The beautiful country of Italy offers the perfect backdrop for a romantic and rustic road-trip.
Begin your journey with a visit to Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and the birthplace of Renaissance, before taking off into the Tuscany countryside.
The next stop is Orvieto, a hilltop town well known for its Gothic cathedral, caves and Classico wine. If you leave your car at the bottom of the hill, you can park for free and make your own way up to the Medieval town.
If you don’t mind taking a slight detour, Rome is less than 80 miles from Orvieto…
We next recommend that you loop around some of Italy’s lesser known (and less crowded) but equally as beautiful coastal towns, starting with Talamone which is a fishing village with an impressive castle looming over it.
From Talamone, hop back into your rental car to the beaches of Marina di Grosseto and the Riserva Naturale Scarlino in Follonica, both being worthy of stopping for.
Then head back towards Florence, stopping first in Siena and Castellina in Chianti which is known for its vineyards and wine.
If you manage to complete the entire trip without any detours, which will be difficult as the region has many distracting and enchanting towns and stops, the journey is around 340 miles.