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Go on a road trip to northern Italy with Blacksheep Van in a converted van!

Want to discover this beautiful country rich in culture, monuments, nature and gastronomy? For a weekend of 3 days or a week of holidays, go visit the must-sees of northern Italy. On the program for this road trip in Italy by converted van: visit Turin, Florence or the beautiful Venice. But also the Cinque Terre and its colorful houses! To breathe in the fresh air, go hiking at the foot of Mount Viso or in the Dolomites!

This road trip is written for a departure from our agency in Grenoble, but a departure is also possible from the agencies of the region (Lyon, Annecy, Geneva …)!

Our tips for a successful road trip:

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Day 1: Turin

From our agency in Grenoble or the region (Lyon, Annecy or Geneva), take the road to start this road trip in northern Italy. First stop after a few hours drive: Turin. Ancient capital of several kingdoms of yesteryear, this city has a past rich in history.

Our selection of monuments to visit in Turin:
- Historic center with the Royal Palace of Turin or piazza San Carlo where you will find twin churches. Stroll to discover the ancient monuments, witnesses of the past of the city. Not far from there, you can admire the Palatine Gate, one of the entrances used during the medieval period. It is one of the oldest monuments in Turin and well preserved.
- Mole Antonelliana, from the top of its 167m, this monument overlooks the city and offers a panoramic view of the whole city. It also houses the Film Museum.
- Parco del Valentino: park very appreciated by the Italians, you can walk and admire the Lake of Po which runs along the park.
- Superga: end the day on this hill with a sunset. From there you will have a breathtaking view of the city and the Alps.

If you enjoy museums, you might be interested in the Egyptological Museum of Turin, one of the largest museums in the city or the Carignan Palace-Museum which presents the Italian risorgimento. You can also stop at the Automobile Museum, the Museum of Oriental Art or for football fans: the museum of the famous Juventus team.

In the evening, head to the Pian Del Re nature reserve to find a quiet spot in the open air to spend your first night! Don't forget to look on the Park4Night app or the Blacksheepapp. For your first shower, do not hesitate to read our article on hygiene in van,it can guide you if you are a little lost on the different options.

Day 2: Mount Viso and Genoa

This morning, first awakening aboard your van for this road trip to Italy with Blacksheep Van. Go to the foot of Mount Viso, one of the highest peaks of the Italian Alps. Stroll through the Pian Del Re Nature Reserve where Italy's longest river is born: Po. You will have a beautiful view of Mount Viso, with many marked trails. This is the perfect place to start this day!

In the afternoon, direction Genoa. Renowned for being home to the country's most important port, this city is a must stop during this road trip in northernItaly. If we were to recommend only a few viewpoints to visit, we would advise you to:
- the port (without hesitation): first Italian port, visit its emblematic lantern, Galata: the museum of the sea. There is also the Galleon Neptune, a pirate ship that will delight your children. This boat was built in 1986 for the movie "Pirates"
- Garibaldi Street, the city is known for its many palaces, and it is said that 42 palaces classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site are located in this street. Some visit each other, others admire each other only outside. You will be surprised by the variation of the colors of the facades and different styles, such as Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco or Doria Tursi.
- The royal palace of the seventeenth century,
- Boccadasse, not far from Genoa: it is a small fishing village with colorful houses. Discover the charm of this village with its postcard landscape and enjoy the local specialties.

In the evening, when you are comfortably settled and you will look at the sublime photos you have taken in the last two days... Don't hesitate to tag us on social networks(Facebook or Instagram)! The Blacksheep team will be delighted to follow your adventures aboard their campervan!

Day 3: Cinque Terre

Third day of road trip in northern Italy, on the program today: the Cinque Terre. These are five villages located side by side with a lot of charm. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these villages will offer you a typical Mediterranean view. They are often stormed in July and August, so it is better to avoid this period. But we promise you that you will not be disappointed!
The fifth land or villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore are located on the west coast of Italy. To visit these small villages, we advise you to park your converted van and move by train. It will be much more convenient as it is very difficult to park. Indeed, access to cars is prohibited in the villages (you will understand why when you are there). You can park your van near Levanto or La Spezia before taking the train to the different villages.

