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The 5 Best Italian Road Trips

Rent a car and explore a different side of Italy.

There are so many different ways to explore Italy. Most people prefer to navigate by foot or public transportation as they fear driving in a foreign country. However, renting a car in Italy and touring the land is one of the best ways to travel. Keep in mind, there will be tolls along the way, so make sure you bring some spare change and always bring a map in case your phone’s GPS gives out on you. Now that you’re packed and ready, here are the best Italian road trips for you!

5. Lake Como

Lake Como

 

If you’re looking for a round trip adventure visit Lake Como. Start your trip in Como and head towards Villa Olmo and Bellagio. You’ll also travel through Lecco and Bergamo before heading back to Como. There are dozens of other small towns along the way you can visit as well. The best time for this adventure is spring when the plants are in bloom, and the weather is just turning warm. Just imagine driving along with the top down and inhaling the flowery scents in the air. 

4. Lake Garda

Lake Garda

 

If Lake Como is too popular for your taste, check out Lake Garda. This trip starts off in Verona, the city of the ill-fated lovers Romeo and Juliet. The road will take you to Brescia then onto Limone Sul Garda. While here, take some time to try your hand at windsurfing, the lake’s most popular water sport. Additionally, before you head to Trento to end your journey, take a cable car up to Mount Baldo for the best views of the area. 

3. Puglia 

Polignano a Mare

 

Located in the area known as the heel of the boot, Puglia is a great road trip for those looking for something off the beaten path. Your journey will start in the medieval town of Bari from which you’ll travel to the coastal town of Polignano a Mare then onto Alberobello. You’ll then travel to Martina Franca, Ostuni, Ceglie Messapica, and Lecce. On this road trip, you will find numerous historical sites to visit as well as plenty of local beaches. The overall journey should take about 6 days depending on how long you wish to spend in each town. 

2. The Great Dolomites Road

The Dolomites

 

This road trip will take you through the Italian Alps, so be prepared for narrow roadways and precarious turns. Your trip should start in Bolzano before you go on to Cardano, Lago Di Carezza, Val di Fassa, Canazei, Passo Pordoi, and onto Cortina d’Ampezzo. You will have an opportunity to hike portions of the mountainous region while immersing yourself in the local culture. If you’re driving straight through it will take you about 5 hours overall. If you plan to stop and stay awhile, make it a two-day excursion. 

1. Amalfi Coast

Positano

 

If you’re looking for a road trip with stunning coastal views and quaint villages, the Amalfi Coast is the spot for you. You will start in Naples, where you can spend the day exploring the volcanic island of Ischia before hitting the road and heading into Sorrento. Afterward, you should travel to Nerano, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, before ending your trip in Salerno. Overall your journey should take about a week, but give yourself longer if you feel the need. Everyone knows once you set your eyes on these Italian towns, it will be hard to drag yourself away. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of Limoncello liquor along the way, it is one of the area’s most famous exports. 

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