Lonely Planet Italy's Classic Trips (Travel Guide)
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Discover the freedom of open roads with Lonely Planet Italy's Classic Trips. We've chosen nine of our all-time favorite road trips that showcase the best Italy has to offer, thrown in up-to-date stretch-your-legs guides to Venice, Vicenza, Florence, and Palermo, and provided essential road trip information to get you cruising. Cure ham in chimneys, travel on sleighs from village to village, visit Europe's finest botanical gardens, or enjoy a tour of olive groves and fontina fondues, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to Italy, rent a car, and hit the road!
Inside Lonely Planet Italy's Classic Trips:
- Lavish colour and gorgeous photography throughout
- Itineraries and planning advice to pick the right tailored routes for your needs and interests - there's a trip for family travellers, history buffs, culinary connoisseurs, outdoor adventurers
- Get around easily - easy-to-read, full-colour route maps, detailed directions
- Insider tips to get around like a local, avoid trouble spots and be safe on the road - hiring a car, fuelling up, local driving rules, parking, toll roads, road conditions, licenses, insurance, language tool
- Covers Italian Lakes, Dolomites, Rome, Lazio, Umbria, Florence, Palermo, Amalfi Coast, Naples, Emilia, Romagna, Piedmont, The Veneto, Trento-Alto, Sicily, Liguria, Lombardy, Adige, and more.
Classic Trips Included:
- The Graceful Italian Lakes: Destination of choice for Goethe, Hemingway, and George Clooney
- Grande Strada delle Dolomiti: Tour the rock amphitheatre of the Dolomites
- Tuscan Wine Tour: Red wine fuels this jaunt around historic Chianti vineyards and Tuscan cellars
- A Venetian Sojourn: Glide along the Brenta Canal to splendid frescoed villas
- Grand Tour: The classic cultural tour-part pilgrimage, part rite of passage
- World Heritage Wonders: Discover the Unesco-listed treasures of Italy's art cities
- Amalfi Coast: A stunning coastline of vertical landscapes and chic resort towns
- Shadow of Vesuvius: Head from Naples' tumult to Pompeii's long-buried mysteries
- Wonders of Ancient Sicily: Palermo's Arab roots to Taormina's Greek splendours
The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Italy's Classic Trips is perfect for those planning that once-in-a-lifetime trip which includes a taste of all that makes Italy so beloved.
- Looking for more itinerary options? Lonely Planet Italy's Best Trips features 38 road trip itineraries to suit various travel agendas.
- Looking for more details? Lonely Planet Italy, our most comprehensive guide to Italy, is perfect for exploring both top sights and lesser-known gems.
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appreciation between wine tastings, make for the Castello di Ama (0577 74 60 31; www.castellodiama.com; guided tours €15, with wine & oil tasting €35; 10am-6pm) near Lecchi. The highly regarded Castello di Ama estate produces a fine Chianti Classico and has an original sculpture park showcasing 12 site-specific works by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Chen Zhen, Anish Kapoor, Kendell Geers and Daniel Buren. Book ahead. The Drive » Reckon on about 1½ hours to Montalcino from the Castello.
excavated. However, expect a noticeable lack of clear signage, areas cordoned off for no apparent reason, and the odd stray dog. Audio guides (€6.50) are a sensible investment, and a good guidebook will help – try the €10 Pompeii published by Electa Napoli. To do justice to the site, allow at least three hours. Highlights include the site’s main entrance at Porta Marina, the most impressive of the seven gates that punctuated the ancient town walls. Just outside the wall is the impressive Terme
incredible Cappella Palatina (Palatine Chapel; 091 626 28 33; www.fondazionefedericosecondo.it; Piazza Indipendenza 1; adult/reduced €7/5; 8.15am-5pm Mon-Sat, to 12.15pm Sun) is the perfect expression of the marriage, with its gold-inflected Byzantine mosaics crowned by a honeycomb muqarnas ceiling – a masterpiece of Arab craftsmanship. See more of Palermo’s historic architecture on our walking tour (Click here). 54 Click here The Drive » From Palermo the 82km trip to Segesta starts along the
fines follow EU standards and are proportionate with the number of kilometres that you are caught driving over the speed limit, reaching up to €2000 with possible suspension of your driving licence. Speed limits are as follows: Road-Trip Websites Automobile Associations Automobile Club d’Italia (www.aci.it) Has a comprehensive online guide to motoring in Italy. Provides 24-hour roadside assistance. Conditions & Traffic Autostrade (www.autostrade.it) Route planner, weather
on a rotation basis (farmacie di turno) for emergency purposes. These are usually listed in newspapers. Closed pharmacies display a list of the nearest ones open. A In major cities you are likely to find English-speaking doctors or a translator service available. A Italian tap water is fine to drink. A No vaccinations are required for travel to Italy. Internet Access A An increasing number of hotels, B&Bs, hostels and even agriturismi offer free wi-fi. You’ll also find it in many bars