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What is an Italy fly-drive?

The perfect holiday for independent travellers who like to set their own itinerary, on an Italy fly-drive holiday you chose your destination. Fly in, pick up your hire car and then set off on your own Italian adventure. 

Italy is the ideal destination for a fly-drive holiday, with a network of well-maintained roads connecting you to must- visit destinations and sights, as well as quiet countryside, undiscovered beaches and some of the country’s most beautiful hidden gems.

Visit Sicily and take a circular route around the island, taking in the sights such as Mount Etna while still having time to relax on some of the stunning beaches. Alternatively, for a taste of history and culture, Tuscany is littered with tiny hamlets and family run wineries which are best discovered by car. You will enjoy driving through rolling countryside to its Renaissance capital, where you can admire the medieval architecture. Sardinia is also a must as you can visit the north and south of the island in just one trip. In the north you’ll be greeted with swathes of pristine beaches, and in the south you can take time out to visit the rustic villages for a truly authentic Italian experience.  


Our most popular Italy driving holidays

Need some ideas? These are the most popular Italy road trips on our books. They include suggestions on how long to spend in each destination, plus what you can see while you’re there. The itineraries are completely flexible, though – you can tweak them to your exact requirements. Just give our Italy Experts a call to work out the details. 


This 12-day fly-drive covers the highlights of Sicily, one of the largest islands in the Med, with its patchwork of historic towns, quiet coastlines and natural wonders like Mount Etna.

One of the most famous landscapes in the country, spend a week exploring Tuscany’s hilly wine regions, with food-filled stops in Renaissance cities like Florence and Pisa. 

Two of southern Italy’s lesser-known regions, this twin-centre will take you through the undiscovered hilltop towns of Basilicata and around Calabria’s ruggedly beautiful coastline. 

Take a spin around undiscovered southern Italy with a road trip through Puglia (a fabulous food and wine region), and onto the unique UNESCO-listed towns of Basilicata.

In 10 days you’ll cover the north and south of the island of Sardinia. The south is all about the Caribbean-style beaches, while the north is wilder. You can even visit neighbouring islands like Corsica.

This self-drive in the Italian countryside includes Tuscany’s renowned Chianti wine region, cultural gems Florence and Perugia, and a day exploring spectacular Lake Trasimeno. 

Spend two weeks exploring Italy’s lesser-known south by car, including the spectacular coastlines of Calabria and Cilento, the unique landscapes of Basilicata and the baroque cities of Puglia.



Inspire me

Our brand ambassador, Gennaro Contaldo, shares his favourite Italy road trips from a lifetime of driving around the country. 

Get some hints and tips on driving in Italy, straight from our experts at CIAO Citalia.

Find out more about Italy self-drive holidays with our car hire partners, Avis.