We were really excited to be picking up a brand new motorhome and our excitement didn’t stop there. These are the best places we found to visit on an Italian road trip. Our first week was spent driving through the hills of Italy in a motorhome. At times it was a little scary, but we found some amazing locations that we think are the best and you’ll want to add them to your itinerary.
1 – Leaning tower of Pisa, Tuscany
Rebecca and I flew in to Pisa and jumped on the Pisa Mover to take us into the main train station, and we walked the rest of the way It took us about 20 minutes to get to the tower, hauling our luggage behind us, but it was worth it to see one of the iconic sights of Italy. The tower and the Field of Miracles is one you’ll not want to miss on your Italian road trip.
Stay 1 night – Pisa can easily be done in a day, as once you have seen the tower there doesn’t seem to be much else to do. There were also a few street hustlers hassling the tourists, so once we’d seen the tower we were happy to move on.
2 – Cascate del Mulino, Tuscany
Once we had picked up our motorhome and set off on the road, our first stop was an amazing natural thermal spa. A picturesque pump house forms the backdrop to a stunning waterfall with tiers of smooth and shallow rock that catches the warm water in natural pools for bathing. This natural spa is free to visit and there is a small restaurant and changing facilities nearby. Due to vehicle height restrictions, you might need to park in the Aire just up the road (Area Sosta Camper – Alveare Del Pinzi – Manciano). We stayed in the Aire the night before and walked down to the spa in the morning. It was the perfect start to our road trip.
Stay 1 night – We found that one night was just enough time to relax when we arrived at the Aire and walk down in the morning to enjoy the spa. We spent about two hours at the spa.
3 – The beaches of Massa, Tuscany
Our next stop was the Italian coast. We decided that the narrow roads of the Amalfi were too challenging for a brand new motorhome, and so we chose a relaxed campsite in pretty Massa for our stay. Campsite Taimi had a very chilled vibe. With a short walk down to the beach front for a morning dip, it felt like the best way to start the day.
What struck us most about our stay here was that we were on the beach enjoying lovely warm weather and we could see snow-capped mountains in the distance.
Stay 2 nights – Enjoy a beach walk in the morning and maybe even a spot of lunch at one of the beachside restaurants. The campsite restaurant served nice pizza and delicious wine at a reasonable price. If you have the time to spare two days is just enough to soak up the relaxed atmosphere here before heading inland.
4 – Lakeside views on Lake Como, Lombardy
On our memorable visit to Milan last year, we had dabbled with the idea of visiting Lake Como, so for us it was a must-stop. If you can get in to this campsite, you will want to add a stay here to your itinerary. Camping Spiaggia is a small independent campsite that’s really worth the stop. There are two motorhome pitches that face out on to the lake (you can see the lakeview we had in the tour we did of the van).
Stay 2 nights – With a real sense of community, the campsite restaurant is worth a visit. The pizza is the best I have tasted and you can sit looking out over the lake while you enjoy some beer or delicious Italian wine.
If we had more time to explore, there is much more we would have added to our Italian Road Trip. Next time we would like to visit many more vineyards and sample more local wines. Please let us know in the comments below where you would like to visit on an Italian Road Trip.
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Agree with this list. We did a 15 day road trip through Italy some years back and could relate to your plan well. I missed the beaches of Massa though. Italy is worth a road trip. Lots of places to see.