Is Italy calling your name? If you’ve visited the biggies like Rome, Venice and Florence, it’s time to travel on a boomer road trip to Northern Italy that’s slightly off-the-beaten-path. Fly into Milan, then come along with us on a road trip that includes delightful stops in unexpected Italian destinations. From our headquarters at Lake Como, we’ll explore Orta San Giulio and Bergamo. Then we’ll move on to castle accommodations at La Tavola Rotonda and a day in Italy’s Motor Valley. You do want to drive a Ferrari, right? We’ll spend a day on the coast at Cinque de Terre before peeking behind Lucca’s walls. Are you curious about where Michelangelo found all that marble for his statues? You’ll find out as we explore a Carrara marble mine. And the grand finale? Spending a night in Southern Tuscany at the Sovana Hotel and Resort.
Even though it’s a fairly small Italian town, truly exploring Milan could take an eternity thanks to its charming side streets and profound history. But if you find yourself in Italy’s fashion city with little time to explore, we’ve got a few tips to make the most of out of your visit. Click on: Visit Milan to read more about our experience.
Charming Orta San Giulio
Are you looking for an off-the-beaten-path village on a lake in Northern Italy that oozes charm? Orta San Giulio is an easy day trip from Lake Como. Click on: Charming Orta San Giulio to read more about our experience.
Visit Medieval Bergamo
The upper town of Bergamo is a medieval city that continues to thrive. It’s a long day trip from Lake Como but definitely worth the time and effort. Click on: Medieval Bergamo to read more about our experience.
Adventure in Italy’s Motor Valley
After test driving a Ferrari and visiting the Lamborghini Museum in Italy’s Motor Valley, we continued our Italian luxury with a stop at La Tavola Rotonda, an exquisite hotel to rest and reflex on our Italian dream car. Click on: Adventure in Italy’s Motor Valley to read more about our experience.
Visit Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s most beautiful areas. Located on the Italian Riveria, this coastal town couldn’t be any more picturesque. Click on: Visit Cinque Terre to read more about our experience.
Any Italian road trip would be incomplete without a stop in beautiful Tuscany. Click on: Visit Tuscany to read more about our experience.
Apps for Italian Travel
Apps are as essential to travel as our suitcase these days. With all the information you could need at your fingertips, traveling has never been so efficient. Click on: Apps for Italian Travel to read more about our recommendations.
Our nine-day boomer road trip began in Milan and ended at Civitavecchia where we boarded Seabourn Sojourn for an Atlantic Crossing, Rome to Ft. Lauderdale. We shared the cost of a private van and guide (Claudia Fontana of A La Carte Italy Tours) with our boomer friends, Jack and Sue. Claudio hauled our cruise luggage in the van, which saved us the cost of shipping luggage (enough for 21 days including numerous formal nights) to the ship.
Would you like to have this information for reference offline? My Itchy Travel Feet: Breathtaking Adventure Vacation Ideas, available at the Amazon store, includes an entire section on taking a boomer road trip to Northern Italy.