Driving to Italy
A personal view
After crossing to Calais take the A16 towards Dunkirk, or cross to
Dunkirk.. Then take the A25 towards Lille (in France but toll-free), then
head for Tournai and Mons (Bergen) on A27, becoming A8 in Belgium. Then A16
& A7 to Mons, Charleroi and Namur.
Du Pasino Hotel at St Armand Les Eaux near Lille, in the Casino complex
just outside the town. Cheaper deals at weekends. Choice of several
Here you turn south onto the A4 towards Arlon and Luxembourg.
Namur is a lovely old mediaeval city. You can take the old road
parallel to the autoroute down the Meuse to Dinant. Only found an
Ibis hotel there, but with views across the river.
Once you are in Luxembourg you can carry on the A13 towards
Saarbrucken and carry on through the toll-free German autobahn system to the
E35 down past Freiburg to Basel, and through Switzerland, past Lucerne
towards Como and Milan………
Hotel des Vignes at Remich, on the
German border. Just carry on the A13
for a few kms after the A13 turnoff towards Mondorf & Remich..
Rooms with views across the Moselle. Good food.
+352 23 699 149
NB Buy fuel in Montdorf – cheaper in Lux.
Otherwise, turn south onto the A3 (becoming A31 in
France – still toll-free) towards Thionville and Metz.
Carry on past Metz towards Nancy after which the autoroute runs out
but it is dual carriageway – A57.
Dancourt in Charmes.
+33 329 388080
Cheap, comfortable hotel in town centre.
Good unpretentious food.
Also Relay de Vincey on main road, but seems a
As you carry on the dual carriageway runs out and you
should head for Besancon.
Arbois. A lovely old wine town. Jean-Paul Jeunet +33 384 660567
restaurant. A bit pricey, but worth it for the experience. Also a hotel,
but you can stay somewhere cheaper to afford the menu!
From Besancon you can head across the Jura on the N83
towards Bourg en Bresse, perhaps stopping at Arbois. (or take the A36
autoroute to Dole, then the A391)
Join the A40 to go round Bourg en Bresse.
You can continue up towards Geneva and Chamonix on A40, through
Nantua. Carry on through the Mont Blanc Tunnel and down the Italian
autostrade past Aosta on the A5 towards Santhia and Alessandria……….
Otherwise carry on through the Bugey (an area rather like Lunigiana,
I think) towards Lac du Bourget (D1075 then D1504). At Le Bourget along the
lake there are several hotels.
Head up past Chambery towards Modane and the Frejus
Tunnel on the A43.
Once in Italy, drop down on the A32 round Torino and on
past Asti on the A21 towards Alessandria.
Turn off towards Genova on the A26. Go right through
Genova and continue down the coast on the A12 (direction Livorno)