Really appreciate the detail you've used in describing the must-see sights. We will definately be taking your advice with regards the different cities and how long each place is worth and I agree Mont Blanc would be well worth a detour if we can work it out.
We will make sure we have good maps for Venezia and dont waste ages on milan!
Really, really good advice. Nice to have insider information so thanks again.
The trip is planned for June/July so we will try to catch the Palio and let you know how we get on!
Nath and Sarah
Glad I could help! If you have any questions just let me know
Have a nice trip!!
I did a road trip last summer, and we kept things pretty loose so we could stop wherever we wanted. My caution would be the fact that your itinerary seems to only include cities and believe me you are going to get very sick of these after 4 months!
I would recommend taking some off, only choosing the ones you really want to see, and then see what scenic things you can see along the way, ie lakes, beaches etc.
I agree with one comment that says don;t overload,, you can really minimise, and camping is definately the best option., but brng some good camping chairs with you! You can buy books that gives you a list of all the campsites throughout Europe. I know the caravanclub have one with their recommended ones (they're not as snobby as them though ) and that is definately something you should invest in! Road atlas, compass and GPS all work brilliantly together.
Oh also, the caravanclub european campingsite guide (get the most up to date one) should also tell you the cost of fuel in each country, this is very useful when you;re coming to the border: if it's cheaper in the country you're leaving, fill up before you cross!
I agree with Lorcan, I get pretty sick of any big city after 3 days... With one notable exception -> Manhattan.
If you take secondary roads, i.e., road trip mode, you will come across lots of unplanned encounters, scenic areas, hiking trails, etc. Take advantage of them.