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Even though all roads may lead to Rome, you can find amazing monuments and sandy beaches all across Italy. Especially in the South, you can also experience the crystal-clear sea. In the North, you can admire the imposing Alps with their picturesque mountain villages, clear lakes, and winding roads through passes that are worthwhile just to drive through several times.


Upon your return, you will yearn for the ancient towns steeped in history, the delicious cuisine, and real Italian coffee. Maybe not so much, though, for the local drivers who do not feel unnecessarily constrained by traffic rules…

Villages appearing to be grown into rocks and bearing the collective name Cinque Terre are now part of a national park and are listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Vineyards, ramparts, villas, beaches, clear water. Your car is out of the game here, as you can only get here by train, the environmentally friendly local bus line, and of course by bike or on foot while following marked trails.

North-Italian Trentino will charm you with its mountainous vistas, monuments, and the offering of sports and adrenalin activities, but probably most of all its cuisine. Several cooking traditions intersect here and the results are fabulous!

Villa d‘Este (Tivoli near Rome, a UNESCO site) will captivate you not only by its interior with magnificently painted walls, but also its grandiose park. In addition to the thousands of plants and trees filling its garden, there are dozens of terraces and hundreds of fountains and sculptures.

You can combine your stay on the beach with exploration of such historic cities as Florence, Pisa, Sienna, Lucca, and Arezzo (famous for its jewellers), and especially the famed local wineries (including a tasting at the Tenuta Greppo winery in Montalcino).

Environmentally friendly zones in many cities are marked only in Italian, and city centres are practically
inaccessible for non-locals. Italian drivers are not very disciplined, but know very well how to drive.

It is mandatory to use your car’s lights during daylight hours all year round, and it is mandatory that a reflective vest be on-board for everyone in the vehicle. The speed limit on the motorway in rain is reduced to 110 km/h. Drivers licenced to drive less than three years have a 100 km/h speed limit and a zero tolerance for blood alcohol.

Motorways are expensive (more than 5 euro to drive 100 km). Almost half of the motorways are also permanently monitored by radar! Fines are imposed for driving just 10 km/h over the limit. Petrol and diesel fuel are among the most expensive in Europe.


Do you have plans for your vacation yet? We have a better tip for you than drawing a finger on the map. Each week in our series of articles, we will present to you one of the seven selected European countries and their most attractive destinations. Overview of the countries is on the map below - click on each country to find out more. Stay tuned and let our interactive map inspire you.

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