As I rolled out of bed this morning to be greeted by the chill proving that Winter is almost here, my mind wandered to where I would rather be… Italy… always Italy!
Somewhere warm would be nice, but even though a relaxing beach holiday sounds wonderful, I quite fancy a road trip. Not just any old road trip though, but a ‘The Trip’ inspired holiday. Taking a buddy along with me and sampling local cuisine and taking in the cultural delights of whatever city, town or village we had travelled to. Very much like Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Meaning that I would absolutely need to take a buddy along with me and it is a must that the road trip would have to be filmed, clearly. With two comedy geniuses driving around I’m sure Steve and Rob would be worrying about their next series!
But where to start my road trip?
Well, first it would involve getting to the airport in order to jet off to a summer climate and thus parking at the airport so time isn’t wasted waiting for taxi’s. Airport parking companies such as Purple Parking take the stress out arriving at the airport and also upon arriving back home, just to be able to load up your car with all your luggage and drive home.
Having already visited Rome and the Amalfi Coast, I would love to start my version of The Trip at the North of the country, flying into Parma airport, picking up a little hire car and starting the zoom around. Starting in Venice to be serenaded by a gondola oarsman as we glide down the Grand Canal, before heading for St. Mark’s Basilica in the central square. Travelling anti clockwise, the road trip would next take us to Turin to take in the stunning architecture (hello Instagram) and the mouthwatering cuisine that the area is renowned for.
By this time, I will be itching to head further down the west coast of Italy to visit Rome, somewhere you can never spend enough time. There really is so much to experience, from the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps,The Vatican, The Forum and also the mesmerising and atmospheric Colosseum – I defy anyone to not feel moved and experience goosebumps whilst taking it all in. I would certainly want to spend a good week exploring Italy’s Capital city – it also helps that you tend to see lots of Italian men in service uniform whilst there! 😉
My ultimate road trip would not be complete without an unlimited amount of time being spent at the Amalfi Coast, just south of Naples. The atmosphere is so relaxed and chilled and sitting in a coffee shop in the centre of Sorrento sounds bliss right now. A little piece of my heart was left there when I first visited many moons ago and that part of coastline really did leave a huge, long lasting impression on me.
Returning home would no doubt end in heartbreak and I would already be planning my return back to Italy. Actually, writing this post has left me somewhat deflated… especially as I look out of the window to be greeted by the miserable Mancunian rain. Some production company or holiday company needs to take my road trip idea on board and send me out there! The End.
A collaborative post for the #WheelsOfTheWorld campaign, however the trip is entirely how I picture it, I’m just still undecided on who I would take with me though!