Driving from UK to Italy

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1. Posted by scunningham1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Hi,

Hoping to get some advice.
My partner and I are looking to drive to Italy from the UK, we have two weeks allocated to this trip.

Does anybody have any tips/idea of lovely places we can stop and explore.

This will be our first driving holiday, normally we fligh and stay all inclusive.

Thanks :)

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 692 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

1. If and when the UK leaves the EU you'll almost certainly need a green card and possibly an IDP as well. Probably best to get them sorted sooner rather than later.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-nationals-travelling-to-eu-essential-information#driving-permits-insurance-and-green-cards

https://www.abi.org.uk/news/news-articles/2019/03/brexit-and-green-cards-updated-advice-from-the-abi/

2. Do plan to allow plenty of time for each segment of your trip. Googlemaps gives a rough idea of distances and timings but doesn't allow for accidents, roadworks etc.

3. Many/most Italian towns and cities..and many villages.... have ZTLs (restricted traffic zones), most of which are the historical centre and are monitored by CCTV. Infringing a ZTL results in an automatic fine. Having foreign plates won't exempt you so make sure you know what ZTL signs look like and can read enough Italian to work out the hours the ZTL applies (some are 24/7).

If you're booking accommodation in advance make sure you know whether it's in a ZTL or not. Hotels can, in theory, get temporary permits which allow named guests to drop off and collect bags but, in practice, most won't do this. If your accomm is in a ZTL you'll need to make other arrangements for parking and to get yourselves & bags to/from the accomm.

4. Perhaps overnight in/near Reims, Lyon, Turin and maybe Genoa? I'd explore those cities and the surrounding villages and, if I had sufficient time in/near Genoa, I'd visit Rapallo/Santa Margherita Ligure/Portofino and/or La Spezia. I'd visit all 5 of the Cinque Terre villages from La Spezia (or Rapallo) using the train not the car, because there's no parking in the villages.

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Mar-2019, at 02:42 by leics2 ]

3. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 819 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Good points from leics2.
I would only add that unless you plan to drive there and back in one go (no stop-overs on route) you also need to check which towns/cities in France (or whichever route you take) have 'congestion zones'/ZTLs and the price of a ticket/entry (if possible.
I believe some cities have a vehicle age limit, which may not be applicable to you if you have a new car but you need to check.
Also the price of toll roads can add up, so you'll need to budget for that unless you plan to drive only on the much slower non-toll roads.
Europe has become much more difficult and expensive to 'tour' in the last 20 years.

4. Posted by scunningham1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Thank you both.
We’ve factored all of these things into our budget etc.

We will be stopping off which is where I was hoping people would make suggestions.

Thanks for your input 😊

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1071 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Stop in Reims. Lots to do there.

Next Dijon or Lyon. Dijon for wine and Lyon for food. Take you choice. I love Dijon with wine or not. Lots of museums, beautiful churches, lovely scenery, great market and plenty of good restaurants.

Avignon on the Rhone RIver is beautiful. Lots to do there also including free parking on the Ile Piot with a free shuttle bus to the gorgeous walled Old Town area.

Drive through beautiful Provence to Nice, another great stop with lots to do.

Then head along the coast to Italy which is a gorgeous drive.

Where do you want to go in Italy? Hard to give suggestions when we don't know where you are going. It should be a lovely trip just driving down and back as long as you have your insurance sorted. We usually lease a car so it's insured and not a problem.

Enjoy your trip.

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7. Posted by oblak (Inactive 23 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

I currently live in the Greater Manchester area and have been pondering about taking a road trip to Italy sometimes. One of my colleagues told me that he preferred to drive from his place in Sale all the way to Hull, and from there take the overnight ferry to Zeebrugge (Belgium), then on to Germany and then all the way down through Austria and the Brenner pass. But his home was near Trento, while I will eventually go all the way to Rome, so it's gonna be another day of driving at least.

How many days do you think it's going to take?

8. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 692 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Oblak, the poster has since changed his/her mind and has asked a further question about driving to Spain.

Googlemaps gives routes and very decent estimated timings for car journeys. I suggest you use it as the basis for your route planning but do remember to allow more time for e.g. roadworks, accidents and suchlike.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Apr-2019, at 10:40 by leics2 ]

9. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1071 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Quoting oblak

I currently live in the Greater Manchester area and have been pondering about taking a road trip to Italy sometimes. One of my colleagues told me that he preferred to drive from his place in Sale all the way to Hull, and from there take the overnight ferry to Zeebrugge (Belgium), then on to Germany and then all the way down through Austria and the Brenner pass. But his home was near Trento, while I will eventually go all the way to Rome, so it's gonna be another day of driving at least.

How many days do you think it's going to take?

Oblak, You might want to repost this as a separate question. As leics2 mentioned above, the original poster has changed to another trip so this thread will slowly fade away. If you post a new Question, that will appear at the top of the Forum and you should get some useful answers.

Good luck and enjoy your trip.

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