There’s something refreshing about taking a road trip and not having a pre-determined destination. Just driving for the sheer hell of it and seeing where you end up is so freeing. And that’s exactly what I did when driving from France to Italy with my friend, Laura.
While visiting Laura at her home in Cannes, South of France, I admitted with total embarrassment that I’d never been to Italy (call myself a travel blogger!) and as Cannes is practically on the French-Italian border, Laura suggested we take a little drive over the border to explore Italy for a day.
We set out with no clear intentions for what to see or where to go in Italy, which is often the best way to stumble across awesome places which take you off the beaten track. So, rather than stick to the touristy coastal resorts, we decided instead to drive into the mountains, hoping we would find something interesting.
After driving for about two hours into the Italian mountains, turning down whichever road took our fancy and stopping frequently to admire rustic villages, stunning views and valleys of Mimosa trees, we stumbled upon a beautiful Italian village called Perinaldo.
We spent the next couple of hours wandering around the cobbled streets, peaking into derelict houses and dreaming of owning a rustic farmhouse in a beautiful Italian village, until our daydreams were disturbed by the setting sun. We found a lookout spot to admire the beautiful sunset and set up camp to enjoy the show.
After watching the sunset through the valley, we headed back to the car and drove down to the coast to enjoy pizza and tiramisu – when you’re in Italy, it’s practically a law – before heading home to Cannes!
It’s times like this when you have spent the day, unexpectedly, in a tiny Italian village with one of your best friends, cracking jokes while the sun goes down that you realise how freakin’ awesome life can be!