Continue with this road trip in the Cinque Terre with Vernazza. With its fishing port surrounded by many vineyards, discover the church of S. Margherita. Built in the fourteenth century, it is easily recognizable thanks to its tower. There is also the Doria Castle to visit. The ruins as well as the remaining tower are the only vestige of the enclosure. From here you will have a breathtaking view of the skylines and the village. Stroll through the small alleys before heading to Monterosso. It is the largest village in the Cinque Terre. Let yourself be charmed by the neo-Gothic style of the church of San Giovanni Battista. There is also the Soviore sanctuary at 400m above sea level. End your day by the beach to admire the sunset before returning to your converted van.

Depending on your desires, we advise you to take the Cinque Terre Card. It will allow you to take the train for free, bus but also to access the hiking trails that connect the villages with each other.
To get from one village to another, you can choose to hike the Cinque Terre on the Azzuro Trail (about 12 km). It is a path that passes along the coast so you will have time to admire the landscapes as far as the eye can see.

It is complicated to visit all the villages in one day, you can adapt the itinerary if you want to stay longer! Discover the other three villages during this road trip in the Cinque Terre:

Corniglia: perched village, it is not close to the sea but you can enjoy an exceptional view. It is famous for the vineyards that surround it, but to access it you have to deserve it. 382 steps await you to access the summit (we reassure you there are shuttles). It is the village that has kept the most authentic character.

Manarola: The colorful houses are typical and make the landscape so unique. The church of San Lorenzo, the mill of Manarola that made prosperity by producing wines and oils. The small port: the perfect spot to take a picture with the sea and colorful houses.

Riomaggiore: the church of San Giovanni Battista, the castle of Riomaggiore, museum of local history. The particularity of the houses is to have two entrances to be able to exit quickly because of the slope.

We hope that this road trip in northern Italy will make you want to go on an adventure aboard a converted van! Need inspiration? Find our road-trips ideas. A question or need more information? Please contact us at 33 (0)9 51 38 88 15 or by email at contact@blacksheep-van.com. See you on the road very soon!

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Turin

Day 1: Turin

From our agency in Grenoble or the region (Lyon, Annecy or Geneva), take the road to start this road trip in northern Italy. First stop after a few hours drive: Turin. Ancient capital of several kingdoms of yesteryear, this city has a past rich in history.

Our selection of monuments to visit in Turin:
- Historic center with the Royal Palace of Turin or piazza San Carlo where you will find twin churches. Stroll to discover the ancient monuments, witnesses of the past of the city. Not far from there, you can admire the Palatine Gate, one of the entrances used during the medieval period. It is one of the oldest monuments in Turin and well preserved.
- Mole Antonelliana, from the top of its 167m, this monument overlooks the city and offers a panoramic view of the whole city. It also houses the Film Museum.
- Parco del Valentino: park very appreciated by the Italians, you can walk and admire the Lake of Po which runs along the park.
- Superga: end the day on this hill with a sunset. From there you will have a breathtaking view of the city and the Alps.
If you enjoy museums, you might be interested in the Egyptological Museum of Turin, one of the largest museums in the city or the Carignan Palace-Museum which presents the Italian risorgimento. You can also stop at the Automobile Museum, the Museum of Oriental Art or for football fans: the museum of the famous Juventus team.

In the evening, head to the Pian Del Re nature reserve to find a quiet spot in the open air to spend your first night! Don't forget to look on the Park4Night app or the Blacksheepapp. For your first shower, do not hesitate to read our article on hygiene in van,it can guide you if you are a little lost on the different options.

Mount Viso

Day 2: Mount Viso and Genoa

This morning, first awakening aboard your van for this road trip in Italy. Go to the foot of Mount Viso, one of the highest peaks of the Italian Alps. Stroll through the Pian Del Re Nature Reserve where Italy's longest river is born: Po. You will have a beautiful view of Mount Viso, with many marked trails. This is the perfect place to start this day!

