It's no secret, I am an absolute Italy lover. In fact, it's one of my absolute all time favourites! We last travelled around this foodie/cultural epicentre by train and plane, so we couldn't wait to head back and explore by van.
Circumnavigating Italy by van.
While the idea of circumnavigating both the east and west coasts of Italy appealed to us on paper, truth be told we found the east coast extremely dreary. (Disclaimer: We were told prior to our drive that we'd be better off sticking to the west coast as far as Naples before crossing over, but we didn't heed this advice. Sometimes you just want to see for yourself- lesson learned!) We soon realised that the coastal views we'd been hoping for, just weren't going to eventuate. Instead of taking our time in the region, we sped through from Riavenna all the way down to Castro. While this particular section of the country can be avoided on your vanlife adventure, there are plenty of gems not to be missed! Italy doesn't disappoint but some spots are best left until you are travelling sans-van.
Planning your route through Italy.
The absolute freedom of travelling by van can make planning your route a stressful task. There are just so many options.. where to start? To avoid making the same mistakes we did, here are our favourite and least favourite spots to travel in Italy by van.