But just as it is not always summer in Italy (take my word for it), there are also beautiful boats that are hard-fought elaborations and evolutions of classic design campaigns. That was the situation when I went to La Spezia for a sea trial on the latest product from Ferretti. La Spezia itself is a good example of the 'real' Italy: Certainly not the world's most beautiful port, having been developed around a naval base and a commercial harbor, its working area is modern and brash. But nearby there are some beautiful seaside villages, steeped in history, where it is easy to see what attracted the Roman Legions here and why they built massive forts to defend the place. Take this beauty amid raw industrial power, supplement it with the presence of many wonderful restaurants, and you arrive at just the ambience for which this new Ferretti was designed.