We all get stuck for holiday ideas, scouring the internet for something different rather the same old holiday you have every year. So why not try something different, why not explore more than one city at a time? Why not live the life on the road, touring a new city every day? Impossible! I hear you cry, well, more like very possible. Ever heard of fly-drive? You fly into one destination, pick up your car and drive to another destination, making stops to different cities along the way. This type of holiday can be fun, adventurous and inspirational. With our busy lives, it's nice to be able to set yourself free on the road and explore many places at the same time. Have I convinced you yet? Well take a look at our inspiring holiday suggestion, The Italian Riviera. And don't forget enough money for all the pizza your heart desires!
Start your road trip by landing at Galileo Galilei International Airport and pick up your car hire in Pisa
. Now as much as this is your starting destination, doesn't mean there isn't anything to see here. Leaning Tower of Pisa? The most famous landmark here, the bell tower of the city's cathedral should be one of the first things you see. Also visit the many Palaces scattered around this city such as the Palazzo della Carovana, the Palace in Knights Square, The Palazzo Reale (The Royal Palace) and the Palazzo Agostini. You can spend a whole day exploring Pisa (and eating pizza!) before you set off to your next destination.
Day 2 - La Spezia (97.4 kms/ 60.5 miles):
The first stop in the Italian Riviera, La Spezia dates back to pre-historic times and is a great city to explore. Visit St. Georges Castle on the small rise of Poggio. This castle has gone through construction works through most of it's life, but is still largely in tact. Be sure to enjoy the Transportation Museum (you are, after all, driving!) and then head on down to the Civic Museum in the Castle of San Giorgio, which is said to have originated from a watchtower with the castle being built in 1262.
Day 3 - Rapallo (56.5 kms/ 35.1 miles):
Here you will find the oldest golf course in Italy, opened in 1930 would be great way to spend the day. A must see here is The Castle on the Sea, the name says it all, a beautiful little castle built in 1551 to stop the frequent pirate attacks, also has a small chapel which was built in 1688. There are also ruins of a Monastery of the Valle Christi which was abandoned in 1568 after the pirates ravaged it.
Day 4 - Genoa (33.4 kms/ 20.8 miles):
Our next stop would be Genoa, you can enter through the Medieval gates which are a rare survival of the Golden Age and enjoy some sights this city has to offer. See the ancient lighthouse of Genoa at 249 feet (76 meters) tall, or go to the heart of the city and admire the Piazza de Ferrari, the square that is renowned for it's fountain. Why not spend a few hours hours at the Aquarium of Genoa, the largest in Italy and second largest in Europe.
Day 5 - Varazze (38.2 kms/ 23.8 miles):
The small town has plenty to see, especially the remains of an old medieval wall and the Church of Santa Maria in Latronorio. Here you can also take a naturalistic stroll through the rocky landscape and over look a series of small sea harbours with picturesque views.
Day 6 - Andora (68.1 kms/ 42.3 miles):
Has a beautiful long sandy beach where you can spend your day relaxing and taking in some of the sunshine. You can take part in water sports such as surfing, sailing, canoeing and windsurfing plus many more within the Marina. Why not try something different like hiking or mountain biking for the day. If you go in summer you can even enjoy the open air cinema which opens during season.
Day 7 - San Remo (47.8 kms/ 29.7 miles):
If you drive at the right time of year to San Remo, you can enjoy Sanremo Music Festival which takes place every year in February since 1951. It was the inspiration for the Eurovision Song Contest now held every year in May on live TV. It's a great fun day for all and a chance to hear music from a different culture. You can also admire the peaceful flower gardens here as the city is famous for their flowers all over the world. A very peaceful way to end your holidays before you fly home.
For the final leg of your journey, drive over to Nice, France (55.5 kms/ 34.5 miles) where you can drop off your car hire and fly home from Cô´te d'Azur Airport, but if you have time before you fly why not stop off for a coffee on the Promenade de Anglais, near the airport and look through all those photos you took of your holiday, you'll be surprised at how much you have seen and done!
That's our seven day drive through the Italian Riviera. Have you been to any cities along this coast with your car hire Italy
? Let us know what you would do differently, or any cities you think you would visit along the way!
Please Note: You may be charged a one way fee for your rental and also a fee to cross the border. This will be charged by the car hire supplier so make sure you read your terms and conditions.