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Head Over Heel: Seduced by Southern Italy by Chris Harrison

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Giovanni most welcome

When Daniela had done her driving course twelve years earlier, she spent more time at the beach than in the classroom. Her unorthodox instructor, Giovanni Benvenuto, who worked at an autoscuola in Castellano, preferred to hold summer school at the seaside. Daniela recalls how Giovanni would collect her from home, together with a carload of other students, take them to La Botte, then supervise a few hill starts in the car park before instructing them to dive rather than drive. His wife Rosanna made pasta with the mussels and clams they prised off rocks, a seafood marinara her husband shared with students while explaining the rules of the road.

As soon as she heard I had to get my Italian licence, Daniela suggested I contact ...

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