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Multifaceted road trip through Italy

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The Germans like to travel to Italy, where the climate and landscape, culture and history, food and the sea all try to outdo each other. If you're traveling by car, you do not need to get that far to Rome or even Calabria to enjoy all this. A beautiful, versatile, but unfortunately somewhat underrated region is already in the extreme northeast: the provinces of Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. So, let us embark on a wondrous drive through the north east of Italy, where we will be surprised by the beautiful things in life.

By car through Veneto

We begin our journey in Treviso Airport in the Veneto region. All travelers who want to fly to Venice land at this airport. It is located about 3 kilometers west of Treviso and about 25 kilometers as the crow flies north of Venice. About autoeurope.de you can book the rental car of your choice online and pick up directly at the airport. The booking is uncomplicated and done in a few clicks. And Auto Europe works with all major vendors like Hertz, Europcar, Sixt, Avis, Budget and many more. Tip: Auto Europe has a tolerant cancellation policy: up to 48 hours before pickup, you can cancel for free.

Our first destination is the family-friendly seaside resort of Lignano on the Adriatic, for which we will be traveling in about 90 kilometers. In Germany one would expect at this point perhaps with a journey time of a good hour, not so in Italy . For one, the toll motorway network is not quite comparable to ours, on the other hand, you do not get on the highways so fast. Anyone who thinks of Lower Saxony's federal highways, on which one can truly "race" long distances of 100 kilometers per hour to the nearest closed town, will be taught in Italy better.

It is often hard to tell where a place starts and where it ends. There are entrances and exits to restaurants, businesses and businesses along the ever-limited highway, so you rarely have the chance to travel faster than 50 miles per hour. But that does not matter, because as a tourist you would like to take the time to enjoy the beautiful landscape during the drive to the fullest.

Lignano is located on a sort of peninsula in the eastern part of the Tagliamento delta and separates the vast Laguna di Marano from the Adriatic. The town is divided into the three districts of Riviera, Sabbiadoro and Pineta, the latter got its name based on the local pine forest, which, together with the sea air from Lignano practically makes a climatic health resort. There are several delightful theme parks and a zoo that make children's hearts beat faster.

In this respect Lignano is a good starting point to make a few interesting day trips from here by car. Very close by is the visit of San Michele al Tagliamento and the neighboring seaside resort Bibione recommended. A little further west is the extensive beach of Caorle. Bear in mind that this is a huge, brackish wetland that needs to be bypassed in wide arches. While you may be able to see the next location within reach, you'll be amazed how long each time you drive there by car.

Architectural diversity embedded in charming geology

In about parallel to the Laguna di Marano you need by car for the good 60 kilometers to Grado at least one hour. But wait, about ten kilometers before you get to Grado, Aquileia is on your way. There you should absolutely visit that beautiful, quiet park with the Roman legacy: "Area Archeologica di Aquleia". But the patriarchal basilica, which was built around the year 1000, impresses its visitors with its mosaics, which date back to the 4th century. Incidentally, the Romanesque building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Grado was once a small fishing village, but has become a real tourist attraction. Its location is also unique. To get to the far offshore coast dune, you drive for a full four kilometers on the narrow SR352 directly through the Laguna di Grado, past the Isola di Gorgo.

From Grado you can continue east on the SP19 to Trieste. First follow the signs to Monfalcone, then continue on the European Route E70 to Trieste. But a few kilometers before it comes the exit "Borgo Grotta Gigante", which you should definitely take. It is a huge stalactite cave with at least 1000 steps. Here you should be good on foot and also put on a small jacket.

In the architecture of Trieste, the 500-year influence of the Habsburg Empire Austria- Hungary is still omnipresent today. The often used term "Vienna by the sea" is just too justified. The town is located in the foothills of the vast Slovenian karst area, that rugged, limestone, dry highland area known for its sinkholes and caves. In addition to the Grotta Gigante on the Italian side probably everyone knows the huge cave system "Postojna" southwest of Ljubljana.

Venice - crowning conclusion of the short trip through northern Italy

From Lignano we head west again with the stopover Lido di Jesolo. Once there, we do not stop the car, but drive for almost 20 kilometers to Punta Sabbioni, where it can not continue. The few kilometers to get there feel like an eternity, because we already suspect that we can see from this point in the distance, the silhouette of the "Pearl of the Adriatic" shadowy.

After we finally found a parking space, we enter the passenger ferry, which is not even so expensive. It will rock us for about seven kilometers through the vast lagoon of Venice , a great ride and the impressive city is coming closer and closer to us. Plan your return trip so that you experience the sunset over Venice on the ferry, that is unforgettable, pure romance.

  1. Nice article, makes you want to travel :-)

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