Are the roads normally open during the winter months driving from Munich through Switzerland to Venice?
Lots of trucks use the Brenner motorway (Austrian/Italian border) so it'd be real freak weather to close it.
From the Brenner you could continue autostrada to Verona and then head east to Venice. The more scenic route in Italy would be across country through the Dolomites; ask the question also on Italy forum.
I would drive (and have driven) Munich to Salzburg on the A-8, and then on the Austrian Autobahn A-10 to Villach and on the Italian Autostrada A-23 to Undine and on to the AutoStrada A-4 to Venice. It my be a bit further (560km) than across the Brenner (493 via Garmisch- Mittenwald - Innsbruck- Brenner or 510km via the A-8 to Rosenheim and the A-12 to Innsbruck and the Brenner), but a better road and fewer trcks. No matter which way you go, you have to get an Austrian Autobahn Vignette and pay Autostrada tolls.
PS: Why not take the train? What willyoiubbe doing with your car in Venice? Pay the parkjing fee at the Piazzale Roma or turn it in? Both are expensive propositions.
I appreciate the responses. Thanks Lynda for the redirect through Austria. I am not sure which way I would be going. I will have about 3 weeks to travel around. I will be picking up a new BMW in Munich (European Delivery Programs. I would be spending some time in the Munich area, then head down to Italy. If time allows I may also take the ferry over to Greece. Any advice would be appreciated.
Treplow, thanks for the thorough directions.
good to hear that you're going to come to Italy!!! You'll be welcome!
First, ensure that you can drive your rented car out of the german country, through Austria and to Italy.
Big roads are normally open (highways), but if you want a suggestion don't come on winter. Springtime is the most beautiful time to come to Italy.
And coming down from Austria don't forget to stop into the Dolomites valleys.
If you want I can give you more details about a good 2 or 3 days trip from Brennero to Venice.
To go to Greece... long journey indeed.If you board in Venice on a ferry it'll be 24 hours or more! If you board from Ancona is less, but anyway a good trip.
In my opinion you should drive down to Italy and have a complete sightseeing to northern part of Italy up to Florence. And then spend some days at the seaside in Italy: Tuscany or Marche are the best.
Let me know if you want detailed information on what to see in Intaly, I can give you suggestions.
Thank you very much mymusic. My plan at this point is to drive to Venice from Munich; spending a few days there. Then spend a few days driving down the east coast of Italy to Bari. From there take the ferry to Greece, spending +/-5 days there. Return to Bari, then continue around the southern part of Italy, then up the west coast; spending a day or two in Naples, then 3 or 4 in Rome. Then onto Genoa, Milano and back to Munich. I am thinking 3 weeks total; the days above are just guesses. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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