Great Holidays on Italy's Stunning Driving Routes

Published: 19th January 2011
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Italy is one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations for various types of holidaymakers. The reason so many visit Italy is that the mild climate makes a beach holiday good for a relaxing break away without the soullessness that can be encountered on the Spanish Costas. That of course is thanks to Italian conservatism which has ensured most of the country’s age old architecture and family traditions have survived the onslaught of rampant globalisation. For those choosing to take driving holidays in Italy there are good routes in the north and south of the country that offer different types of experience.

In the north most of the best drives include a drive through the mountains on the Swiss and Austrian borders or a scenic drive around the lakes. For some novelty adventurous holidaymakers should take a drive on the Stelvio pass in Italy’s eastern Alps. The road is 1.7 miles above sea level and has almost 50 hairpin bends so drivers should keep their eyes firmly on the road while passengers enjoy spectacular scenery. Holidaymakers can take more sensible drives around Lake Maggiore north of Lombardy’s capital Milan. Maggiore is surrounded by beautiful architecture from various periods in Italy’s long history.

The Borromee Islands are a short boat ride from the shore and have one of Italy’s unique tourist sites, the island palace, Isla Bella. Like its sister islands Isla Bella once housed secure military garrisons and monasteries until a wealthy Milanese family decided to turn it into a palace where they could enjoy summer holidays in the splendid surroundings of the island’s beautiful tiered gardens. A trip south in the town of Lesa visitors can spend an afternoon in the luxurious surroundings of Villa Farraggiana, a beautiful Neo-classical Villa. Lower Verbano is great for holidaymakers that want to take a romantic evening walk and is a relaxing way to spend the evening after a trip to Villa Farrigiana.

After exploring the lakes holidaymakers can head towards Milan and spend a few days looking around the various tourist sites in Italy’s bustling second city. Because Milan is so culturally rich holidaymakers should make sure they have a plan of things to see so as not to miss the best of what the city has to offer. The Duomo, Milan's huge gothic cathedral is located near a number of other attractions so it is a good place to begin. The Duomo is one of the world’s largest gothic cathedrals and offers roof top tours for a view over old Milan. During the summer months a trip to Giardini Pubblici, Milan’s most beautiful public parks is a nice way to spend the afternoon.

For holidaymakers that like the idea of cheap holidays in southern Italy the Amalfi coast is best for those who are driving. The beautiful Mediterranean coast was added to the UNESCO world heritage list in 1997 because of the beautiful landscape and pastel colored villages dotted up and down the craggy coastline. The Amalfi coastline has been inspiring the world’s greatest artists for centuries and was one of Playwright Tennessee Williams’ favourite holiday destinations.

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