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Today’s tip from Fodor’s looks at the best driving tours in Italy. They include the Via Aurelia, the Grande Strade delle Dolomiti, and – my favorite – the S222 through Tuscany, also known as the Via Chiantigiana.

I’m certain there are more than just three drives in Italy that will make your jaws drop. Did you know that you can chart your own course, with driving instructions and toll and gas information, on Michelin’s Via Michelin website? Besides providing excellent tips on hotels, restaurants, and travel throughout all of Europe, Via Michelin is a sort-of Mapquest for the continent, doling out info on the quickest, shortest, and most economical driving routes as well as the most scenic.

To test it out a sample “Discovery Route,” I searched for directions from Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano to Piazza San Giovanni in Florence. Okay…perhaps you wouldn’t want to drive right into Firenze’s Duomo (and with traffic patterns the way they are, you probably couldn’t), but this route is interesting, taking a driver along a few highways but also along the old Via Salaria and past the Certosa of Galluzzo outside of Florence.

In short, this is a great tool for a first-time driver in Italy or for someone who wants to check out some of the backroads of the Italian countryside. Do you know any other great driving tools or routes for Italy? If so, please let us know!

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