Italy boasts some great terrain for overlanding, from rocky coasts to volcanic passes there’s some of the most picturesque roads in Europe here. The shape of the country is ideal for lengthy road trips, with common cross country routes being the most popular. Italy has great car hire facilities and many national and international firms will be happy to hire you a vehicle that you can leave at the other end of the country.
Italy overland adventures from Scilly through the mainland to the Alps are perhaps the ultimate driving experience this country offers. Taking in fabulous countryside, often seen through some of the best road viaducts in Europe, as well as Italy’s famous and ancient cities, there’s no where better to overland in Europe.
The E45 route takes you from the South of Sicily, across the ferry to the mainland then up the West coast of Italy to Rome before heading East towards San Marino then to Verona and into the Alps above Trento. It’s possible to continue the route out of Italy through Austria, Germany, Denmark and up to the North of Sweden making it the best North-South route in Europe.
Of course the E45 is just one route and has the disadvantage of being mainly highway. Many prefer taking back-roads through Italy’s hills and along the less developed coasts. The Eastern coast is perfect for this type of trip and offers the ability to experience some of the cultural highlights of the country. Family run roadside restaurants often offer some of the best real Italian food meaning you’ll never go hungry overlanding in Italy.
One of the highlights of driving in Italy is the tiny roads in many medieval cities that are almost labyrinthine in complexity and are great fun to attempt without the aid of a map. Of course part of the fun of any overland trip is getting lost and where better to do it than a culturally rich country like Italy where great food is never far away.