Famous for its art, cuisine, culture and fashion, Italy is a true gem that is filled with stunning landscapes. Everything from sandy beaches to impressive mountains can be found in this boot-shape country that spans across 113,522 square miles of land.
There is so much to see in Italy, including dramatic ruins, beautiful lakes, magnificent mountains and unspoilt beaches and the landscapes together with the country's famous cities make visitors keep coming back for more. Touring by self-drive is a very popular way to explore the picturesque country, as roads are very well-developed and easy to traverse.
Hiring a motorhome is an ideal way to tour around Italy and discover all that it has to offer. There are a number of picturesque drives both in the interior and along its coastlines and an endless supply of campsites to make this a comfortable and fun way of getting around.
Italy can be toured by hire motorhome throughout the entire year, though generally spring and autumn are the best times to visit. Those that want to enjoy Italy's beaches should opt to holiday here in the summer, while skiers will find the winter time is best for them. Regardless, no matter when you tour Italy it is sure to be rewarding.
Northwest Italy is home to the Italian Riviera, the Alps and Italian Lake District as well as the historical port city of Genoa. The Aosta Valley sits at the very northwest corner of the region where the highest mountains in Europe can be found in addition to a number of lovely Romanesque churches and medieval castles. The magnificent Y-shaped Lake Como has been attracting visitors for over 100 years and is surrounded by picturesque towns and villages, while the five villages that make up Cinque Terre boast some phenomenal landscapes.
One of the most popular things about Northeast Italy is Venice, and although vehicles are prohibited from entering the romantic city it should not be missed. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the world and you can spend a day riding a gondola along the canal and visiting San Marco Square, San Giacomo di Rialto and The Peggy Guggenheim Museum. West of the city is the impressive Lake Garda, which is the largest lake in the country.
Central Italy is arguably the most visited region in the country with its famous landmarks, magnificent countryside and rich history. It is the birthplace of the Renaissance and the home of some of the country's best wineries. Tuscany is the most popular area of the region to tour around, what with its Chianti wine region, pretty cathedrals and iconic Leaning Tower (Torre Pendente). Let's not forget about the magnificent city of Florence, which is filled with attractions. Rome is also in this region, which can take days to fully explore.
The less visited Southern Italy is home to laid-back beaches, dramatic ruins and the bustling city of Naples. Campania is the most popular area of this region of Italy thanks to the magnificent Amalfi Coast. This coastline lies along the Tyrrhenian Sea and is known for its terraced houses, lovely beaches and beautiful gardens.
Most of Italy's motorways are toll roads and are identified with an 'A'. These are all in tip top condition though do not always offer the best scenery. Taking the smaller routes will result in better scenery but also more traffic, especially close to the cities. Italians drive on the right, but they are not the best at noticing road markings so exercise caution. The legal alcohol limit is five per cent and steep, on-the-spot fines are given to those that don't follow this. You will also be banned from driving in Italy for at least one month.
- Speed limits in urban areas: 50kph.
- Speed limits on highways: 90-110kph.
- Speed limits on toll motorways: 130kph.
- Help number: 112