North Italy by Campervan/motorhome
Replies: 1 - Last Post: Jul 31, 2012 8:37 AM Last Post By: mike9
Jul 30, 2012 2:42 PM
North Italy by Campervan/motorhomeHello fellow travelers,
We are a couple in our early 30's w 3 yo girl planning a spontaneous 7-10 day trip to North Italy during mid Aug.
We were thinking of hiring a campervan and traveling around, as we are on a tight budget and also thought it could be a great way to see stuff off the beaten track..
We are pretty flexible with our destination choice but would hope to visit (not in any particular order): Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Milano, and any places/parks worth visiting in between (tips please,Thanx!)...
- Would you recommend the campervan option? It seems more feasible because it saves $ on hotels, food and trains, but with high prices on petrol and parking spot fees it might not be worth it??
- Any leads for a good campervan hire comapny in Milano area?
- Italy goes on holidays in August, how does that effect the campervan option? will places be packed? more expensive?
- If anyone had an experience with these vans inside the cities, would love if you could share/recommend...
- Any tips you have about driving through that area..
We are also planning to visit friends in Berlin, Leipzig before or after the Italian part. We were toying with the idea of driving from Germany e.g Munich down to north Italy and back up to Germany. This is because the flying into Germany might be cheaper and we also heard the campervans are cheaper to hire on the German side. True or false??
Thanks for all your help!
Jul 31, 2012 8:37 AM
1Firstly I'm not into camping and camper vans (although my brother in law is) but mid August is peak holiday season in Italy - expect the roads to be crowded at weekends, 20 km queues at motorway bottlenecks are not unknown. And I would never recommend anyone to drive in Milan, Florence or any other big Italian city - narrow streets, mostly built 500 years ago to accommodate donkeys, complex one way systems, lack of parking and what there is is expensive, congestion charge zone (especially in Milan) and a lively traffic police - and of course you're in deep trouble if you try and drive in Venice (!!)
However, if you were to go to more rural areas such as the Lakes (Maggiore, Como, Garda etc) then they will be very busy but you wouldn't have the driving problems. Can't advise about campsites, but do expect them to be really busy. And for trips to the big cities,use local buses and trains for a day trip. Somewhere at the southern end of Lake Garda around Desenzano would be ideal for catching the train to both Verona and Venice for example, while there are regular trains into Milan from Como.
Forget campervans in Cinque Terre - the only access for non-residents is by train or boat. As for driving from Germany, yes it is easy, but if you cross Switzerlaand you will need to purchase a one-year pass for your car which is expensive (I think its SFr 70) and if you cross Austria you will also need a vignette, but theirs is cheaper as you can buy a 7-day pass for something like €10. However make sure your hire company knows you intend to cross international borders with the hired campervan,because there are insurance implications. And for the record, in Italy diesel is around €1.70per litre, and petrol €1.80,and there are tolls on motorways in Italy and on some parts of the Austrian motorway system including the Brenner pass from Innsbruck down into Italy
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