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Italy Roadtrip

Over the years, it has probably become apparent to most of you that family is everything to me. During my childhood, we moved around a lot. Not just to the next little village or a different city, but to different countries. I was born in Germany, spent my teenage years in California, finished school in the Austrian Alps and ended up in Vienna.
When you move a lot, you don’t have many of those childhood friends that you’ve know since kindergarden. You are always „the new kid“. But you have your family. I hold those many moves partly accountable for how close I am with both my parents and siblings. We have always been an invincible team.

Now, that the kids have turned into adults that work and travel all over the world, family time has become a precious good. My brother has been working and living in Australia for almost a year now, my sister spent most of the past year in Berlin and will join my brother Down Under on October 1st for the rest of the year.

That is why the thought of a week-long family vacation in form of a North Italy Roadtrip was my personal highlight this Summer.


While I am usually the one who does all the planning for travels, this time around Mike was in charge. He planned the entire trip for all of us – including all hotels, foodie spots and the most scenic routes, of course.

We started out the trip with a stop in Zell am See where my parents live. From there, Mike and I headed to Kitzbühel where I had an event to attend before taking off on our family roadtrip.

North Italy Roadtrip Route - Bikinis & PassportsTHE ROUTE: Zell am See – Kitzbühel – Davos – Lugano – Lake Como – Brescia – Lake Garda – Cortina D’Ampezzo

The first official stop, where we joined the others, was Davos in Switzerland. On the way we drove the Flüela Pass and arrived at the Hotel around 7 PM on Sunday. It was only a quick stop and we took off towards warmer weather on Monday after breakfast. Next stop? Lugano! The drive included a stunning road over the San Bernadino Pass (Passo del San Bernardino), tiny mountain villages where we stopped for roadside coffee in the sun.

Since it is almost impossible to find accommodation (for a reasonable price) at Lake Como in August, we decided to stay at Lake Lugano for two nights instead. Lugano is located in Switzerland, however, our hotel was in Campione d’Italia, which belongs to Italy.

Il Sereno Lake Como - Bikinis & Passports
Il Sereno, Lago di Como

Lugano itself is beautiful but small. You definitely don’t need more than a few hours to stroll through the city, grab a bite to eat (preferably gelato down by the water) and possibly do some shopping. Considering it is Switzerland, luxury watch brands are definitely the most prominent there, but we also spotted an incredible concept store called Boutique WHITE.
Due to the fact that our entire family has an abnormally large appreciation for good food, we had some of the most incredible meals ever throughout the trip. For dinner at Lake Como, we dined at La Terrazza at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo and my favorite lunch of the entire trip was at Il Sereno. Aside from the fact that I wanted to move in instantly (the interior of the hotel is to-die-for!!), the food was everything I love about Italy. Great wine, friendly staff and (gluten-free) lobster pasta in the sun, followed by great coffee.

After lunch we explored the little picturesque village of Bellagio a bit before leaving Como…

Amore Amore! La Vita è una Combiniazione de Magia e Pasta. Si?

Amore Amore!

La Vita è una Combiniazione de Magia e Pasta. Si?

Il Sereno Lago di Como: Dressed in the genius of Patricia Urquiola, and with the iconic lake at its feet, Il Sereno is the epitome of elegance and luxury.

After two days by the lake, the next stop was the historic Villa Fenaroli by Brescia. The Villa is a former palace and even though it is not a modern luxury hotel, the atmosphere was simply unparalleled. Even just the long driveway and impressive entrance was worth a sight. Located close to Brescia, we ended up at the coolest restaurant by accident. AREADOCKS is basically a dream come true. Concept store, a courtyard bar with the most stylish Italians, great vino, even better food and loud music. Major love!

