What sets Ethiopia apart from its African neighbors? Or that Rastafarians regard it as their spiritual home? Or could it be the smooth, well-maintained roads, so rare on the continent, that make exploring the country by car such a joy? After a 1,430-kilometer drive through Ethiopia’s Northern Circuit — up mountains, through Mars-like landscapes, into lost kingdoms of yore — we found 10 crucial things that define the country. 1. The best Italian restaurant in the world (according to Bob Geldof, anyway) The buzzing bedlam of Mahatma Gandhi Street in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, is the setting for Castelli’s — arguably the best Italian restaurant this side of Bologna.