In our world, nothing says summer like a classic road trip, bonding passengers and creating lasting memories. In fact, some of our best memories come from driving cars across Europe and the US together with friends and family. We’ve covered a few of them right here on The Journal, most recently our adventures in West Texas which took us all over the Lone Star State.
That’s why we were thrilled to find out that this year, Four Seasons Hotel Milano, Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, and Grand Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat have teamed up to offer En Route to la Dolce Vita, their own luxurious take on the traditional road trip. The exclusive driving package combines classic cars and swanky suites for an unforgettable journey through Italy and France.
A 1961 Giulietta Spider, a Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Cabrio and a Porsche 356 Speedster (made iconic by James Dean) are among the open-top vintage options for the En Route to La Dolce Vita experience, which is being offered from early May.
Each leg of these fully personalisable trips (from €3,240 per day, one way) will involve between five and eight hours on the road, depending on the number of stops and how long is taken lingering over lunch – which the Four Seasons can arrange at hard-to-book restaurants like La Pinède in Cap d’Ail (one of our all-time favourites) for fish, or Manuelina in Genova (which we’re dying to try) for first-rate focaccia.
Itineraries along these sumptuously scenic routes can take in anything from ancient hillside villages in Liguria (check out Airole and Apricale – a short drive from the border) to balsamic vinegar-making classes in Modena, and special picnic baskets prepared by the hotel chefs will be provided for the journeys.
Valet parking and luggage packing are also included, and for peace of mind a “chase car” is laid on in case there’s a need for mechanical support or directions (there’s also the option of travelling in this modern car at any stage, should guests for some weird reason ever tire of the wind in their hair or too much Mediterranean sun).