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This North East Italy road trip is a sure ticket to sweeping landscapes, charming hillside towns, and delightful restaurants serving homemade pasta dishes using age-old recipes at every turn.
On this itinerary from Venice, you’ll be exposed to all that and more as you explore the island city of Venice, the medieval old town of Verona, the historical Bologna (the birth region of Bolognese sauce), and the Renaissance town of Ferrara.
Get ready to drive your campervan along dreamy winding roads as the Mediterranean sun beats down, soaking up the sights, sounds, and tastes of Northern Italy as you go.
Your North East Italy road trip itinerary begins (and ends) in the fantastic city of Venice, a sinking city famously known for its islands and canals and one bursting with class, history, and style.
Between the marble palaces and historical buildings boasting Venetian architecture, you’ll find a number of art museums, busy bacaros (bars) and romantic eateries to keep you entertained for the full three days you’ll spend here.
The Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs are two of Venice’s must-see landmarks. While the first is an incredibly ornate mansion, the latter is a historical monument and one of the most viewed structures in the city.
After, hop on a gondola and explore the canals at your leisure. If you need a break from the bustling cobblestone streets and busy waterways make a beeline for the Venice Lido, a quiet island home to an idyllic soft-sand beach.
from Venice pick-up center
Saint Mark’s Basilica
Iconic monument, cathedral, cultural site.
Largest canal, photo opportunity, must-see site.
Enoteca Al Volto
Wine bar, Venetian cuisine, quaint.
Venezia Tronchetto Parking
Large car park, outdoor parking.
San Giuliano Venice
10-min bus to centre, city views, spacious.
Continue your North East Italy road trip further west to the smaller and lesser-known city of Verona, a town nestled between the Adige River and famous for its ties to William Shakespeare.
This medieval town makes for a great road trip stop and is home to a number of quaint cafes, cultural museums, and green spaces to enjoy a little adventure.
Once you’ve parked the campervan, head straight to Piazza delle Erbe, Verona’s largest town square and the perfect starting point for an inner-city adventure. From here you can scale the 12th-century Torre dei Lamberti and enjoy fantastic views over Verona, embark on a food and wine tour, or hire a bike and explore on two wheels.
If you have a spare afternoon, continue your road trip north-west out of the city to Lake Garda for a change of scenery.
Casa di Giulietta Museum
Shakespeare exhibits, performances, culture.
Amphitheatre, 100BC, historic ruins.
River-side dining, meats, cheeses.
Area Comunale Porta Palio
1km from centre, bus access, quiet location.
Area Sosta Camper Verona
Basic site, usual facilities, close to center.
Your North East Italy road trip continues south into the Emilia-Romagna region to visit the medieval town of Bologna. Home to the oldest university in the western world, iconic red terracotta roofs, and a rich foodie culture this little town provides the opportunity to soak up authentic Italy.
When you’re not climbing medieval towers, you’ll likely be sampling cured meats and fine cheese at the market.
No road trip to Bologna is complete without enjoying some of the region’s finest products first hand, and the best way to do so is to join a food tour.
Get ready to visit local markets to shop for and sample fresh produce or watch pasta being made first hand. After, head to Piazza Maggiore, Bologna’s town square and pay a visit to the 16th century Neptune Fountain.
Mercato Delle Erbe
Fruit and veg market, fresh produce, weekly.
City views, tower climb, terracotta roofs.
Tagliatelle al ragu, daily specials, cured meats.
Osteria Ca’Vecchia Parking (South)
Year-round, train links, green area.
Campsite Citta di Bologna (North)
Shaded pitches, green area.
Campsite Citta di Bologna
Shaded pitches, swimming pool, pizzeria.
End your North East Italy road trip in the small city of Ferrara, a real hidden gem of northern Italy and the perfect destination for a campervan itinerary.
Home to renaissance buildings, a number of art museums, and a 14th-century castle to boot, this little town is a culture vulture’s dream. There’s also an authentic feel to Ferrara, like you’ve escaped the crowds and stepped into everyday life in Italy.
The Ferrara Botanical Gardens, the Museum of Archaeology, and Palazzo Schifanoia should all be on your Ferrara to-do list. Make sure you swing by L’Emporio della Piazza café for an old school espresso too.
Spend day two here visiting Parco Regionale Veneto del Delta del Po, a wetland nature reserve located en-route back to Venice. The park is filled with a variety of flora and fauna and is ideal for an adventure-filled day of hiking, boating, and biking.
14th century, moat, historic structure.
Museo dell Catterdrale
Cultural exhibits, religious artwork, pristine gardens.
Trattoria le Nuvole
Italian seafood, rustic, romantic dining.
Camper Parking Area Ferrara
Central (overnight) parking, book online, electricity.
Shaded pitches, Wi-Fi, 30-min walk to centre.