Intended Tour Of Italy
Posted 02 December 2008 - 04:57 PM
thank you all In antisitpation Tony
Posted 02 December 2008 - 05:49 PM
We went to San Felice Del Banaco - a few K's from where you are going - and I can say the journey to that part of Italy is great...we went over the swiss mountains via Moloja pass and it was lovely.
As a warning all I would say is that Italian drivers don't give you the space you may need and aren't renowned for their patience - we found this to be true but on the whole the Autostrada's are great. Around that part of Garda the roads can be busy and winding - take it easy.
I am sure you will have a great journey.
Posted 02 December 2008 - 07:34 PM
Next June is just when we are going (again!) and are looking forward to the trip.As for your route it really is up to you how you wish to get to Italy the best possible way,and of course which part of this country you wish to visit.Autostradas. First thing that comes to mind is cost,but beleive me,itd the quickest way to traverse this land with numerous points to stop for a break.What follows are sites for you to check out:
The latter will give you detailed caravan sites to explore for whichever region you so wish.The first one will give you details of free (yes) stopover farms etc.located off the autostradas to break your trip too.
Dont be afraid to pick correspondents brains (mine included) to help you along.
Good planning to you.
Posted 06 December 2008 - 01:14 PM
Posted 06 December 2008 - 06:43 PM
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Posted 13 December 2008 - 11:06 AM
If you wish to travel as far as Sorrento, then Camping Santa Fortunata, again Magic Italy site, may suit your needs.
Route we use to Italy is toll free to Switzerland. Dunkerque, Lille, Luxembourg, Nancy, Epinal, Mulhouse. Basle. You can opt for travel not using motorways through Switzerland but we have never done so. £40 for two vignettes. Then toll roads in Italy to Desanzano.
Posted 13 December 2008 - 12:06 PM
Almost impossible to avoid the Swiss toll as expressways are included. Unless you are very confident about being able to navigate minor roads, pay up.
And don't forget ALL types of speed camera detectors are illegal, even if locked in the boot.
Posted 13 December 2008 - 08:22 PM
Now have to find out how to remove the speed camera facility from my Tom Tom & replace them when out of switzerland, But as an afterthought if swiss camera's are not on it is it still illegal??
Posted 13 December 2008 - 09:42 PM
The Vignettes are 40 SFr each (around £20 at current exchange rates) one for each, car and trailer. Swiss don't like the Euro so their exchange rates are not very good.
Posted 08 March 2009 - 01:35 PM
The Moloja Pass was the highspot (sorry) of a holiday I had two years ago (apart from the company of the good Doc):
Posted 08 March 2009 - 02:31 PM
We know Italy well from our days as tour driver and manager as well as several car trips BUT have never ever camped - we picked up the ACSI book and disc at the NEC as well as the CC guides - must say the sites seem expensive when compared to France and Iberia, or are there municipal type sites?
Look forward to suggestions re INTERNET web sites etc.
Posted 08 March 2009 - 02:43 PM
Love Italy, we havent had a problem with the Italian drivers, but then have been mainly on motorways with the van on the back.
Elsewhere you just be careful like driving anywhere
Just love the fact that there are service stations every 5 minutes, to stop for a quick expresso coffee and be in your way
We were gobsmacked the first time we went, really didnt expect it to be so mountainous, but of course, thats why its still there jutting out into the med.
Fantastic times, great memories, ask the waiters what they recommend and dont have lasagne, spag bol etc, they are just tourist meals, go for something different, pizzas with seafood or goats cheese, pastas with seafood too
Just ask, half the fun
Also dont expect all of them to speak English, there are not so many English speaking Italians around
Posted 08 March 2009 - 03:35 PM
Posted 08 March 2009 - 05:38 PM
The 2 that we stopped at were 25 pounds per night
In France at the time it was 9 pounds
The site in Mestra was fab and I would go there again any time
The Italian drivers are all mad and love to travel only 6 inches behind you (There just being friendly)
I drove from Monaco along the coast road which was great I have never been through so many tunnels and over so many VERY HIGH bridges
Then we got onto the main route down to Mestra (cant remember the rd no)
And we passed a line of trucks that was miles long I have never seen so many lorries in one place
On the return trip we took the tunnel at Turin back into France and made the mistake of going through with the trucks
It cost 50 euros and all the diesel fumes smoked us out
Find out when the cars go through as I think it is very much cheaper
The toll on the motorways were no where near as bad as I thought they were going to be
A folding caravan! Surely not?
Towing at only 45% Is it worth it
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