Italy is an absolute driver’s dream – roads weave their way through spectacular scenery, often against a backdrop of hills and high peaks.
The rugged coastlines and historic towns provide further reasons for you to explore the wonderful country by car, creating unforgettable memories in the process.
And while a number of routes represent a challenge, you can be sure that the experiences will make it all worthwhile.
So if you’re keen to explore Italy’s network of roads, you may opt to do it by hire car, or on the back of an iconic Vespa.
Here we’ve picked out a handful of the regions where you can enjoy a true taste of Italian life.
One of Italy’s most romantic and spectacular regions is the Amalfi Coast, with its iconic views and unmatched beaches.
A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, the coastal routes are ideal for taking in all that the area has to offer.
Salerno, known as the gateway to the coast, benefits from great Mediterranean weather all year round too so there’s never a bad time to visit.
Other towns to visit include the main hub Amalfi, the colourful homes of Positano, and Sorrento, which survives in the lurking shadows of Mount Vesuvius.
Famed for its wineries and delectable cuisine, Tuscany is best explored by car as it allows you to take in the beautiful countryside at your own pace.
Indulge yourself in the Renaissance architecture of Florence before heading into Chianti wine country for a tasting session – you’ll often be able to stay nearby meaning you won’t need to worry about the car!
The region is also famed for its bistecca (steak) which you could sample in Greve, or in the heart of the picturesque wine country in Panzano.
Another must-visit is the incredible medieval city of Siena and its 12th-century square, Piazza del Campo, although in truth, it’s easy to get lost in the beauty and tranquillity of all Tuscan landscapes.
From the ancient ruins of Syracuse to the historic centre of Catania, Sicily is a treasure trove of baroque treats.
You should also take in the sights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Noto and its 18th-century cathedral at the foot of the Iblean Mountains.
Messina features a number of spectacular buildings too, with its architecture spanning numerous cultures and time periods.
And don’t forget to visit Europe’s tallest active volcano, Mount Etna – you could even trek up it if you’re feeling adventurous.
If you do intend to hire a car to explore one of Italy’s famed regions, you may want to consider car hire excess insurance to provide cover should your car be damaged or stolen.
The added extra protects the excess that you would need to pay in the event of a claim and costs less than you may think. Get a quote today to see how little it could cost you.
Date Created: 31/07/2018