Boomer road trip to Northern Italy

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Is an Italy road trip 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 to Italy that included delightful stops in unexpected Italian destinations.

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Rather than drive ourselves, we contracted with Claudio Fontana of Italy A La Carte for a 9-day driving tour of Northern Italy before Claudio delivered us to a cruise ship in  Civitavechhia. If you’re the do-it-yourself type, use this itinerary to create an independent driving tour of the region.

Northern Italy Road Trip Itinerary

From our headquarters at Lake Como, we explored Orta San Giulio and Bergamo. Then we moved 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 spent 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 exploring a Carrara marble mine. And the grand finale? Spending a night in Southern Tuscany at the Sovana Hotel and Resort. Now that’s a road trip Northern Italy style.

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Begin in Milan

Our trip began with a business class flight to Milan Malpensa Airport. After a night 

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Visit Milan on an Italy roadtrip

Visit Milan

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 in northern Italy. Click on: Visit Milan to read more about our experience.

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Explore the Lake Como area

While headquarterd at Lake Como, we ventured out on day trips to Orta San Giulio and Bergamo. Choosing to road trip with a guide/driver saved us a lot of time. We concentrated on the mountain beauty and delicious Italian food while Claudio dealt with narrow, curvy roads and traffic.

Visit charming Orta San Giulio on an Italy road trip

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. You’ll definitely want to include Orta San Giulio in your Northern Italy road trip.

When we're asked where to visit in Northern Italy, Bergamo is at the top of the list.

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, so add be sure to add Bergamo to your northern Italy road trip itinerary. Click on: Medieval Bergamo to read more about our experience.

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Discover Italy’s Motor Valley

Are you roadtripping in Northern Italy with a car enthusiast. Make their day by scheduling a Ferrari test drive in Maranello. But save time to explore the Lamborghini Museum and visit the Ducati factory. Staying in a castle completes the experience.

Baby Boomer Adventure in Ferrari Land

As king of all cars, Ferrari has the power to make some men cry like babies. And although Alan didn’t quite tear up on this visit, he might have choked back a few tears of joy as he was test driving one of these beautiful machines. Click on: Baby Boomer Adventure in Ferrari Land to read more about our experience.

Drooling Over Lamborghinis

Just in case test driving a Ferrari wasn’t enough, we made sure to make the most out of our visit to Italy’s Motor Valley and tried on a Lamborghini for size as well. Click on: Drooling Over Lamborghinis to read more about our experience.

La Tavola Rotonda: My Italian Castle

After a few days in Italian car heaven, it was time to relax in a bit of luxury and boy, did we find the right place! La Tavola Rotonda sits next to a busy road in the small village of Chiavenna Landi in the Italian municipality of Cortemaggiore. Click on: La Tavola Rotonda: My Italian Castle to read more about our experience.

Enjoy Cinque Terre and Lucca

Lucca is a convenient place to stay when exploring the Ligurian coast. Allot one day in Cinque Terre (more if you have the time). But you’ll also want to visit a marble mine and relax in Lucca’s delightful historic center.

Spend a Day in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, the string of five villages perched along Italy’s rugged Ligurian coast, deserves more attention than just one day. Click on: Spend a Day in Cinque Terre to read more about our experience.

Behind The Walls In Lucca

Did you know that Lucca is the only town in Italy to be totally surrounded by walls? Behind those medieval ramparts, Renaissance architecture in the form of churches, elegant shops and picturesque piazzas beckon to be explored. Click on: Behind The Walls In Lucca to read more about our experience.

Exploring Inside a Carrara Marble Mountain

When you think of visiting Italy, is a Carrara marble mine tour on your boomer itinerary? On a guided road trip in northern Italy, we told Claudio of A La Carte Italy Tours, “the more off-the-beaten-path, the better”. Click on: Exploring Inside a Carrara Marble Mountain to read more about our experience.

Relax in Tuscany

Before driving to meet the ship in Civiatvecchia, we spent one night in Sovana in southern Tuscany. With Etruscan ruins nearby, and a walkable, historic village, we should have stayed longer. Next time, we will!

Visit Tuscany on an Italian road trip.

Sovana Hotel and Resort in Tuscany

Any Italian road trip would be incomplete without a stop in beautiful Tuscany. And we found an off-the-beaten-path hotel and resort with a maze! And olive trees. Click on: Sovana Hotel and Resort to read more about our experience.

Apps for a northern Italy road trip

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 for a norther Italy road trip.

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. Alan and I had such a great time that we returned to road trip Southern Italy with Claudio.

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