These two scenic Italian road trip itineraries take you through tiny villages in southern Italy’s province of Lazio.
This past September my mother and I traveled back to Europe together. In Rome, I rented a car with Auto Europe so we would have more flexibility while visiting the area near the village where she was born.
Disclosure: This post is kindly sponsored by Auto Europe which provided a 6 day car rental. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Although my mother spent the first 15 years of her life here, and I have visited innumerable times, there are so many places nearby we have never seen. One day, we decided to do a little exploring and after visiting the cemetery in Cervaro (the final resting place of my grandparents and many other relatives), we took one of these scenic Italian road trip itineraries
Our final destination would be San Donato Val di Comino. Although only 46.5 miles (75 km) away, it would be about a two hour drive through twisty and scenic mountain roads.
Given the fact that that the reason for this drive is to see the scenery, you can’t forget to factor in much more time to admire the views and stop for photos. A lunch break would be a fantastic idea, too. I would suggest that if you decide to take either of these itineraries (or a similar one, elsewhere), plan for taking half a day (about 6 hours). There’s nothing worse than going out for a drive and having to rush due to impending plans.
In case you aren’t familiar, Lazio is the province of central Italy which includes Rome. The area outlined in the maps below is just over an hour south of Rome, and about an hour north of Naples. As these cities are in close proximity to this region, one could easily take a day trip from either location, in order to drive these itineraries. Set up a rental through Auto Europe in either city. However, if you’d prefer to stay in the area, I would suggest Cassino as the nearest larger town, or you could find an agriturismo, bed and breakfast, or even an AirBnB rental in the area.
In addition to the map, the following photos will give you an idea of the type of scenery that you will see along the route. If you enjoy these pictures, these scenic Italian road trip itineraries as for you. Don’t expect to see any places to shop, or even a large town along the way. You will be driving through mountain villages and small towns. Begin with enough fuel in your car, too, as I can’t guarantee you’ll be able to top up along the way. If there is a station, it may very well be closed when you pass.
The Scenic Italian Road Trip
You’ll see that there is little difference in both itineraries. The first will take you via Picinisco, where you can read about Casa Lawrence and La Caciosteria. I would highly recommend Casa Lawrence as a place to stop to eat. However, you’ll have to check their opening hours.
On the second itinerary, will take you through the hilltop town of Atina. Coincidentally, my paternal grandmother was from Atina. Near here, I can recommend Ristorante Kaktus in Villa Latina.
Cervaro to San Donato Val di Comino via Picinisco
Cervaro to San Donato Val di Comino via Atina
Here are some photos from the scenic Italian road trip.
San Donato Val di Comino
San Donato Val di Comino is deserving of a bit of special attention. Be sure to leave enough time to explore this beautiful old village. You’ll understand why after seeing a few photos.
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Makes me want to go back right now! I never get enough of the Italian countryside!
It’s impossible, I know!
I was in Picinisco this summer . A former pupils parents invited us to stay at their hotel ‘Sotto le Stelle’ which was wonderful . It’s not a place we would ever have considered for a holiday before but we had a wonderful time and we visited san Donato and MonteCassino . The number of Scots Italians who originated from this little village is incredible. We had a great time . On another note , I used your sticky toffee pudding recipe. OMG it was amazing !!! What a baker I am 😂😂😂. Everyone loved it . Thanks Christina . Good luck on your future travels . X
How wonderful, Anne Marie! I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been to this little corner of Italy! I agree, the number of ex-Piciniscans in Scotland is amazing!
Love that you made the STP, too! Fantastic! Thank you for letting me know! :)
Before we rented a car in the Czech Republic, I would never thought to have done it. Now I’m sold. So much faster to get from place to place. I like how you can get off the beaten path and explore at your own pace. Auto Europe seems like an easy to work with company. Those photos look like postcards!
What a fabulous road trip. Everything is so gorgeous. I felt like I was there with you. Thank you.
We have driven in Italy a lot and love getting “lost” on the windy back roads. Looks like a beautiful way to spend a day.
Isn’t that the best!? It was a beautiful day out, Andi!
Thank you for sharing. The photos are beautiful and San Donato Val Di Comino looks stunning.
Thank YOU, Marina. I would have loved to spend more time in San Donato Val di Comino. I’ll just have to go back.