Posted by: Debra Kolkka | January 14, 2012

Finding Fiats

We have a baby blue Fiat 500. It is the new model, not the absolutely gorgeous old one. We still see quite a few of the original Bambinos scooting around Italy. I love them.

This little blue one was standing in the rain in Trastevere, Rome.

It looks good from any angle.

Just around the corner I spotted this cute van.

It is very well cared for.

This little baby was hanging around in Florence.

Fiats get around. This one was advertising  a restaurant  in Helsinki.

Siena had one too.

On holidays by the sea in Rapallo.

Bagni di Lucca has a few. As well as this orange one there is a gorgeous chartreuse one scooting around. If I ever find it standing still I will photograph it.

You can see how small they are!! Jim is standing beside this Fiat in Bologna.

Jim standing beside a Bambino in Bologna – I didn’t have a matchbox

Our Fiat lives in Brisbane.

la nostra machina

In Italy we drive a Toyota Corolla.

Click here to see more on our baby blue Fiat.


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  1. Debra hi! would you like to write a guest post for my blog http://mrsoaroundtheworld.com on Bagni the Lucca, the perfect weekend? thanks! Ana

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  2. I LOVE cinquecentos! Such a cute car!

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    • I love them too. The old ones are lovely, but a bit too small for us.

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  3. Debra…….Your little ‘bella donna’ is gorgeous and I’ll look out for the orange and chartreuse fiats (2 of my favourite colours) when I get to Bagni di Lucci in April. Ciao, Robyn

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    • I love to see these cute little cars still getting about.

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  4. Some great looking cars in Italy! My partner Sara would LOVE the orange one. Hope you are having a warm and sunny weekend there is Brisbane.
    Kathy

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    • It is warm, but not so sunny today – all good.

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  5. I am obsessed with old cars and adore this post!

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    • There are still quite a lot of old bambinos on the roads in Italy. Some are beautifully restored and others not.

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  6. I have fond memories of standing up through the roof when my mother drove one in the 60’s. Standing definitely not allowed now.

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    • You definitely need a seat belt these days.

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  7. Cinquecentos are so cute. Loved your unexpected punch line!

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    • We love our Fiat in Australia. We also love the automatic Toyota we drive in Italy.

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  8. that matchbox quip had me laughing. I love these little cars built to manage the tiny european street and park anywhere the driver sees a teensy weensy space.. Anywhere at all if you are in Italy! c

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    • These cars are unbelievably tiny. Our new Fiat is much bigger, but still easy to park.

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  9. They have become very collectable around the world. They also made a sports/race model “the Abarth”. A friend of mine has one and its very quick through the mountains. Italy has made some very nice vehicles in the past (4 or 2 wheel types). They all have something sopecial in their design.
    In June this year I will be in BDL for a week.

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    • I have seen the sport model a few times – very nice! I will be back in BdL on 9th February until mid May.

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  10. What great cars. And I love the one with the Roma number plates.

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    • The green van was especially lovely, and in perfect condition.

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  12. Deb, this is my dream car. A cinquecento, retro green if you please. Completely unrealistic with three kids, but hey.

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    • The new Fiat is surprisingly roomy. I called our car the Tardis for a while, because I could’t believe how big it is onside. The old ones are tiny!

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  13. I love these little iconic cars – wish that I could fit my family into one but sadly not – we have however become the proud owners of a Fiat Panda which runs on the smell of an oily rag and which we frequently have trouble finding when we park up as there are SO many around!!!

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    • Our car in Italy is silver, just like most other cars. To remember the number plate so that I can find it in car parks I have used the letters to form a rather rude name for the car. I have never remembered a number plate so easily. I will tell you the name when next I see you.

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  14. What a fab series of photos, such good memory prompts, (goes off into car memories) brian’s sister had a grey one in 1967, it was her first car. I have a feeling my mother had one too. The fiat I do remember was when my Dad swapped his boring Triumph 2000 one day and came home with a lemon yellow Fiat 124, I think he was having a midlife crisis. He zoomed about the suburbs in that one very happily for a good while 😉

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    • I love driving our blue Fiat. People really do smile and wave to me at traffic lights.

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  15. In 1982 when Len and I lived in Aceto, near Reggio Emelia, for 3 months, we were lent a little Fiat by our Agent to use while there. It was great fun but a bit different to the Fairlane we drove at home! It had canvas seats and a trombone gear stick but drove us safely right up into the Dolomites on a trip. I’m sure yours is much different now. I have a photo but it is on a slide in a suitcase waiting for me to sort it along with hundreds of others and scan them on to my computer one day when I get time!!

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    • It seems many people have fond memories of these bambinos.

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  16. They are so cute! I’m quite smitten with the baby blue one 😀

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  17. i love cinquecento
    i took this picture last summer on my trip to rome 🙂
    http://webwestphotos.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/cinquecento/

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  18. Beautiful cars! I love the old ones, but the new ones look pretty stylish too 🙂

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  19. Do you have the car in Italy or Australia? I’m thinking of trading my suburban for a 500!

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    • We drive the Fiat in Australia. That is Brisbane in the background. We drive our trusty Toyota Corolla in Italy.

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  20. LOVE the 500s, old and new. They’re recently available in Canada too; someday I will have one, here or there. The baby blue is a great colour.

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    • We don’t see too many driving around Brisbane, but I recently saw another baby blue one.

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  21. What a wonderful collection of cars!! Love your little ‘Italian’ ones!!!

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  22. I’ve been pining away for one for about 5 years now. Every once and a while I would see an old one parked on a street nearby. Recently we knocked on the man’s door and asked him about it-he restores cars and has one that he could fix up for us if we wanted. I’d be happy to have a new one though!

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    • We love our new Fiat. The old ones are lovely, but very small and I imagine their would be a lot of maintenance for such an old car.

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  23. Thanks sucha cute car! Love your post:)

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  24. Reblogged this on Exclusive in Italy's Blog.

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  25. Wonderful pictures of the colourful cars. I am in the picture 9 down

    Pam Proctor

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    • I took that photo the day we went to Rapallo. I knew it was you in the background!

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  26. I love seeing the gorgeous old cars still choofing around Argenton-sur-Creuse France. They are full of character.

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    • They are very cute little cars. It is amazing that there are so many of them still around.

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