The dream of Italy - plan a trip!

It's almost 25 years since I last drove in Tuscany. 25 years ago! If I didn't feel old before, I definitely do now that I put the number down in print. After that trip I have been to Milan, Pisa, Florence, Lake Garda, Verona and hiked in the Dolomites. The daughter has only experienced northern Italy and I'm incredibly longing to wander the streets of Florence again. So, this spring it's off on a road trip in Italy! 

The plan is to drive around starting and ending in Milan, with daily stages of approximately 20 miles. 20 miles per day for us feels like child's play, we usually have to drive considerably longer between sights when we drive in other parts of the world.

So what do the plans look like in general right now? I got super great tips from you guys on Instagram, so I've made a plan to include as many of your nuggets as possible! 

Day 1: Arrival Milan.
Day 2: Explore Portofino and cozy Sestri Levante
Day 3: Cinque Terre – hiking and beautiful views
Day 4: Pisa and San Gimignano
Day 5-7: Tuscany, Florence, Siena and vineyards 
Day 8: Venice (of course with palatial accommodation!)
Day 9: Verona, Bassano del Grappa and Lake Garda (definitely want to visit Lazise, ​​where we were 15 years ago)
Day 10: Lake Como (thanks for all the tips about Como! Seems like a gem!)
Day 11: Bergamo and return from Milan

Busy schedule, but still feels completely doable! Is it something that I should think about in the planning, or does it sound like a good plan? Have I missed something? What do I need to pre-book?
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  1. Oh how lovely!
    Yes, I have been to Pisa, Knights square was one of the places I liked the most there. It was there that the expression Deus Vult was coined, meaning God wills it, which was shouted in Knights square to get the people to follow the crusade.

  2. Nice places! And great trip! It certainly sounds busy, but if it's not for too long, it should work! (We always talk a lot, then I say we should take it easy next time, but it doesn't happen ;))

    • Ha ha, recognize that "next time we'll take it easy" thing! I think that the route is doable mostly because it is low season, the accommodation is pre-booked and there are (hopefully) not as hysterically many tourists in the spring as in the summer. We'll see if my plans work when we get to Florence! :D

    • I'm really looking forward to it! Just the thought of all the good food makes me happy! :) Oh, have you blogged about the Tuscany hike? Will go in and check it out! Thank you!


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Travel blogger, gastronaut, photographer and family adventurer with over 60 countries in his luggage. Eva loves trips that include beautiful nature, hiking boots and well-cooked food. On the travel site Rucksack she takes you to all corners of the world with the help of her inspiring pictures and texts.

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