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5 Tips for your first family road trip in Italy

How to organize your first family road trip? Here’s an interesting article from our supporter by Katlyn Jessop to get useful tips!

Going on a road trip in Italy is one of the most unforgettable ways to spend a family holiday, as the country offers a wide variety of experiences for an amazing vacation. Not only does it  have breathtaking views, but it also has iconic historical landmarks, and a valuable artistic and cultural heritage. Moreover, the food scene in Italy is one of the best there is in the whole world, and everyone from young children to older adults can appreciate the gastronomical delights of this amazing country. If you’re thinking of going on a road trip in Italy with your loved ones, you’ll need to plan ahead to ensure a smooth and hassle-free holiday for everyone. Here are some tips for your first family road trip in Italy. 

1. Select the right car
Once you’re in Italy, you’ll need to select the right vehicle for your road trip. Though it may be tempting to pick a convertible so you can zip around Lake Como in style, you’ll need to consider everyone’s comfort during long drives. Moreover, to save money on your road trip, you’ll need a compact vehicle such as a hybrid car, an electric car, or a conventional coupe or sedan, as these types of cars use significantly less fuel than SUVs or large vans. Also, these types of cars are easier to drive on winding roads or city streets. But if there are more than five of you who will be travelling throughout the country, then a compact SUV that runs on diesel is your best bet if you’re looking to save on fuel costs. 

2. Plan your route
It may be difficult to visit all the main areas of Italy if you’re staying for just a week or two, so you’ll have to pick a route and plan your drive accordingly. For instance, if your family loves seafood and you’d like to see stunning views of the Mediterranean, then a road trip around Sicily should be on your itinerary. Meanwhile, those who want to take Instagram-worthy photos of glamorous Italian villas should head to the Veneto region and drive around the Lake Garda area. For grown-ups who love food and wine, a drive around Tuscany will surely hit the spot, as it’s where some of the best wineries and cosy eating places in Italy can be found. 

3. Eat the local food
Wherever you go in Italy, it’s guaranteed that there’s always something good to eat. When in Tuscany, be sure to eat panzanella (bread salad), Ribollita soup, and Bistecca alla Fiorentina. For the best arancini and Pasta alla Norma, drive to Sicily and have your fill of these local dishes. And of course, you can get traditional Italian pizza and pasta at any region, so be sure to eat at a bistro or family-operated cafe to get the most authentic version of these classic dishes.  

4. Make a beeline for the cities
A road trip in Italy isn’t complete without visiting one or two of its major cities. Fashionistas will surely love a trip to Milan, which is one of the world’s fashion capitals. History buffs will appreciate a drive around Rome, as it’s where iconic landmarks such as the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Pantheon can be found. For art enthusiasts, a day trip around Florence should be prioritised, as it’s where some of the most notable pieces from the Renaissance period can be found, such as Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture at the Galleria dell’Accademia, and Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” which is displayed at the Uffizi Gallery. 

5. Stay safe
Driving around Italy can be lots of fun, but be prepared for any emergencies to ensure a hassle-free trip. Make sure that all your smartphones are fully charged before leaving your hotel, and place a first aid kit inside your vehicle. You should also bring enough water for all family members, as well as any necessary medication. Stay on the main roads as much as you can, and be sure to ask for directions if you get lost. If you do get into an accident, call 112, or dial 118 for medical emergencies.

Going on a road trip is one of the best ways to bond with your loved ones. Consider following these tips on your upcoming Italian road trip, and have fun on holiday with your family!

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