Video: Autostrada Rest Stop Is the Full-Meal Deal

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When leading a busload of merry travelers around Europe, our practical challenge is to keep things on time and everyone safe, happy, and well fed. Europe's freeway rest stops are generally excellent -- and getting better all the time. Europeans insist on decent food -- even at these fast cafeteria-line eateries. In Italy, we pulled into this rest stop on the autostrada (midway between Venice and Florence) for an hour, which was plenty of time for lunch, coffee, a rest stop, and a bit of shopping. Sixty minutes later, it was wheels up -- next stop, Florence! In this video clip I'll take you on a quick rest-stop tour.

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