Clive Myrie’s Italian Road Trip – BBC

Clive Myrie embodies our motto of ‘Discover the real Italy’ in his latest travel series, ‘Clive Myrie’s Italian Road Trip.’ Clive uncovers some of our much-loved hidden gems and shares a new perspective on Italy’s iconic cities – all while soaking up the rich local culture. 

Did Clive’s road trip inspire you? Each episode of the series showcases a different stop of Clive’s adventure, so we’ve collated these bucket-list destinations below to help you plan your next Italian escape! Whether you’re looking for an island oasis or a bustling city break, our 90 years' experience as the Italy holiday specialists, means we’re ready to help you discover the real Italy!


Hear about Clive Myrie’s inspiring Italian Road Trip on the UK’s #1 award-winning travel podcast, The Travel Diaries with Holly Rubenstein.

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Clive visits Italy’s prosecco region, Veneto and after spending a night in a giant wine barrel, he learns why prosecco is equal to champagne from a female winegrower.

Swap Clive’s wine barrel bed for a luxurious stay at the 4* Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal in Venice. From there, enjoy a day trip to nearby Conegliano.

Beautiful view of traditional Gondolas on famous Canal Grande with historic Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in the background in romantic golden evening light at sunset in Venice, Italy

Follow along as Clive steps into the shoes of a local in Italy’s floating city. Watch as he takes to the canals of Venice to try his hand at being a gondolier.

This is one experience not to be missed! Float down the Grand Canal and be serenaded by your own gondolier on your next Venetian escape.

Aerial view of Verona historical city centre Veronetta, medieval buildings with red tiled roofs, cypress trees, blue sky background, Veneto Region, Italy. Verona cityscape, panoramic view.

On Clive’s next stop, he heads to the city of Verona to find out why Romeo and Juliet’s balcony inspires lovers all around the world.

Combine romance and adventure with a night under the stars at the Verona Opera Festival as it celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2023.

BOLOGNA, ITALY, on MAY 2, 2015. The top view on the old city
Bologna is known as one of the happiest places in the world and it’s not hard to see why. While here, Clive learns how to make tortellini and is told why even Italians think Bologna is the best place to eat! 

Put a smile on your face with a trip to Italy’s foodie favourite, Bologna.
In this episode, Clive heads to Tuscany’s medieval town of Barga, eats a delicious fish supper and discovers the forgotten quartz quarry that made Florence so magnificent!

To enjoy a stay in the Tuscan countryside, we’d recommend staying in Montecatini Terme at the 4* Francia e Quirinale.
Square of Signoria in Florence at sunrise, Italy
Clive follows Florentine fashion with a masterclass in Italian menswear before discovering why italics are so Italian with some card designing.

Be sure to explore the local artisans of Florence on your next city break.
Clive dips his toes into the famous hot springs of Saturnia and joins Italy’s cowboys for a lesson in lassoing.

To make your own day trip to Maremma possible we suggest a stay in Siena at the 5* Grand Hotel Continental.
cityscape and panoramic view of old bridge with warm sunset sky water reflections and dome of St. Peters cathedral church with old buildings and architecture in Rome, Italy
Clive goes off the beaten track to explore Rome in a different light. Watch as he tries his hand at Italy’s fastest growing sport and an ancient Roman art form.

Escape the tourists and uncover the real Rome on your next Italian adventure. 
Clive trades the city for a fishing expedition across Europe’s biggest volcanic lake. 

Fancy taking your own day trip to Lazio? Rome is a great base if you’re looking to combine your lake visit with an iconic city.  Citalia’s choice would be a stay at the 4* Palazzo Navona.

In episode 6, Clive Myrie makes his way to Naples to enjoy a night at the opera at Teatro San Carlo. 

An opera performance is an unmissable experience so be sure to add it to your next trip to Naples.

Capri island in a beautiful summer day in Italy

Follow along as Clive heads to the mesmerising island of Capri where he embraces the culture of the locals. 

For some Italian glitz and glamour, add a stop in Capri to your next Italian escape!

Vesuvius and Pompeii
Torre del Greco

Heading for the ruins of Pompeii, Clive Myrie steps off the beaten track to discover the benefits of volcanic soil for growing fruit and vegetables. 

Climb to the top of Vesuvius for spectacular views on our Pompeii and Vesuvius excursion.

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Exploring the heart of Sicily, Clive visits the islands capital, Palermo where he cooks up a storm at a community kitchen before spending the night in a 700-year-old mansion.

Follow in Clive’s foodie footsteps and delight in a trip to the bustling melting pot of Palermo.


Clive hops to his first Italian island of the series, Sicily and joins geologists working to predict when Mount Etna could next erupt! 

Visit the breathtaking views of Mount Etna for yourself as part of your Sicilian adventure. 

Puglia and Basilicata

Clive Myrie follows Bond, with a licence to explore the hidden caves and history of Matera in the first episode of the series. 

To explore coast and countryside, we suggest mirroring Clive’s trip by enjoying a stay in both, on a 7-night multi-centre.

Call us today to speak to one of our Italy Experts for further travel advice, hotel recommendations or to begin planning your next Italian holiday.
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