One of the best ways to see a country is to take to the road with a map and a good set of wheels in order to enjoy a road trip. Road Trips allow you to travel at your own pace, to go where you want to go and to stay there as long as you like. You can travel a popular route, or can go off the beaten track – it really is up to you. As long as your having fun, you can go wherever you want to and see some beautiful sights on your way.
If you are planning a road trip through Europe, the main thing you need to do is to make sure your car is up for the trip, maybe having a service beforehand paying particular attention to your tyres which are going to see some wear and may be driving on difficult terrains at times. You also need to update the Sat Nav to take in new roads and look at accommodation on your route, you don’t want to leave too much to chance, especially in Summer and then end up sleeping in your car.
One of the most beautiful places to explore on a road trip is Italy, which is a mixture of stunning coastline, lush mountain ranges and stunning and historic towns and cities.
Here are a couple of highlights that you really should explore by car.
The Amalfi Coast
I once had the pleasure of travelling from Naples to Sorrento by way of Pompeii and it was one of the most exhilarating experiences in my life. The scenery is literally to die for, although some of the cliff top roads are not for those who are scared of heights. Try not to be distracted by those views, but do stop and take photo’s from the many scenic view points.
Sorrento itself is a fabulous mix of shopping, restaurants and fabulous hotels perfect if you want an overnight stopover. Another must see if Amalfi itself, with its stunning Cattedrale di Sant’Andrea , and, of course, whilst you are in the shadow of Vesuvius, you must see the still incredible ruins of Pompeii. But go early in the morning, it gets very hot in the midday sun.
Tuscany has long been on my to-do travel wishlist because I am just desperate to visit Florence, a city that is full of glorious architecture, art and culture. Of course Tuscany is also home to the wine region, and so will also resonate with those who love a tipple of the red stuff, although this may mean you have to pack the car up and walk for a while.
I first fell in love with Tuscany because of the Diane Lane film Under A Tuscan Sun (I’ve blogged about it, you can find it here) and it is still a place that I need to visit, combining countryside and vineyards with the likes of Orvieto and Siena.
Definitely a place to spend some of your Summer.
Have you ever been on a road trip? Where did you go?