Genoa

In the afternoon, direction Genoa. Renowned for being home to the country's most important port, this city is a must stop during this road trip in northernItaly. If we were to recommend only a few viewpoints to visit, we would advise you to:
- the port (without hesitation): first Italian port, visit its emblematic lantern, Galata: the museum of the sea. There is also the Galleon Neptune, a pirate ship that will delight your children. This boat was built in 1986 for the movie "Pirates"
- Garibaldi Street, the city is known for its many palaces, and it is said that 42 palaces classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site are located in this street. Some visit each other, others admire each other only outside. You will be surprised by the variation of the colors of the facades and different styles, such as Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco or Doria Tursi.
- The royal palace of the seventeenth century,
- Boccadasse, not far from Genoa: it is a small fishing village with colorful houses. Discover the charm of this village with its postcard landscape and enjoy the local specialties.

Cinque Terre

Day 3: Cinque Terre

Third day of road trip in northern Italy, on the program today: the Cinque Terre. These are five villages located side by side with a lot of charm. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these villages will offer you a typical Mediterranean view. They are often stormed in July and August, so it is better to avoid this period. But we promise you that you will not be disappointed!
The Cinque Terre or the villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore are located on the west coast of Italy. To visit these small villages, we advise you to park your converted van and move by train. It will be much more convenient as it is very difficult to park. Indeed, access to cars is prohibited in the villages (you will understand why when you are there). You can park near Levanto or La Spezia before taking the train to the different villages.

Continue with this road trip in the Cinque Terre with Vernazza. With its fishing port surrounded by many vineyards, discover the church of S. Margherita. Built in the fourteenth century, it is easily recognizable thanks to its tower. There is also the Doria Castle to visit. The ruins as well as the remaining tower are the only vestige of the enclosure. From here you will have a breathtaking view of the skylines and the village. Stroll through the small alleys before heading to Monterosso. It is the largest village in the Cinque Terre. Let yourself be charmed by the neo-Gothic style of the church of San Giovanni Battista. There is also the Soviore sanctuary at 400m above sea level. End your day by the beach to admire the sunset before returning to your converted van.

Depending on your desires, we advise you to take the Cinque Terre Card. It will allow you to take the train for free, bus but also to access the hiking trails that connect the villages with each other.
To get from one village to another, you can choose to hike the Cinque Terre on the Azzuro Trail (about 12 km). It is a path that passes along the coast so you will have time to admire the landscapes as far as the eye can see.

Riomaggiore

It is complicated to visit all the villages in one day, you can adapt the itinerary if you want to stay longer! Discover the other three villages during this road trip in the Cinque Terre:

Corniglia: perched village, it is not close to the sea but you can enjoy an exceptional view. It is famous for the vineyards that surround it, but to access it you have to deserve it. 382 steps await you to access the summit (we reassure you there are shuttles). It is the village that has kept the most authentic character.

Manarola: The colorful houses are typical and make the landscape so unique. The church of San Lorenzo, the mill of Manarola that made prosperity by producing wines and oils. The small port: the perfect spot to take a picture with the sea and colorful houses.

Riomaggiore: the church of San Giovanni Battista, the castle of Riomaggiore, museum of local history. The particularity of the houses is to have two entrances to be able to exit quickly because of the slope.

Florence

Day 4: Florence and Bologna

For this fourth day of road trip in Italy,direction Florence. A true pearl of Tuscany, it is one of the most beautiful Italian cities. Leave your van out of town as you will have a hard time parking in the city centre. Cradle of the Renaissance, you can visit cathedrals, churches, authentic squares or museums.
Points of interest to visit in Florence:
- The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and its Duomo
- The uffizi gallery or the Galleria degli Uffizi
- The Gallery of the Academy or the Galleria dell'Accademia
- Palazzo Pitti or Palazzo Pitti
- Boboli Garden
- Ponte Vecchio
- Piazzale Michelangelo for its panoramic view
- Basilica of Santa Croce

Bologna

Then, direction Bologna or nicknamed the red city. Halfway between Florence and Venice, this city does not lack charm especially with the historic center. Start your tour with the symbol of the city: the two towers, Due Torri. These towers, symbols of wealth and power in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. You will probably pass by Piazza Maggiore, a must in the visit with its palaces and the Basilica of San Petronio. Make a stop at the Basilica Santa Stefano, which brings together 4 religious monuments that communicate with each other. Bologna is known for being a university city and for good reason: you will find the oldest university in Europe. Founded in 1088, you can admire the coats of arms of the noble students and professors who frequented the place. Another unusual place: the Teatro Anatomico where the corpses were dissected in the past. Then end your day at the Gelato Museum, located in Carpigiani (30 min from Bologna). Discover the history of ice cream through the centuries and finish with a tasting!

