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Day drive between Venice and Florence

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Day drive between Venice and Florence

We are driving between Venice and Florence on August 27th, 2014 and would like to travel part of the time on backroads instead of the autostrada. We are currently scheduled from noon until 7-8PM for the drive. Suggestions?

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1. Re: Day drive between Venice and Florence

It will take forever!!Expecially the Appennines part....

Go with autostrada and have a stop in Bologna or Padova or Ferrara instead...amazing cities!!

Edited: 17 August 2014, 08:19
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2. Re: Day drive between Venice and Florence

Between Venice and Bologna, you cross the plain of the Po River, and most roads are very boring.

From Bologna to Florence, you go through mountains and the "backroads" are difficult with steep grades and many bends.

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3. Re: Day drive between Venice and Florence

LOL, you should note that driving "forever" by European standards is anything over about 4 hours. ;)

We drove from Venice to Cortona and it was a lovely drive. As we were heading a bit further south than you are, our route may not be helpful to you, but I'll share it incase you can glean anything useful from the information.

Getting away from Venice and Maestre was a bit confusting. Somehow we missed the turn to Ravenna and ended up doing a loop through Maestre first, but we got ourselves sorted out pretty quickly. Here's the route we followed:


There were some places that were signposted for stops between Chiogga and Ravenna, and a couple of them looked quite busy, but we were a bit concerned about drive time and only stopped at one of the beaches down that stretch to eat our picnic lunch. Beaches in Italy are so completely different from what we know as "a day at the beach" here in the PNW, that its worth stopping to just have the experience.

The best part of the drive was where we left the highway at Bagno di Romagna through the national park through the mountains to Bibbiena. This was so pretty and such an interesting drive. I found out afterwards that we should have made the effort to detour to the south (although I can't find either the name of the town nor why we should have gone there just at the moment....) through that bit, but it was all pretty, and we didn't have any trouble with navigation. Everything was very well signposted.

Where we headed south to Arezzo, you could continue west towards Florence. You are informed about the ZTL zones, right?

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4. Re: Day drive between Venice and Florence

I salute you. i have often advised people that the drive from Venice to Florence is tedious if you stay on the autostrada. But to do as you say would be a unique experience and would make you at least a trip advisor expert on something. Consider stopping in Padova, or Rovigo, or Ferrara (and buy a Ferrari!). Or, a special treat - we think that the finest restaurant in the world is in the little town of Stanghellla, just South of Monselice - or Bologna or this.... or that....

There are many opportunities to make this a very special experience. However the scenery is not part of that.

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