Friday, 11 November 2016

A Luxury Roadtrip to Lombardy

road trip, travel, italy


It's on my bucket list, when the kids are older, to go on a road trip, to see more of the world. There are two places I'd love to drive through. One is the USA, how amazing would that be? And the other, Italy. Beautiful, beautiful Italy. My partner is half Italian so I'd love to road trip through Italy together.


Filled with Alpine valleys, mountains and lakes, medieval towns and world class art, the Lombardy region of northern Italy is synonymous with the good things in life. Milan is home to Da Vinci's “Last Supper” and La Scala opera house. It inspires images of fashion week's jet set lifestyle. Exploring the wider area adds breathtaking landscapes and local food to the mix. The region's stunning lakes and cities demand to be discovered in style. For this reason renting a car can be a great idea. You could hire a luxury car like an Audi in Milan, that provides an excellent combination of power grace and comfort, perfect for exploring the Lombardy region.

Not far from Milan is Italy's Lake District. Against the stunning background of the Alps, Lake Maggiore (Lago Maggiore) offers a relaxing contrast to the city. Here you can stroll along the water's edge, surrounded by palms, oleander and camellia, sampling local wine and eating olives. On the western edge of the lake, the Borromean Islands entice visitors with private palaces and shell encrusted grottos. Fishing villages serve fish fresh from the lake. 

After unwinding on the peaceful shores of Maggiore, head towards Lake Como (Lago di Como). Its scenery inspired the poet Shelley to declare, “this lake exceeds anything I ever held in beauty”; Wordsworth claimed it “a treasure which the earth keeps to itself”. Around the lake are the homes of the rich and famous, and villas housing luxurious spas. Lake Como is perfect for sailing and kitesurfing, and nearby are seven golf courses. Refuel on the delicacies of the area: cheese, salami, asparagus and honey.
From Lake Como head towards the largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda (Lago di Garda). Alongside the beautiful landscapes and food expected of Lombardy, it offers wonderful natural thermal spas. Time your trip right, and Lake Garda will wrap you in the scent of citrus from its few remaining lemon gardens. Enjoy the moment as you sip Bardolino, the local red wine.

Whilst exploring Lombardy's Lake District, take time to look out for the regions beautiful handcrafted items. The area specialises in artisan products made from cashmere, silk, wood and marble. Load the Audi with a few samples before heading back to Milan. 


Is there somewhere in the world you'd love to road trip through?

*in collaboration with MaryJ
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  1. Lovely blog post! Italy is definitely somewhere I would like to road trip through, as it's such a beautiful country.

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