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Italian Lakes Road Trip

Milan - Orta San Giulio - Stresa - Locarno - Varese - Como - Bellagio - Bergamo

Expect on your Italian Lakes Road Trip Itinerary

Historical sites Historical sites
Landscape Landscape
Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Beach Beach
Culture Culture
Comfort Comfort
Urban life Urban life
Road conditions Road conditions
ACTIVATE MAP Stages7 km332 h/stage1.2

Best months to drive Italian Lakes Road Trip

I II III IV V VI
VII VIII IX X XI XII

Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a Italian Lakes Road Trip in Alps?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 150EUR drive & more 38EUR sleep & more 220EUR eat & more 144EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 402EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 552EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 270EUR drive & more 50EUR sleep & more 352EUR eat & more 192EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 594EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 864EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 360EUR drive & more 63EUR sleep & more 572EUR eat & more 288EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 923EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,283EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 900EUR drive & more 75EUR sleep & more 110EUR eat & more 144EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 329EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,229EUR
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Italian Lakes Road Trip Itinerary

If you are looking for one of the most alluring road trips in Alps, Italian Lakes Road Trip will surely cater to your needs. Our tour is an answer to the needs of family. Milan, Stresa, and Locarno are places that you will be passing while behind the wheel. The route described in this article takes 4 days to complete, but travellers can surely complete it in 3. If you are tempted with the picturesqueness of what Alps offers, you can always extend your road trip. The whole route takes 332km to travel, and you will spend around 1.2 hours a day spent on the road. Let’s hit the road if you are ready for the journey!
number of days 4 number of days
route length 332 km route length
budget fair budget
good for family good for
traffic direction on the right traffic direction
accident level moderate accident level
During Italian Lakes Road Trip, holidayers will spend a lot of time outside the urban areas where they will have the opportunity to admire splendid nature. The whole experience during the adventure will be stress-free, and you will visit a wide selection interesting attractions. It gives you a lot of options to learn more on the culture of Alps. Italian Lakes Road Trip is also filled with opportunities allowing tourists to see exciting historical gems. Considering security, constant awareness of what is happening on the road will ensure the safety of you and your passengers. Travelling on the right and a moderate number of accidents are characteristic features of the road environment in Alps. The period of time recommended to take our trip is between April and June.

START Milan

Distance 332 km Driving time 8.3 h Pace: slow Airports MXP
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Your journey starts at the Milan Malpensa Airport. It is precisely the place where you can collect your rental vehicle.

1 Milan - Lake Orta - Orta San Giulio

Distance 46 km Driving time 0.8 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
junction of road trips UNESCO World Heritage Site interesting  historic site accommodation options camper parking available
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2 Orta San Giulio - Stresa

Distance 23 km Driving time 0.7 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
interesting  historic site accommodation options
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3 Stresa - Tronzano - Locarno

Distance 55 km Driving time 1.4 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
accommodation options interesting  historic site
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4 Locarno - Unione dei comuni Ovest Lago Var - Varese

Distance 85 km Driving time 2.0 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
accommodation options camper parking available interesting  historic site attractive landscape
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5 Varese - Como

Distance 29 km Driving time 1.1 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
junction of road trips interesting  historic site attractive landscape accommodation options
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6 Como - spartiacque lago di Como/fiume S - Bellagio

Distance 29 km Driving time 0.9 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
accommodation options junction of road trips interesting  historic site
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7 Bellagio - Lecco - Bergamo

Distance 64 km Driving time 1.5 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
junction of road trips accommodation options interesting  historic site
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  Bergamo

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Italian Lakes Road Trip Summary

It would be great if our adventure idea sparked your creativity and imagination.
Our itinerary can be used as a template that you can recreate in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with diverse tourist attractions.
If you are planning on travelling by car in Alps, there are a number of important road rules to follow and a number of elements to remember to make your adventure smooth and safe. These tips will surely become useful for travellers who are interested in renting a car or renting a camper in Alps.
It is essential to be mindful of the local road rules when driving around Alps. Alcohol is best to be avoided at all if Alps is your travel destination. Tourists ought to remember that the allowed level of alcohol in blood is rather low and amounts to only 0.5‰. The speed limit that cannot be exceeded when travelling around the urban build-up areas is 50km/h. When travelling outside the cities, you should stick to the maximum allowed speed of 90km/h. On highways, avoid driving faster than the speed limit of 130km/h. Driving with your headlights on at daytime and equipping your vehicle with a first aid kit and fire extinguisher heavily increase the safety.
The majority of travellers are also interested in the travel expenses of the whole road trip. Depending on the budget option that you go for, the total expenses during the whole adventure may vary. A wide range of budget configurations is showed below.
We estimate that the cheapest option when it comes to fuel to cover the planned 332km across Alps may cost roughly 38 EUR. Economy accommodation options may cost you around 220 EUR. Tourists who take advantage of this option will spend about 144 EUR on restaurants and food. Travellers will have to pay about 150 EUR if they choose the budget car rental offer as well. Thus, the estimated travel expenses amount to approximately 402 EUR without vehicle rental and 552 EUR with car rental.
When it comes to the standard offer, you should be prepared to pay the maximum of 50 EUR on the fuel needed to cover the itinerary. If you are into standard accommodation options, you should remember that the expenses can amount up to more or less 352 EUR. Holidayers may expect that the standard option in terms of restaurants and food will cost around 192 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the tour in a standard rental vehicle should expect a cost of roughly 270 EUR. Summing up the standard offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total roughly 864 EUR for holidayers who would like to try vehicle hire and 594 EUR for those who are not interested in renting.
The available premium option has been prepared with the most demanding holidayers in mind. When it comes to this offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total more or less 1,283 EUR for holidayers who are considering car hire and 594 EUR for those who do not need a hire car. Travellers who want to cover the itinerary in a premium rental car should expect a cost of roughly 360 EUR. In the premium version of the adventure, the cost of the gasoline needed to cover all stages around Alps is around 63 EUR. Tourists who are interested in top services in all aspects of their itinerary should expect to pay about 288 EUR for restaurants and food and around 572 EUR for accommodation.
Our trip is also a marvellous opportunity for all camper enthusiasts. When it comes to this travel means, you will pay up to approximately 900 EUR. If you are wondering about the money that has to be spent on gasoline during the whole tour, it will amount to around 75 EUR. Holidayers who choose camper hire should expect to pay about 110 EUR for overnight stays and approximately 144 EUR for expenses connected with food.
The section Road Trip Costs shows all the above details in a straightforward manner.
The showed part of Alps is best to be visited between April and June. If you like Italian Lakes Road Trip, check out other beautiful road trips and scenic drives that we offer on our website. The great variety of travel opportunities will surely cater to the needs of the most demanding drivers.

Facts for safer driving in Alps

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.5
max speed urban max speed urban 50 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 90 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 130 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime on
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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