Two Belgians on a two weeks road trip across northern Italy

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Departing from Belgium by car, we've decided not to hurry on our way to Italy. We first stopped for a memorable evening in Colmar (Alsace region in France, famous for its wines). We crossed Switzerland (with a breakfast stop at Bern, the Swiss capital, watching their very famous bears) before moving to Italy by the Grand-Saint-Bernard pass, a mythic spot for dog lovers and bikers. We spent 2 days hiking around Aosta, sleeping in our tent. We finally went down to Tuscany, our first stop being Lucca. After 24 hours, we moved to an nice apartment in the center of Firenze, where we slept two nights. We enjoyed Firenze, its museums, its churches, its piazzas and its beautiful Boboli gardens, a true heaven of peace in this always-moving city. In the end of this very month of may, the amount of turistic activities is already impressive. After those two days in a dense city, we felt the need for something quieter. For this reason, we rented a room for two nights in an agriturismo located in the Valle D'Elsa. Cooking & enjoying dinners with an amazing views on the Italian countryside were nice experiences. During the day, we visited Siena. Two days later, we moved to the Maremma area, at the south-west of Tuscany. Sleeping again in our tent, we enjoyed biking in the national parks, reading on the beach and swimming in the still cold water. We visited a lot of remote villages where time seems to have stopped. We moved back to Firenze area, with a 4 hours stopover to discover San Giminiano, and slept in Fiesole, a village above Firenze. Finally, we drove to Venice where we rented a small apartment for two nights. We walked 15 km a day in the narrow street of Venice, always wondering what we would discover at the next corner. We drove home through Simplon Pass and Switzerland, and stop for two nigths at friends in the Canton du Valais, where we hiked a bit again. We drove home the next day after 17 days of traveling, exhausted and welcomed back by the typical rain in Belgium. A summary of all the amazing things we've seen and crossed is given in the below activities. Don't hesitate to share your fav places in Italy!

Bärengraben
Bärengraben
Fosse aux ours de Berne, Grosser Muristalden 6, 3006 Bern, Suisse
La route de Vins d'Alsace
La route de Vins d'Alsace
Route des Vins, 68240 Sigolsheim, France
Petite Venise in Colmar
Petite Venise in Colmar
Rue de la Herse, 68000 Colmar, France
Arco D'Augusto
Arco D'Augusto
Piazza Arco D'Augusto, 11100 Aosta, Italie
Porta Pretoria
Porta Pretoria
Piazza Porte Pretoriane, 11100 Aosta, Italie
Cascate di Lillaz
Cascate di Lillaz
Frazione Lillaz, 11012 Cogne AO, Italie
The walls of Lucca
The walls of Lucca
Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy
Uffizi in Florence
Uffizi in Florence
Uffizi Gallery, Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze, Italy
Florence Cathedral
Florence Cathedral
Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze, Italie
Santa Maria Novella
Santa Maria Novella
Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 18, 50123 Firenze, Italie
Ponte Santa Trinita
Ponte Santa Trinita
St Trinity Bridge, Ponte Santa Trinita, 50100 Firenze, Italie
Enjoy a refreshing gelato in Florence
Enjoy a refreshing gelato in Florence
Florence, Italie
Battistero di San Giovanni
Battistero di San Giovanni
Piazza del Duomo, 50123 Firenze, Italie
Giardino di Boboli
Giardino di Boboli
Jardin de Boboli, Piazza Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze, Italie
Galleria degli Uffizi
Galleria degli Uffizi
Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze, Italie
The traffic-free center of medieval Monteriggioni
The traffic-free center of medieval Monteriggioni
53035 Monteriggioni, Province of Siena, Italy
The Chiantigiana Road in deep Tuscany
The Chiantigiana Road in deep Tuscany
53017 Radda in Chianti, Province of Siena, Italy
The city of Siena
The city of Siena
53100 Siena, Province of Siena, Italy
Piazza del Campo
Piazza del Campo
Il Campo, 53100 Siena SI, Italie
Duomo di Siena
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Duomo, 8, 53100 Siena SI, Italie
Torre del Mangia
Torre del Mangia
Torre del Mangia, 53100 Siena SI, Italie
Parco Regionale della Maremma
Parco Regionale della Maremma
Parco Regionale della Maremma, Loc. Collecchio, 58100 Magliano GR, Italy
Village of San Gimignano
Village of San Gimignano
San Gimignano, Sienne, Italie
Teatro La Fenice
Teatro La Fenice
campo san fantin 1965, 30124 Venice, Italy
Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco
Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco
Piazza San Marco, 328, 30124 Venezia, Italie
Canal Grande
Canal Grande
30124 Venise, Italie
Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio, 50125 Firenze, Italie
Ponte di Rialto
Ponte di Rialto
Rialto Bridge, Sestiere San Polo, 30125 Venezia, Italie
Ponte dei Sospiri
Ponte dei Sospiri
Pont Des Soupirs, Piazza San Marco, 1, 30122 Venezia, Italie
Venetian Ghetto
Venetian Ghetto
Fondamenta Ghetto, 30121 Venezia, Italie
Barry Foundation
Barry Foundation
Rue du Levant 34, 1920 Martigny, Suisse

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Nicolas Casula

Nicolas Casula

I got the travel virus when taking a 5-months travel break a few years ago. I believe that every place, every area is worth unveiling. Beauty lies everywhere.

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