The best places to visit Italy by car?
Despite offering an excellent range of public transport, many prefer to explore the boot country by car. In this post, we’ll tell you what are the best places to visit if you’re using a car. Always remembering that Italian roads are well signposted and extremely well maintained, which helps a lot on the trip! Let’s get to our post of the day: The best places to visit Italy by car? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
It’s not news to anyone that Italy is one of the most beautiful places in the world: it’s a land that always offers big and small surprises. One of the most fascinating ways to visit this unique country is ‘on the road’! The car can be an excellent option and starting without a specific destination can fascinate much more than programming everything minutely. The countries that best engage in this type of trip are those with strict and long-term adherence, in order to present their beauties without making the tourist ‘tired’ of the trip. Which country, if not Italy, has this potential?
The beauties of italy
The beauties of Italy are known around the world and visitors hungry for the ‘Italian Life Style’ come from all over the world, but where are the best places to go by car? Choosing the best places to take a trip to Italy is not easy, considering the amount of Italian artistic heritage, the great cities of art, the small medieval villages, the natural attractions such as the Alps and the Apennines, not to mention the islands and the wonderful coastal stretches taken during the summer season. Precisely for this reason, we have prepared for you the best stops in Italy to visit on the road. At this point, without too many words you will admire these unique places in the world.
1) The best places to visit Italy by car? LIGURIA
We started this journey on the Ligurian road, more precisely towards the Cinque Terre. An unforgettable experience that will take you to discover many small villages overlooking the sea and enchanting landscapes. Along the coast of the Cinque Terre you come to real ‘paintings’ such as Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. Before that, you’ll discover spectacular scenery, the brilliant colors of the houses, the brilliant green of the slopes on which these villages rise, and the deep blue sea that these villages overlook.
During this surreal, colorful journey, it is imperative to stop at the Cinque Terre Park to visit the most famous route, Via dell’Amore, which is easy to walk and reachable for everyone, with a mandatory stop halfway at the Bar dell’Amore, a terrace overlooking the cliff on the famous lovers’ walk.
2) The best places to visit Italy by car? TUSCANY
Another trip from our vision places Tuscany as the protagonist. A region that the whole world envy for its beauty, great food and excellent wines (IF YOU ARE DRIVING DON’T DRINK!). You can start, for example, from Pisa, with the legendary Miracoli Square, and then go to Lucca, with its historic center surrounded by the city walls. The journey continues towards Florence and then reaches the wonderful Chianti hills. Here, hidden among olive groves and vineyards, we find the municipalities of Greve, Panzano, Gaiole, Radda and Castellina, where you can delight your palate with the highest quality food and wine, ideal for relaxing your mind and body in one of the many farms where you can stay.
And then we arrive in Siena, where it would be interesting to visit during the period of the famous Palio di Siena. If that is not possible, you can still admire the charm of the neighborhoods and Piazza del Campo, as well as the wonderful historic center that will immerse you in a climate with a unique flavor. You can bring it to a perfect end by visiting the beauties of Arezzo, as well as discovering Val’orcia, a dream place with its villages: Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza, San Quirico d’Orcia.
3) The best places to visit Italy by car? UMBRIA AND PERUGIA
How not to visit the many places in the Umbria region, which offer enchanting landscapes?! Impossible! There are so many things to see in this region. Don’t miss a visit to Castiglione del Lago; in winter it is wonderful. There are many villages to visit such as Todi, Orvieto, Gubbio, Assisi or Città della Pieve, and one of them stands out, perhaps little known but absolutely unmissable: the picturesque Panicale, with its narrow streets and historic buildings. Among the cities, unmissable for a thousand reasons, is Assisi, interesting not only for the religious, but also for the ‘magic in the air’ that you breathe! Very interesting!
Visiting the city of Assisi means being able to appreciate it in its many aspects. For all those who wish to experience it in its most mystical aspect, it is possible to participate in many religious events that are always happening. Visit it observing the cultural aspect that you can see directly in the most important monuments, such as the Basilica of St Francis, the church of St Clare, the cathedral of St Rufinus.
(Source: Andrea Sartoretti)
Another great place to stop is Perugia, the city of chocolate. Its historic center is small, but it is a place to get lost among its medieval streets, admiring the corners illuminated by wrought iron lamps, where each viewpoint offers beautiful views. The city is beautiful, especially during the big event Eurochocolate, which takes place every year between October and November and offers surprises for the eyes and palate.
4) The best places to visit Italy by car? LE MARCHE
Another place to visit on the road is Le Marche, a small region of central Italy that is as wonderful as it is unusual for its diversity of landscape and territory. An area to be visited and discovered. Its harmonious and sinuous shapes, cliffs and caves alternate with unforgettable beaches, hills that evoke history, art and tradition.
The Marche region, with its low, sandy beaches, invites you to a musical journey, along smooth roads that harmonize with the beauty. On this road route, you cannot miss the beautiful Urbino, whose historic center is a UNESCO heritage, such as Senigallia, Ancona, Loreto, famous for the Sanctuary of Santa Casa, Recanati and finally the spectacular underground caves of Frasassi. Marche is also a unique region in terms of nature, hosting numerous national and regional parks, extensions of orchards and vineyards in the hills of the Piceno region, which surrounds old farms, where it is possible to rediscover the simple taste of genuine things and, above all, the slow and attractive pace of provincial life.
5) The best places to visit Italy by car? THE AMALFI COAST
At this point, we move on to another masterpiece, a trip to the Amalfi Coast and here the show is truly unique in the world. Paths that hug the mountain and picturesque villages that cling to them. Between the sharp curves overlooking the sea, you stop in these beautiful villages that leave a mark on the memory of tourists who flock to this place. A real dreamy, worth-visiting place.
