Read More of My Italy Road Trip:
Introduction: Road Trip Though Italy
Italy Road Trip Day 1: Roaming Around Rome
Italy Road Trip Day 2: A Lunch to Remember
Italy Road Trip Day 3: Italian Happy Hour
Italy Road Trip Day 4: Weekend Respite in Milano
Italy Road Trip Day 5: Exploring Milan By Foot
Italy Road Trip Day 6: No Room at the Inn
Italy Road Trip Day 7: The Beauty of the Dolomites
I woke up to this view from my window:
This South Tyrol region of Italy surprised me the most. It was more beautiful than I was expecting, a genuine treat and somewhere I’d love to return with my family.
I wasn’t all that hungry and just had a bowl of muesli and cappuccino for breakfast.
The Hotel Rosengarten had a decent spread of cold items for breakfast and a fully-stocked bar:
After our morning meeting, we had about 3.5 hours to make the 2-hour drive to Venice for our afternoon flight to Paris.
This allowed us to stop at several points on the way south to take picture of the beautiful scenery:
Every town and village was more beautiful than the previous one!
At one point, we stopped at a café called “Area 51” to take a break. It was no Nevada desert…
I’m expecting a speeding ticket in the mail, though hopefully just one. The speed limit slows from 90km/h to 50km/h as you reach each village. Sometimes that comes upon you suddenly. Too suddenly.
One village had a speed camera strategically placed just beyond the 50km/h sign. I had slowed from 90km/h to 60km/hr, but had not reached 50km/hr yet. There was no flash, but I fear I was “blitzed” (as the Germans say).
As an aside, the Autostrade system in Italy is full of cameras which regulate sped (130km/hr). I was careful to follow those and hope there will be no unexpected surprises coming from Hertz…
As we headed south, we finally connected to a largely empty Autostrade, heading directly for the airport and stopping only just outside VCE to fill up the car with gasoline.
We dropped the car at Venice and caught our Air FranceEasyJet flight to Paris.
Time will tell if the relationships we cultivated on the trip will bear fruit, but it was an excellent week in one of my favorite countries of the world.
I now hold a great and deeper appreciation for Italy and cannot wait to return. It’s a beautiful country with warm and loving people and perhaps the best food in the world.