Kitty's Top 5 Summer Sun - #3 Italy
Up next on Kittyâs Top 5 European Destinations is Italy, and I am a little daunted at the idea of writing about it. I have been there many times and each time the number of places on my âmust seeâ list just keeps on growing. What I really want to do is to hire a car and drive all the over country, going from Sicily in summer, the whole way north to the Brenner pass in winter, I want to eat, drink, swim, ski, cycle, tour, chill, party and just live the whole Italian experience!
As you can see I am a fan of Italy! And why wouldnât I be, itâs a great country to holiday in. Whether you want an adventure holiday in winter or summer, to laze on a beach, to eat amazing food, drink great coffee, stay in small agri tourimos or ultra-chic hotels. Italy literally has it all. And a superb climate to enjoy a wonderful outdoor lifestyle.
Driving is a great way to see what Italy has on offer; and there roads are for the most part, really good. There are motorways going almost everywhere, and then there are the more scenic roads for something a little more rustic and adventurous. You should note that motorways are tolled, and they are not the cheapest. I can only tell you of my experiences, and I am not familiar with the south so much, but you will pay about âŹ7.50 for 100kms of motorway (rough calculation). This should be a consideration when hiring a car as it will add to the cost, however you do get unlimited mileage on most car rentals, so you can explore as much as you wish and where you can, you can avoid motorways and really see the beauty of Italy.
Now that we have established all of that... Where should you actually go to? Well, it really depends on where you fly into to pick up your airport car rental. But for the purposes of the blog here I am just going to list a few of top choices;
For the best cities head to Rome, Venice, Florence and Naples. You will be treated to history, culture, food, wine, romance, coffee, chaos, scooters, Italian glamour and drama.
To relax in the countryside or close to a beach, I recommend Umbria which is beautiful and steeped in history and not so crowded with tourists. Venture north to Tuscany and sample some Chianti as well as some amazing local food in the agri tourismos you find along the way.
If it is beaches that you want, look no further than the Amalfi Coast, all and all along the beautiful coast of Puglia which boasts over 500 miles of coastline.
And as you start to head north, make sure you check out the Italian lakes for sun, swimming, relaxation and usually a lot of local activities for the outdoorsy types and for families alike. Lakes Como and Garda are probably the most famous, and they have a lot to offer holiday makers.
For those on an adventure holiday, be it winter or summer, there is a lot of activity in the Dolomites and the Alps with great walking, hiking, cycling and skiing depending on the time of year.
I could go on and on and on and on telling you about all the great things to do in Italy, but I really recommend that you just go do them, and live a little of the dolce vita for yourself.