There is Positano, whose eyes are magnificent and where the nightlife is effervescent; Amalfi, with its mysterious alleys. There is the silence and tranquility of Ravello and the history of Vietri sul Mare, from where you can see the coast outline. These are just some of the wonderful villages that make up the coast. From the small living cribs, with their ancient alleys, arches and squares, which fascinate for the atmosphere, the sounds and the intoxicating smells they emanate.
6) The best places to visit Italy by car? THE LAKE GARDA
For lovers of lakes and alpine landscapes, a must-see on the road is Lake Garda. Italy’s largest lake actually offers very different landscapes as you go from south to north: hills dotted with olive trees, vines and cypresses give way to steep white limestone mountains that are ‘thrown’ from the precipice into the water. . We propose that you go along the western side starting from Sirmione and arriving at Riva del Garda.
The Pearl of the Lake: Sirmione
Sirmione is a pleasant town on Lake Garda, at the end of a peninsula, famous for its sulphurous waters; it was already known in Roman times and is celebrated in some verses by Catullus. The remains of numerous Roman villages and the Rocca Scaligera, a castle that defends the access to the citadel and which dates back to 1259, are the main attractions of the city. After Sirmione, head to Desenzano, where you can visit the historic center and the castle from where you can admire a beautiful view of the village and lake. The journey continues to Limone, a center for citrus cultivation, thanks to the particularly mild climate and the production of olive oil. Continue along the road parallel to the lake shore. You will then reach Riva del Garda, a destination for windsurfing and kite surfing lovers, who find ideal wind conditions here.
(Source: Ruben’s Drone Photography)
7) The best places to visit Italy by car? SICILY
And then there are the islands, ideal destinations for a stay under the glow of the sea, but also for culture and art, in fact, they have been the landing place for flourishing cultures and a crossing point for important civilizations. For a trip that combines everything and combines the most beautiful sea in Italy, then you should visit the coast between Palermo and Agrigento in Sicily, which corresponds, almost, to a trip to paradise. Book a flight to Palermo and then, by car or motorbike, head to Trapani, passing through the Zingaro Nature Reserve, a masterpiece, and then the San Vito Lo Capo promontory.
The village is simple and has 2,500 inhabitants, nestled between two nature reserves, dotted with low white Arab-style houses, decorated with majolica and embellished with colorful bougainvilleas, lemons, pomegranates and other lush plants. Then stop to visit Marsala and finally reach Agrigento; then pay a visit to the Valley of the Temples and Scala dei Turchi. You will be surprised.
(Source: Drone Snap)
8) The best places to visit Italy by car? SARDINIA
Another wonderful island is Sardinia, which offers many beautiful places. A car trip to report is one related to southern Sardinia. Everyone talks about the wonderful and most famous beaches in the north. We talked about the city of Olbia and all the breathtaking resorts on the Emerald Coast, but the southern part deserves just as much attention: it’s wilder, but worthy of an excursion between unspoiled nature and hidden coves. A very interesting journey starts in Villasimius and continues towards Cagliari. The rule is to be inspired by the purity of vision and to be guided by our own instinct. Anyway, some landmarks can certainly be San Teodoro, Budoni and then Arbatax, as well as a few hours at sea on beaches like Chia, Pula and Sant’Antioco, with a last dip in Cala Cipolla, truly heavenly places.
(Source: Francesco Pignataro)
9) The best places to visit Italy by car? CALABRIA
The Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria is also worth a visit, where we advise everyone to take a walk, as you will find many beautiful cities. They are places where you can admire beautiful landscapes and, at the same time, excellent cuisine. So don’t hesitate and prepare your car, treating this road trip through beautiful Calabria, with enchanting places like Capo Vaticano, where there are the most beautiful beaches in the region and where you can spend unforgettable days immersed in a turquoise sea and witnessing civilizations old ones that left indelible marks on the landscape.
Tropea and Diamante
What about Tropea, which is the postcard of Calabria in the world, or its beautiful villages? Another Calabrian place to stay is Diamante, a pearl of the Mediterranean Sea. A very beautiful city, beautiful landscapes to see with excellent cuisine that will be the ideal contour of your trip. Of course, there are many other places worth visiting in this somewhat ‘battered’ region, but so beautiful that it’s one more reason to come here on vacation.
10) The best places to visit Italy by car? BASILICATA
Another very interesting trip is suggested by Rocco Papaleo’s film ‘Basilicata Coast to Coast’. It is one of the less-known regions of Italy, but it hides spectacular views. Here you will find white sandy beaches, such as Metaponto, villages in the Pollino National Park carved into the rocks and beautiful cities. Among the villages to visit, it is worth mentioning Lauria, a small medieval village divided into two districts, Castelo and Borgo; Francavilla in Sinni, a medieval town with the remains of the Certosa di San Nicola and numerous chapels. Then there’s Senise, famous for the production of PGI ‘zafran’ peppers, and not far from there is Craco, an ancient medieval village that, since 1963, became a real ghost town after a landslide.
This region has one face and a thousand brows, one being more beautiful than the others. The flagship? Matera, whose charm is unquestionable, especially thanks to its neighborhoods and its famous Sassi, one of the oldest in the world. Internationally known thanks to the film “The Passion of the Christ”, by Mel Gibson, and not only that. In Matera, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s masterpiece ‘The Gospel According to Matthew’ was also shot. It’s no coincidence that this city was recently named European Capital of Culture in 2019, the first city in the south to receive that title.
(Source: Associazione Culturale Vibrazioni Lucane)
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