The north of Italy is the perfect destination if you want to go on a road trip in your next holidays and discover one of the most charming regions of the transalpine country. We recommend you to drive from Milan to Venice, passing through Verona, one of the seven provinces of the Veneto region.
This beautiful route, known as Route of the Northern Lakes, is considered one of the most beautiful routes in Europe. Throughout history (starting in the Ice Age, when these lakes were formed) there have been many influential personalities who have chosen this region of Italy as a destination for their vacations.
The Route of the Northern Lakes, your road trip through Italy
A road trip through Italy is the best way to enjoy the beautiful places that are best experienced with your own rental car , this will take about three hours driving.
For this driving route your best starting point is Milan. You can spend a couple of days in the capital of the largest metropolitan area in Italy. These are the must-see attractions of the area: the Milan Cathedral, better known as Duomo, in the Gothic style; the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II or Milan's drawing room, a famous shopping gallery designed in the 19th century; the Teatro alla Scala, one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world; and the Sforza Castle, built as a fortress in the 14th century and now housing many museums such as the Egyptian Museum or the Museum of Ancient Art.
After making the most of Milan, it's time to take your rental car and start driving. The Route of the Northern Lakes is an itinerary that is designed for you to enjoy driving, because on the way to Venice you will pass by charming towns such as Orta de San Giulio, Bellagio or Simione, where you will discover the charm of the lakes such as the Maggiore, Garda, Como and Orta, among others.
Sheltered by the high peaks of the Alps and surrounded by a captivating nature, like the Val Grande National Park, these lakes have astounding views such as the Borromean Islands, the Monti Sola island or San Giulio island.
Cities to visit in your driving route
The path proposed by the Route of the Northern Lakes will bring you to such seductive cities as Monza, Bergamo, Brescia, Padua or Vicenza, where we recommend you to stop and savor their charms.
Venice. Verona. They are a tall order. On your way to the city of canals, gondolas and lovers you will run into a city recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In Verona we recommend you to spend a few days visiting its Roman bridges, rebuilt after the Second World War, and also the Cathedral, the Basilica of San Zeno, the Church of Santa Anastasia, the Roman Theater, the Lamberti Tower and the Barbieri Palace.
At the end of the journey, the amazing Venice. The Murano and Burano islands will undoubtedly be the best finale for your road trip. But first treat yourself to an enjoyable gondola ride under the Bridge of Sighs, a visit to the Doge's Palace, or some time off around Piazza San Marco.
From Milan to Venice, a driving route that is worth doing at least once in a lifetime.