Itineraries in Veneto: the most unforgettable road trips

by Lavinia Colonna Preti
Itineraries in Veneto: the most unforgettable road trips — Veneto Secrets

Veneto offers wonderful roads and paths that, in a few hours, allow you to enjoy both breathtaking views and picturesque towns. Here are three truly magical on-the-road itineraries that have also been the set of various films for their spectacularity: from the crazy pursuit of James Bond along one of the most beautiful panoramic roads in the world overlooking the Garda lake to the natural parks of the Prealps and the Venetian Dolomites, where an episode of Star Wars has been filmed, up to the magic of the Venice Lagoon at sunset.
For each itinerary, we suggest the most appropriate means of transport to fully experience the essence of the places and take pictures worthy of the coolest Instagram account!

Lake Garda in a Mercedes 450 SL Cabrio

The car is the Mercedes SL Cabrio roadster, produced from 1972 to 1989, which consecrated Richard Gere as the sexy icon of the 80s when he plowed through the streets of Malibu on the notes of Blondie’s legendary “Call Me” song in the film American Gigolo.
The road is the one that runs along Lake Garda between Veneto, Trentino, and Lombardy. It starts from Lazise and crosses many towns on the Venetian shore of Lake Garda – Bardolino, Brenzone (excellent restaurants there are the Osteria al Pescatore, in the photo gallery, or Da Umberto), Malcesine (try the Michelin-starred Vecchia Malcesine) up to Riva del Garda. From there, you go down to Limone, ready to admire the stretch of road up to Tremosine, where some scenes from the 007 Quantum of Solace film were shot, up to the most spectacular part of the trip, the Strada della Forra. Excavated in the riverbed of the Brasa stream, then diverted, it was defined by Winston Churchill as “the eighth wonder of the world”.
Then, you can stop at the Terrazza del Brivido, hidden inside a plain three-star hotel, so-called because it is “suspended” at 350m above the lake level, giving the thrill of a truly wonderful view. From here you can go back or proceed to the majestic Villa Feltrinelli in Gargnano for a cocktail or an unforgettable dinner.
Duration: about 4 hours (round trip not counting breaks).

The Cansiglio on a Vespa

The Vespa, the Made in Italy icon designed in the 1950s, embodies all the charm of the Dolce Vita, giving freedom on two wheels better than any other means of transport. The itinerary starts from Vittorio Veneto, where you can stop and rent a red Vespa Primavera in via Caprera and then visit the tiny village of the Cimbri (which looks like the Asterix one!) with its typical wooden houses. Passing through the suggestive streets of the Cansiglio forest, you go up a hill to stop for lunch at Casera Le Rotte (to try the traditional dishes, from canederli to pastìn up to stewed venison), a 17th-century hut perfectly preserved, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of Pian del Cansiglio.
The final destination is the Caglieron Caves, an incredible circular path between waterfalls and suspended wooden walkways that seem straight out of an Indiana Jones film. Get ready for a truly unforgettable adventure!
Duration: about 2 hours (round trip not counting breaks).

The Venice Lagoon in Acquarama

The best way to visit the Venice Lagoon is to hire a wooden motorboat from the 1960s, such as the Aquarama, the iconic yacht made famous by Aristotle Onassis and Brigitte Bardot. The itinerary start from Venice and the first stopping by is the island of Sant’Erasmo, called “the vegetable garden of Venice” as here are produced some of the best Venetian specialties such as the purple artichokes. Here you can book a wine tasting at the Orto di Venezia Winery (one of the very few still productive of the Lagoon) that produces a white wine with original mineral scents that can be found in the most famous restaurants around the world. You can then stop by the island of Burano (excellent Al Gatto Nero restaurant) and the adjacent Mazzorbo island (Venissa, the Bisol family’s Luxury Wine Resort, is definitely worth a visit). The last stop is the Torcello island where you can have lunch and relax in the beautiful garden of Locanda Cipriani.
You can contact Venice Water Taxi to rent a Riva-style wooden motorboat or, for a fairytale experience, stay at The Gritti Palace Hotel which offers the possibility to book the “Riva Experience”: Doge, an Aquariva motorboat equipped with everything you need on board (like Ruinart champagne!) will take you for an unforgettable sunset trip to the North Lagoon.
Duration: about 4 hours (round trip not counting breaks).

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