We were at the Europcar office right around the appointed 11 a.m. time. There was one agent on duty, and it was taking time to check in the previous customer. Eventually they got to us, booked with a Kemwel voucher. With our car type of Fiat Bravo or similar, I was skeptical when the agent said we'd get a Fiat 500 L. A Fiat 500 evokes one thing for someone with a long history with Italy, not good for a long drive, but this was in fact a roomy enough car for our purposes, and a diesel. I got my bearings well enough to get turned around and onto the bridge out of Venice, being especially alert to follow the speed limits, since I see many stories of people being caught by the speed cameras there.
We joined the autostrada, and it was overall a smooth ride. We stopped for lunch at an Autogrill near Bologna. I had cannelloni that could have been warmer, and Margaret had a nice cold plate of mozzarella, prosciutto, tomatoes, and olives. We exited the autostrada at Cesena, and yes, the machine at the booth accepted my non-chip credit card. Then it was a superstrada through the mountains to Umbertide, with some slowdowns and maybe one scary moment with lanes merging to one because of construction.
Arrival in Umbertide has been pretty calm, getting initial food from my longtime friend Angelo's grocery store. On Saturday we had the farmer's market shortly outside our door, we did a little more shopping, and we've mostly had time to settle in before the arrival of friends expected tomorrow.