The last stop on our route was beautiful Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites. Holy landscape! The drive was one of the most scenic ever, we passed Lake Garda (obligatory stop for gelato) and even though the weather turned once we got further North, we had two blissful spa days in the mountains. We stayed at the Rosapetra Spa Resort, and I have to say it was probably one of the nicest hotel spas I have ever come across. The ideal place to wait for the rain to pass – and I can only imagine how beautiful it must be with snow-covered mountains outside…

Villa Fenaroli Palace Hotel - Bikinis & Passports
Villa Fenaroli Palace Hotel

Ristorante Area Docks Brescia, Italy - Bikinis & Passports Ristorante Area Docks Brescia, Italy - Bikinis & Passports Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy Dolomites - Bikinis & Passports


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  • Sallida
    7 years ago

    What lovely trip! I have been in Lugano and is one of my favorites cities… so small and so beautiful with the Italian flair everywhere…

    I just love it!

  • 7 years ago

    wow, wie wunderwunderschön sind die fotos bitte?! 🙂 ich hab jetzt lust, genau den gleichen roadtrip zu machen! und dein neues blogdesign ist echt gelungen 🙂

  • 7 years ago

    wow das schaut ja nach einer tollen reise aus 🙂 ich bin auch voll der familienmensch – aber wie du sagst – wenn man älter wird ist es oft sehr schwierig alle auf einen ort zu bekommen 🙂
    glg katy

  • 7 years ago

    Woooow, sooo soo schöne Bilder liebe Vicky! Sieht wirklich wunderschön und traumhaft aus! Italien ist sowieso superschön und deine Bilder bestätigen das nur. <3
    Liebe Grüße und schönes Wochenende,

  • 7 years ago

    Wirklich tolle Bilder und ich finde es toll, dass ihr immer noch Familienurlaub alle zusammen macht – obwohl ich auf der Welt verstreut seid.

    xx Julia

  • 7 years ago

    So many absolutely beautiful photos! Italy is such a dream <3

    x Kristjaana

  • 7 years ago

    your picture are so pretty all the time! absolutely love your style! you’re such a natural!

  • 7 years ago

    Oh wow was ein toller Beitrag und vor allem was für schöne Fotos.
    Ich wünsche dir einen schönen Sonntag.

    Liebe Grüße Lisa <3

  • Sophie
    7 years ago

    Just one word: stunning!

  • 7 years ago

    I remember seeing the Rosapetra in you IG stories! That’s the hotel where we spend a mandatory spa weekend before Christmas every year and it’s kind of our secret spot. I was so surprised when I saw you were staying there!
    Cortina is our happy place, it’s simply gorgeous!

    • VICKY
      7 years ago

      Ahh what a coincidence. To be completely honest, for this trip Mike did EVERYTHING. He researched and picked all of the hotels, restaurants and even stops along the way. It was so nice not to be in charge for once and I adored everywhere we stayed. I can only imagine how beautiful Cortina and the Rosapetra must be with snow outside!!
      xox Vicky

  • Sylvia
    7 years ago

    Wow das sieht nach einen wundervollen Roadtrip aus! Ich finds sehr toll das ihr sowas als Familie zusammen macht..

    Liebe Grüsse
    Sylvia – Fotografie / Reiseblog

  • 7 years ago

    So einen schönen Blogpost hab ich in meinem Leben noch nie gesehen.

    • VICKY
      7 years ago

      Haha you so sweeeeet <3

  • 7 years ago

    Wow, I absolutely love the changes you made to your blog – the structure of the posts, so new and innovative!

    • VICKY
      7 years ago

      Thank you so much – glad to hear you like it!

      xox Vicky

  • 7 years ago

    Traumhafte Bilder. Italien steht definitiv ganz oben auf meiner Reiseliste, wenn ich von meiner Weltreise zurück bin. Auch finde ich es toll, dass du bald nach Australien fliegst. Wie sieht denn deine Reiseroute hier aus? Ich bin selbst auch aktuell in Australien und genieße die Zeit hier sehr.

    Liebe Grüße

    Svenja von

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