An Italian Road Trip, in Pictures

August 13th, 2012 · Tags: Italy · Puglia

On Friday, I took a little road trip down to Puglia.

I thought I’d document what happened once an hour to give you a sense of the trip, with my mobile phone (I’m hoping to get a new one with an awesome camera soon). Hope you enjoy!


We’d already been awake for some time, and on the road for a bit. This was our first important stop, at Italy’s ever-present Autogrills, for coffee. You can see the crumbs from other customers’ brioche/cornetti at my feet. Really needed that.


We’re officially no longer driving in the dark. The sunrise peeks over one of my favorite overpasses outside Reggio Emilia.


First gas-up. We have a car which runs on propane, and we have a small tank and have to stop more often. The sun is shining and all of the early morning freshness is now gone. It’s 23C (74F).


Breakfast. A few handfuls of pistachios followed this banana. Do you pack food when you travel or road trip? I do. I used to love buying food at the stops but now I enjoy shopping before and having good snacks on hand. Don’t you love the sunray on this heavenly banana?


Almost halfway through! Now we’re in Le Marche, a region I love driving through. I believe we’re near Loreto at this point.


I fuel up with a Pocket Espresso to Go – the savior of all Italian drivers (picture not taken while driving).


Last gas-up. I get mesmerized by the brightness and the colors of the gas station. Enjoy a little Autogrill still life. Like the last .1 miles of the half-marathon I ran last month, the last hours seem the hardest. Maybe I’m a little sleep-deprived at this point.


Almost there. Just a kilometer or so away is the sea. I’m back to being a passenger.


Arrival and immediate devouring of homemade lunch – melanzane ripieni, stuffed eggplant (not exactly like the stuffed eggplant on this site), a little mozzarella di bufala, mozzarella made with buffalo milk, fiori di zucca, homemade fried zucchini blossoms, and green beans with garlic and mint.


Fight post-lunch slump with another coffee, and it’s time to work, too. WordPress image editor in the background – yeah!


I look up to finally admire my view from my temporary office. It’s 33C (91F) out but there’s a great breeze and I’m in the shade, so it’s perfect.

Much, much later pm.

I finish working and call it a night.

Do you road trip? Can you stand long hours driving or sitting in a car? Have a favorite playlist or music you listen to while on the road? 

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  • 1
    Joan Nova // Aug 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I hope you’ll be posting more photos from Puglia as I’m planning a trip there.

    I like to pack some healthy snacks for road trips but leave the option open for a good ‘find’ along the way.

  • 2
    Susan Van Allen // Aug 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Loving coming along with you on this road trip! The Autogrill still charms me and I love stopping there for caffe along the way–and I get a kick out of shopping there–so different from USA. You can pick up Parmigiano and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a far cry from what’s on the shelves as I drive up The 5 in California!

  • 3
    rinaz // Aug 13, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Long road trips aren’t one of my favorite thing to do … I hate being cramped in one space for an extended amount of time :\

  • 4
    Amy // Aug 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Cute shoes! Love road trips and enjoyed your hourly check-ins!

  • 5
    Ms. Adventures in Italy // Aug 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    @Joan – I definitely am. I’m taking some new ones but I have a rather large backlog as well :)

    @Susan – sooo many things there. I should have taken some more time to document my finds with the camera but we were in a hurry.

    @rinaz – it’s definitely not for everyone – I grew up with very long car rides so I guess I’m used to them now.

    @Amy – thanks!

  • 6
    Amanda // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    We went on a 3-week road trip from eastern Switzerland to Sicily with plenty of stops along the way. We thought it was the best way to see Italy! On the playlist: The Mars Volta, Rage Against the Machine, and Electric Six!

  • 7
    Ms. Adventures in Italy // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:54 am

    @Amanda – nice! I haven’t heard of two of those groups :) That’s going to be an epic trip.

  • 8
    Arlene Gibbs Décor // Sep 3, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I LOVE road trips. I don’t have a car but once I do, I plan to take a lot of trips.

    Last year I drove from Rome to Acqui Terme (well, I was molto stupido to rent a stick but I digress).

    Music is a big deal and of course I had to together a playlist which included: Amy Winehouse (first CD Frank), Jamairoquai, Bob Marley, The Police, Beethoven, Stevie Wonder and Coltrane, and the Spice Girls.

  • 9
    Matilde Busana // Sep 6, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Hi, loved your trip and all the descriptions and photos.

    Was wondering about the one in Le Marche – was that near Loreto Aprutino? If so it is in Abruzzo I think – another beautiful region to explore.

  • 10
    Nadine @ Goowai // Oct 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I love road trips, what I really enjoy about it is you got to stop on some place where you can get a snack or whatever while loading your tank. And while on the road I love listening to acoustic mellow music.

  • 11
    Malcolm // Apr 6, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Hello: I have been listening to the Eye on Italy podcast which seems to have disappeared. Can you enlighten me on what has happened.
    I am interested in Travel to Italy with my wife early this summer – perhaps to the south and am looking for ideas.

  • 12
    Ms. Adventures in Italy // Apr 9, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    @Malcolm – Thanks for commenting! We had to take a break for a while (we all have busy schedules & had to dedicate a bit more time to things that pay the bills) but I don’t think it’s gone forever. It may resurrect soon!

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