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The Ultimate Italian Road Trip - Dolomites, Tuscany & Cinque Terre

If you are looking for a two week road trip itinerary in Italy then look no further! We have compiled an extensive 14 day itinerary around the Northern part of Italy including places to visit, attractions and activities on offer, and suggestions of where to stay overnight. We did this Italian road trip and put a lot of research into how it would be best to see the sights. Travelling in a campervan around Italy can provide a lot of flexibility, and can also give the ability to change the route easily and spend more or less time at a particular place.

We have put together the Ultimate Italian road trip itinerary, that pretty much centres around the love for Italian landscapes, delicious Italian food, the historic sights and the beautiful buildings there are to visit.

Tuscany Sunset

This time frame can be entirely modified to suit how quickly or how slow you would personally like to travel, but we have given an indication into how many days we spent in each place to help give you a guide on what is possible to achieve. Don’t forget to check out our Detailed packing essentials for your road trip to help you with knowing what to pack.

You can also check out our ENTIRE Italian road trip, and what it is like to travel Italy in a campervan on Youtube here.

We had booked our last minute flights leaving London into Milan and cost 70 GBP/person including 30 kg of luggage (we were flying internationally after)

Picking a campervan

It is possible to use compare websites such as Budget Campervans that will bring up a list of campervan hire companies. We hired from Indie Campers which were relatively basic but suited our budget for what we needed.

One thing to note is it can sometimes be a little trickier to find a decent campervan parking spot in Italy, particularly near to the bigger cities. We will list every parking spot we utilised that we felt comfortable to leave our campervan for the day while went out exploring.

Driving in Italy

The majority of car and campervan rentals will be manual transmission in Italy, which can be pretty tough to navigate when you aren’t used to driving on the right hand side of the road, with a left hand steering wheel.

Wow, does Italy have a lot of toll roads! Prepare to factor this into your budget, you can’t escape it. The tolls range from just a few euros right up to 25 euros being our most expensive journey.

Let’s get into the itinerary.

Milan to Lake Como

Day 1

Leaving London and arriving into Milan Malpensa International airport, many campervan depots are very close by to the airport. There are two Milan airports, be mindful when booking which one you would like to land into. As we would be hiring a campervan for the two weeks in Italy, the Indie campervan depot is just a 10 minute taxi ride from Milan Malpensa airport which makes it a nice and easy pick up in the morning.

Lake Como views in Bellagio

Head straight for Lake Como and don’t forget to make a pit-stop on the way to pick up a food shop for the week. Luckily, the drive from Milan to Lake Como is a short 1.5 hours which will give you chance to get comfortable with driving your campervan.

Lake Como itinerary

Overnight stop: We stayed at Camping Clarke, a really beautiful site, relatively small with lovely owners. They have hot showers and very clean toilets with a place to wash up your kitchenware and fresh drinking water. 35 euros per night (with electricity)

Lake Como - Bellagio

Day 2-3

I Giardini di Villa Melzi

Explore what Bellagio has to offer by taking a stroll down into the town, from Camp Clarke it is a 20 minute walk along the main road to I Giardini di Villa Melzi; a beautiful lakeside botanical garden very close to the main centre of Bellagio. Take a wander through the gardens and soak up the views of Lake Como, there are many photogenic spots here, take some photos and enjoy relaxing on the shoreline.

Cost: 6.50 EURO per adult

Bellagio in Lake Como itinerary

Restaurant Splendide

Enjoy a pizza by the water and watch the boats come in. Sit down at Restaurant Splendide, the service is quick and the pizzas are very good. (33 EUR for two pizzas & beers)

Lake Como restaurant

Walk the town

The best part about Bellagio is the beauty, just taking a stroll around the narrow back streets in fantastic, Bellagio is certainly packed full of Italian character we could have got lost around the narrow paths for hours. Enjoy views of the Basilica of St. Giacomo, a Beautiful Romanesque church in the heart of Bellagio which sounds the bells for the town, a very Italian vibe! For our full time in Lake Como, click here.


Day 4 – 8

The most breathtaking scenery in all of Italy. You will enjoy some of the best drives of your life here, with rugged mountains, beautiful churches and German influenced buildings; it has a completely different feel to the rest of Italy, but just as spectacular!

Val di Funes Church

One of the best parts of the Dolomites is simply the views on the drive, but there are also many, many hikes that are possible to do. There is so much to cover in this large span of land in the Northern part of Italy, but here are some suggestions on what is achievable across the 5 days we had here in the Dolomites.

Note of Parking

Parking the Dolomites was relatively easy with a campervan. You are likely to see a lot more campervans and motorhomes in this area than you will in the rest of Italy. The roads are also a lot more forgiving, they are wide and straight and very easy to navigate for a larger car making the drive very enjoyable!

Day 4

Lake Como to Ortisei

Today will be a driving day, it takes 4.5 hours (on average) to reach Ortisei from Lake Como. It is possible to do it in one hit, or you may want to break up the journey, we suggest stopping at Lago di Garda (Lake Garda) or Bolzano. Ortisei is the perfect base for multiple hikes, these include Alpe Di Siusi, Alpe Di Seceda, and Rasciesa High Alp.

Overnight parking: Outside the Krippeland building. (Do so at your own risk, we left it all day with no issues) Type these co-ordinates into Google Maps: N46°34'26" E11°39'22"

Day 5

Ortisei and Seceda

Seceda 2500m dolomites in italy

Get up early to visit Seceda, 2500m above sea level. From the overnight spot it takes 25 minutes to walk to St Ulrich (Ortisei) in Val Gardena, this is the cable-way station. From here, you can purchase the return (or one way) tickets to ascend to the top of Seceda - 2500m. You will be asked whether you want to purchase to Furnes (the middle station) or to Seceda Mountain station, which is the top station.

Ticket cost is 34 EUR/person

cable car in Seceda, Dolomites Italy (Dolomiti)

As soon as you leave Seceda Mountain station, you are greeted with an incredible view of the dagger peaks. There are many trail options that are signposted once you reach the top. We opted to head towards the Fermeda peaks along trail number 1. It is an easy, flat trail to follow which gives some incredible views as you get closer to the serrated pinnacles.

Other trail options are longer and will take you down close to the mountain huts that you’ll be able to see in the distance from trail number 1.

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