Road-trip in Italia

Northern Italian. When we think we think Rome Italy, espresso and pizza, blazing sun, warm sea and plate of spaghetti prepared by Mama dressed in black. But we forget the northern lakes. Rich and mountainous region, from France, is an area to visit!

F rom Lyon, head towards the Alps. For cross 2 options available to you: to cross a pass, or a tunnel.

If you are in a hurry, choose the tunnel option, but I do not advise you because it does not win so long as AC and it is more expensive … But if you really go for the highway all along, prefer the Mont Blanc tunnel to that of Frejus, not only you will be better situated for the great Italian lakes but in addition you will enjoy the incredible spectacle of the Chamonix valley which one never tires. From the road, admire the Bossons glacier that seems to throw on the road then the Aiguille du Midi (leaning his head a little …). You have 2 minutes? Do not miss a beer tasting at the micro-brewery in Chamonix, MBC, at the intersection in front of ENSA.

If you prefer to take your time and play the card of the economy, choose the Tarentaise Valley to Bourg Saint Maurice. Coming out of the tunnel Siaix you will find that the valley opens again with magnificent views. If the narrow mountain roads do not scare you, head of Côte d’Aime Aime when you switch to and follow the road mountainside file on the “Slope of the sun.” Faced with the resorts of Les Arcs and La Plagne, this small balcony road offers magnificent views (which to make a picnic break) and passes through pretty villages ignored tourists …

Then back down to Bourg Saint Maurice and if you feel like, go to the bar Bazoom (inevitable), the Cooperative (next to the tourist office) selling cheeses and sausages from the Unbeatable Valley (go without Feel free to Beaufort Summer), then Labo (board shop), do a “check” Polo!

Then, towards Tignes, then Seez, turn to the Rosiere to cross the border at the Col du Petit Saint Bernard. Italian side is the tile (caution the road down the Italian side is narrow and very winding … but the scenery worth visiting). Tile is constantly swept by the cool winds that descend from the glacier Ruitor that can be seen in the valley. That’s it, you are in Italy, you have the pasta, espresso and “ciao”.

Take the direction of Aosta and catch the Italian highway. Once in Ivrea, head of Biella and Gattinara and then Borgomanero. Here, I suggest you do the shopping because after supermarkets are rarer …

Just next door is Arona, on the shores of Lake Maggiore, where you will head north to make your turn.

1st stop not to be missed: Stresa. The city is beautiful and immediately plunges you in the heart of northern Italy. Do not miss a stroll through the old town and why not swim in the lake!

Stresa is also the departure point for boats to visit the islands Isola Bella and Isola Superior. These islands are beautiful, you must visit an ice cream. Mediterranean atmosphere you wander through the narrow pedestrian streets of a pizzeria in an old building well and port to the park …

Then, towards Verbania Miazzina (I invite you to stop overnight, the municipal campground is very friendly and the feet in the water … But be careful, it’s tiny!)

Then Cannobio, take again the time to get down to the port taste the pasta and ice while walking.

In San Bartolomeo, you are about to enter Switzerland. Then you arrive in Locarno. A mix of Switzerland and Italy. There is a beautiful view of the lake, amazing chocolates and pizzas made in the rules of art … But watch the wallet, here you are in a chic Swiss city …

Here you have 2 options, continue your tour of Lake Maggiore in Italy and down to the south of the lake to take the motorway to Milan, either immediately take the highway. You choose!

Milan, the capital of Italian fashion. It is absolutely impossible to miss the Duomo, the Castello Sforzesco and Piazza dei Mercanti also. But beware, the scenery station, here you are in a big city …

Then continue your périble in Tuscany: Parma, Bologna (very industrial) and finally, Florence, beautiful. Step unavoidable Firenze embodies the Italian Renaissance, because of its rich architecture and unique museums.

Pleasant and fascinating, Florence still retains the architectural appearance of the city, which from the late Middle Ages, was the political and cultural beacon of Europe. Although it is one of the Italian cities submerged by mass tourism, its artistic heritage makes it a unique place in the world, where the concentration of museums and masterpieces beyond imagination. Do not miss a beat.

Want to see more? So take the direction of Pisa and go admire the famous tower …

From here out of the question to return without taking the time to stop in Monterosso al Mare in the heart of the 5 Lands (Cinque terre). I do not tell you more, you will discover for yourself …