European Driving. Scenic route to Italy?
Planning to drive to the Italian Lakes at end of this month and after the benefit of your experience to find the most scenic route and/or best roads for those who enjoy driving.
Plan so far is to stop somewhere mid France en route to Lake Geneva, overnight there then tack across top of alps westwards and enter italy via Lake Como – others have advised this is a nice way of doing it.
I have seen good advice here in similar threads in the past but can’t find anything now. 😕Posted 4 years agoGeForce JunkyMember
Cheaper way with no tolls and AMAZING driving roads: Calais – Lille – Belgium – Luxemborg(cheap fuel) – Germany (down to Fussen) – Austria (no mways to Nauders) – Italy (Stelvio Pass to Bormio, then Gavia Pass, then Tonale Pass, then to the Lakes. I did that route earlier this year for the Val Di Sole WC and it was awesome.
Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
Assuming you’ll be sticking with the Geneva stop – I’d suggest either dropping down through Champagne (Eperney), Chablis, Parc Morvan, Burgundy and staying somewhere either in the parc or northern Burgandy, plenty of Chambre d’hote (B and B). Have a look at this site, we’ve stayed at some nice places via it Alastair Sawday Guide
The wine regions will have their autumn colours by early October and the wine harvest starts soon.
Alternatively you could get over to Alsasc for a stop and then via Jura to Geneva. Bit more mileage I think as you are heading East for a bit.
All possible with minimal PayagePosted 4 years agop7richSubscriber
Thanks peop’s. Whetting my appetite. 🙂
Going via Versailles now so will then be heading south-east across France to Lake Geneva. Then likely across top of Alps and picking the right point to head south across Alps to the Lakes.
Geoforce route sounds fantastic but not an option getting there. Maybe an option getting back? Did you do it in one hit? We’re planning to do all the return journey in one.Posted 4 years agojoemarshallMember
We did from the top of Lake Maggiore to Bethune in one go, by pretty much the shortest route with the exception of the Gotthard Pass because the tunnel was traffic jammed (which was brilliant – lots of nice snow at the top). That was too much for one day in hindsight, although only one driver which makes a difference I guess.
It’s dirt cheap to stay at Formule type places by the motorway, worth paying the extra 30 quid so you don’t have to do such a silly drive. If I did it again, that’s what I’d do.Posted 4 years agohot_fiatSubscriber
Gde St. Bernard was shut in the middle of June this year as was the stelvio. I did stelvio a few years ago on the KTM at the end of September and only just to through the snow. ADAC and OAMC both have phone apps that will tell you if the passes are shut.
We’re planning to do all the return journey in one.
^exactly this^Posted 4 years ago
I can just do Molini in one hit. But really that’s pushing it beyond the realms of acceptability. You’ll have a far better holiday by giving in around Frederischaven or Munich and bedding down for the night. There are a couple of fantastic, cheap hotels on the shore of lake resia on the way up to stelvio.GeForce JunkyMember
I took 1.5 days. Did the London – Nauders part in a fairly casual but long day, slept in the car overnight and then spent the next day going over all the mountains which is so fun but does take a while, especially if you stop regularly to take photos and let the poor car cool a bit.Posted 4 years ago
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