By this point you all know my love for Italy. I mean, whats not to love? It's a beautiful country, with delicious food and so much history. Kirby and I still can't believe we got to spend so much time last Summer exploring so many different cities throughout Italy and already can't wait to go back. It will be so fun traveling with Baby O and showing them all the world has to offer. One thing we decided to do last minute was drive from Cinque Terre to Milan which was our last city before heading back to the states. We had used the train already and knew we wanted to explore a bit more on our own however we really didn't know what we were getting ourselves into. I wanted to share our one day road trip from Cinque Terre to Milan so you could decide for yourself if your up for the adventure!
Watch my Full Vlog on Our Road Trip up the Coast
We Love Having No Plans
As I've stated in my previous travel diaries on Cinque Terre & Florence, Kirby and I truly love having no plans. We enjoy wandering around new cities and new places without really knowing whats in store for us. We like to set things out that we'd like to see or do, of course, but really like just stumbling into things and into new experiences. When we finally decided to drive instead of train the only thin we did was check out a few of the cities or towns along the way to get an idea of where we could stop, but left anything and everything open.
The only really set plans we had was the pick-up and drop-off time for the car rental. Which started out funny, because we ended dup getting a nicer car then we originally rented. Total win. We set out that morning with espresso and croissants and couldn't wait to see what was in store for us.
Lots of Beautiful Open Land
I was in awe of the beautiful country sides on our train ride from Rome to Florence and was so excited to see what we were going to view. It was beautiful. Lots of greenery and stunning rolling hills and mountains that never ended. It was also super cool to see us go along the water the entire way. It would go out of sight here and there, but it would always come back and was really pretty. I was so happy we had the GoPro with us and seriously couldn't stop taking video's and pictures.
Cruising on the Highway
Italy has a law that you can only drive in the left lane if you're actually passing someone which seemed to make a huge difference compared to the state highways. People fly on these roads and it was crazy to see. Not dangerous or anything because you don't need to go fast with having the right lane, but it was still crazy to be around. We cruised through a ton of tunnels due to all the mountains and it was really cool.
This was one of the places I knew I wanted to stop when we originally looked up the route. Portofino is very high class area that houses a ton of huge yachts. It was stunning driving through the village and being surrounded by all the gorgeous and massive colorful houses. It's a fishing village right on the Italian Riviera and it did not disappoint. It's has really upscale boutiques and restaurants that we loved walking around. It was just stunning and super fun to see.
I also had some of the best (and most expensive) gelato in my life that was worth every penny. There was a huge gold yacht there that was definitely the biggest one Kirby and I had ever seen in our life. We took time to walk all the way up to the Portofino Ligth House and it gave the best views of the village and port. It was such a fun and quick hour stop that did not disappoint.
This is the second place I knew I wanted to stop and for the most important reason. Supposedly this city is the original spot that Pesto first came from. I'm not sure if it's true or not, but I at least had to stop and mark it off my list. Genoa is the 6th largest city in Italy and it was much more like a city than really any of the other places along our whole trip. It had a hustle and bustle to it and had a really cool shopping area that we walked along forever trying to find a lunch spot. We didn't take a whole lot of time exploring all the history around, but overall the city was cool and I had really good pesto pizza so it was a win in my eyes.
It started to down pour the block before we got to the car and we couldn't stop laughing as we ran back. Kirby didn't mind driving though Italy at all until we got to Milan. Milan was insane and loaded with traffic. It was a lot to take in especially after a full day of driving. Stay tuned for a full update on that.
If you can make the trip and have the time definitely drive up the coast. It is truly and adventure and so gorgeous. We will never forget the funny radio music and the twist and turns through each road. Driving around in a little car and laughing together/figuring out where the heck to go was something we will cherish forever.