Fiat Punto, Sardinia, Italy

AUGUST 2010 – A Fiat Punto 4-door car has been parked next to the SS 125 road in the mountains of Sardinia, Italy. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Every now and then I like to post photos of the cars I have driven, be it my own car or a rental car. That’s simply because I like driving cars.

On our trip to Sardinia we rented a Fiat Punto 4-door compact car (“Type 199”). You may wonder why a 4-door car for two people? Comfort. I usually put the camera bag on the back seats so I don’t have to open the trunk or move the drivers seat to the front. I can quickly get the camera through the back doors. Which is convenient.

The Fiat Punto has been a really good car that I still like very much. It’s lightweight, so it does not require a lot of gas. But it’s still dynamic and you don’t have to worry about overtaking another car or driving up a hill. Admittedly, the trunk is rather on the small side, but still sufficient for grocery shopping or a couple of travel bags. And the Punto is reliable and robust. You don’t get a lot of fancy electronic gadgets. It’s a car that is supposed to drive, and it does just that. And very nicely so.

Sadly, Fiat has stopped producing the car in Europe in August 2018.

Ah, I took this photo on our way from Arbatax at the east coast to Ulassai in the mountains. Concretely, somewhere along SS 125, the narrow and long winded road that leads to Jerzu, Ulassai and the Grotto di Su Marmuri (which is highly recommended.)

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time29-AUG-2010, 16:00
LocationSS 125, Sardinia, Italy
CameraCanon EOS 5D
LensCanon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Exposure1/320 sec at f/8
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera Raw (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3974 x 2649 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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