In the evening, when you are comfortably settled and you will look at the sublime photos you have taken in the last two days... Don't hesitate to tag us on social networks(Facebook or Instagram)! The Blacksheep team will be delighted to follow your adventures aboard their campervan!

Venice

Day 5: Venice

Impossible to take a road trip in Italy without going through Venice, jewel of Italy. We could not offer you a road trip to northern Italy without going through Venice. We know that it is a very popular destination for tourists from all over the world... We advise you to park outside the city, then take public transport to get to the center as there is no parking (or very expensive) in Venice.
We have given you a small recap of the things to see and visit in Venice, the city of the Doges:
- St. Mark's Square, probably the most emblematic place of the city. It is the main square of Venice.
- St. Mark's Basilica, located in the square with its mosaics and domes.
- The Doge's Palace and its Gothic architecture. It houses many works by famous artists
- the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, at the end of the Grand Canal. It is quickly recognizable thanks to its dome and remains a very impressive monument of Venice.
- The different bridges all over the city give a special charm to Venice.
- The islands, including Murano, known for its know-how in glassware. Burano for its colorful houses and lace industry.
- Ghetto district, where the Jewish community was forced to live from the XVI to the eighteenth century. This is the first ghetto in history: the neighborhood was controlled by two doors that were closed in the evening to prevent people from going out.
Surely you won't be able to see everything but... Make a selection of the places that interest you the most!

Dolomites

Day 6: Dolomites

For this penultimate day... Go on a road trip in the Dolomites by van! The region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will take your eyes full. If like us, you love mountains, natural landscapes, you will be delighted! Here is a list of points of interest to the Dolomites, choose what attracts you the most:
- Lago di Carezza, Lake Carezza or Karersee: turquoise water, fir trees, mountains. It is known as the Rainbow Lake.
- the Church of S. Giovanni in Ranui
- Santa Magdalena, small mountain village in the heart of the Dolomites
- Alpe di Siusi, alpine pasture where you can walk with exotic views between mountains and forests.
- Les Tre Cime: unmissable hike. You will understand when you are in front! It is an easy hike, which will offer you a breathtaking view of this rocky trinity.
- Hiking to the Cinque Torri: a little more difficult than the Tre Cime, it will take you a few hours.
- Lago Di Sorapis, a glacial lake with a singular color: a milky blue. We advise you to leave very early in the morning to enjoy the calm.

Bergamo

Day 7: Bergamo and Milan

Last day of road trip in northern Italy, before hitting the road again to make the van... Make a stop in Bergamo and/or Milan to enjoy your last moments in Italy!
Bergamo is a medieval town with the old town on one side and the modern city on the other.
- the ramparts in the old town from where you can admire the sunrise with the Venetian gate of San Giacomo. It was once the entrance to the city.
- walk in the old town: Bergamo Alta with the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Piazza Becchia.
- the thermal baths of San Pellegrino (next to Bergamo) to finish this road trip in style.

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If you prefer Milan, check out:
- The Duomo Square of Milan, one of the most emblematic places in Milan
- the Royal Palace, an art exhibition centre
- the Victor Emmanuel II gallery with its baroque and neoclassical architecture
- the church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, which hosts the famous Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci
- Leonardo da Vinci's Museum, where you can admire models, measuring instruments and other exhibitions on science
- the alleys of milan city center

We hope that this road trip in northern Italy will make you want to go on an adventure aboard a converted van! Need inspiration? Find our road-trips ideas. A question or need more information? Please contact us at 33 (0)9 51 38 88 15 or by email at contact@blacksheep-van.com. See you on the road very soon!

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