driving the scenic route from germany to italy

Driving the Scenic Route from Germany to Italy: A Photo Diary

My boyfriend and I had the idea of driving the scenic route from Germany to Italy after two months of hiding out in the very South of Germany watching the snow fall as the days tick by.

We started to get a bit of cabin fever to say the least and decided we needed to go on a drive. I never realized how exciiiting Europe is until we had this opportunity to pull out the map and decide where to drive to. It was between Paris and Venice for me, i’m a sucker for the romantic cities, and in the end we decided on Venice because the drive was seemingly shorter and we could find parking easier in Venice than Paris we assumed.

My boyfriend is the smart one here and realized we would have to pay tolls in Austria and Italy that would total to 36 euros each way. To save the 70 euros, he spent 2 hours of mapping to plan our toll-free, scenic route.

Driving the scenic route from Germany to Italy was a beautiful trip that I can’t wait to share with you. Here is my photo diary of driving the scenic route from Germany to Italy:

driving the scenic route from germany to italy
Our starting point, the small village of Illmensee in the South of Germany
driving the scenic route from germany to italy
On the road! Austria, here we come!
driving the scenic route from germany to italy
Our route took us away from the big tunnel that cuts through the Alps and through a series of many toll-free tunnels.
driving the scenic route from germany to italy
The drive was beautiful, we were really lucky with clear skies and snowy mountains.

driving the scenic route from germany to italy

driving the scenic route from germany to italy

driving the scenic route from germany to italy
We made it into the very North of Italy. Signs are in German and in Italian and there are more and more pizzerias as we continued driving deeper into Italy.
driving the scenic route from germany to italy
This is the Reschensee, a frozen over lake in the North of Italy. A company built a dam here and flooded the town. This is the bell tower from the church that is high enough that it sticks out from the water as a reminder. There were a total of 163 homes that were submerged in this village.
driving the scenic route from germany to italy
Who knew Northern Italy was full of castles? There are more castles in the North of Italy than I’ve seen so far in Germany! Most were abandoned and falling a part but it was a very interesting drive. These are two here side by side in the mountains if you can spot them.

driving the scenic route from germany to italy

driving the scenic route from germany to italy
After 4 hours of driving through the Alps and Northern Italy we made it to a town that finally felt like Italy. Trento. The farmer’s market was on and we bought some aged Pecorino from that stall on the right there.
driving the scenic route from germany to italy
The town centre of Trento. I love this mermaid fountain with Poseidon on top!
driving the scenic route from germany to italy
Mermaids on mermaids on mermaids

driving the scenic route from germany to italy

driving the scenic route from germany to italy
I spy…

driving the scenic route from germany to italy

driving the scenic route from germany to italy

driving the scenic route from germany to italy

driving the scenic route from germany to italy
We’re back on the road! Just a short stop in Trento!
driving the scenic route from germany to italy
We made it to Venice, Italy. So charming even with clouds and rain!

driving the scenic route from germany to italy

Have you taken the scenic route from Germany to Italy? Have you explored the North of Italy? Would love to hear about your experiences! 

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