Driving to Italy via England, France, Germany and Austria

View of Sciliar from the Brenner Pass when driving to Italy

It is rare that guests drive to Chamonix for our French Alps walking holidays as Geneva is so accessible by air from the UK.

However driving to Italy is a different story. The Dolomites is not as easy to fly to, and many of the airports are still a reasonable drive away.

Every autumn we plan the drive to start our Dolomite walking holidays. It’s really exciting choosing our route as we can pass through so many stunning towns and villages. So, if you want a little adventure and don’t mind doing some driving then sit back and enjoy this trip to the Dolomites.

Driving to Italy begins by crossing the channel and we always take two overnight stops on the way. You can start the European drive from Holland but we prefer France.

Driving to Italy | Day One | The UK and Northern France

We head for Dover, and because we have a long drive from the North of England, we usually stop overnight in Northern France, usually somewhere enroute to Champagne Ardennes.

Driving to Italy | Day Two | France

After a good night’s sleep day two sees us head for Alsace a beautiful region of France. Only the Rhine separates Germany from Alsace, a region that often looks German and even sounds German. But its heart—just to prove how deceptive appearances can be—is passionately French.

Driving to Italy | Day Three | France, Germany, Austria and Italy

Day three is my favourite part of the journey. It’s four countries in one day France, Germany, Austria and Italy, not quite as daunting as it sounds. As Italy gets closer we pass by the stunning Lake Constance in Germany and then through some majestic Austrian alpine scenery before reaching the mighty Brenner Pass.

The start of our Dolomite walking breaks seems so close as we drive along this amazing Autostrada into Italy. Before long we see the signs for Ortisei in Val Gardena and soon arrive at the beautiful Hotel Digon.

It may have taken three days but driving to Italy is a great way to see some of Europe’s finest scenery.