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Ahhh, Venice: Molto Bene!

A city known for its abundant history and ravishing looks, Venice can sometimes feel as though every crumbling building, atmospheric alleyway and sun drenched square has been photographed, sketched, swooned over and yes, “sighed” over by a never ending line of culture seeking travelers. So, how does one go about the daunting task of creating a one of a kind itinerary for a city that is always teeming with tourists? Our advice: dbridge of sighson’t over think it and rest assured that there are still a few hidden gems left to be discovered in this vastly explored city.

Spend some time making memories of your own; attend a soccer match, take a cooking class, participate in a festival, belly up to the bar and have a beer with the locals–you get the point. There are countless ways to experience Venice in a unique way and an array of bridges, canals, backstreets and shops that hurried travelers never see. The important thing is that you live in the moment, appreciate your surroundings and enjoy the time you are spending with your travel companions. Quirkiness aside, it isn’t wise to completely neglect visiting every site of cultural significance just for the sake of being different, so here are a few (slightly clichéd) must sees:

Basilica di San Marco

Basilica di San Marco

Just because you’re not the first to experience something, doesn’t make it any less spectacular. After all, creating Venice’s iconic architectural treasure took nearly 800 years of painstaking labor, a band of creative Venetian merchants and one saintly barrel of lard; the least you could do is make an appearance.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection

View of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection from the Grand Canal

View of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection from the Grand Canal

Housed in the famous Heiresses’ former estate is an impressive assortment of creative works that are collectively considered to be one of the most important museums in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century. Boasting pieces by Picasso, Dali and Duchamp, Peggy’s home became a modernist reliquary chronicling surrealism, Italian futurism and abstract expressionism, with a hint of Peggy’s romantic pursuits, as the collection also includes works by ex-husband Max Ernst and Jackson Pollock, who was is on the list of Peggy’s rumored lovers.

Live Performance at the Teatro la Fenice

 

Teatro La Fenice

Is there anything more authentically Italian than a night at the opera? Well, maybe, but we guarantee you’ll be impressed by this landmark. One of Italy’s oldest Opera houses, The Teatro La Fenice provides visitors with the ability to enjoy plush seating in a lavish environment while being captivated by the remarkable talents of performers from around the world.

Lastly, go ahead and take that gondola ride with your own accordion player and bottle of Prosecco—you know you want to, and we promise we won’t tell! If you happen to be planning an extended stay in Italy and are up for seeing more than just the sinking city of Venice, consider renting a reasonably priced car with Kemwel and continuing your journey to Milan.


France Driving Tips: Burgundy Region

I can think of no better way to travel while on a vacation in France than to be free of the scheduling and restrictions imposed by public transportation. Whether you’ve elected to be the driver, or are comfortably situated in the passenger seat, a driving tour with a Kemwel car rental is the most versatile way to see France.

With that in mind, one of my favorite journeys to recommend is through the Province of Burgundy, which begins about 300 km (240 miles) southeast of Paris.

Before you begin your journey, however, it will help you to have a quick refresh on the types of road signs in France that you’ll run into.

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A car rental is the most versatile way to see France!

Road Signs to Look Out For

Luckily, most road signs throughout the European Union have been standardized with the small exception of different countries using different fonts on signs. So, generally speaking, these tips are more widely applicable than you might think!

Warning signs in France are indicated by a red border and white background with the exception of a yellow background being used for construction zones. The signs are generally triangular in shape, and often contain easy to understand graphics as an indication of what drivers should be alert for (trains, barriers, bumps, crossroads and so on).

“Prohibited” moves are indicated by circular white signs with a red border. These will advise you on where you are not allowed to turn, or forbidden modes of road transport like bicycles or horse carriages.

White text on blue background is an indication you are on a motorway whereas white on green are used for primary roads. Secondary roads post signs of white text on black backgrounds.

The red octagon is almost universally the “Stop” signal, and the same holds true for France.

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Learn about road signs in France before you leave with your car rental.

Driving in Burgundy

Now that you have mastered the signage, hit the road in one of France’s most glorious wine and gastronomy areas, Burgundy. Burgundy’s capital city of Dijon contains one of Europe’s most well preserved city centers, with medieval streets full of quaint shops and delightful cafes. Famous for its mustard production, Dijon is also a center for cassis, a special French liquor made from black currants. Famous Burgundy wines can be sampled and shipped from many different outlets in the city.

It’s not a long trip when you head south from Dijon and drive to the town of Beaune, but you’ll want to take your time and pay attention to the road signs in France, as you’ll pass through five main grape/wine areas en route. The scenic road over rolling hills covered with ancient vines will take you by some of France’s most famous vineyards and wine producers, and it is worth a stop at one or more for an education and tastings. The reputation of the vintners, the quality of the grapes, and the fact that vintages are produced in very small batches annually make wines from Burgundy some of the most coveted in the world.

Don’t forget to eat while driving in France, Burgundy is famous for great cheeses, beef burgundy, coq au vin and many other regional specialties. Burgundy’s geographical location is ideal for all manner of Continental cuisines, with opulent meat stews marinated in local wines, accented with local vegetables, legumes and fabulous fungi make every meal a delightful adventure.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the examples of stunning architecture of the chateau’s and castles in the Burgundy region. Make sure you carve out at least a little time to explore the confines and grounds of these exceptional edifices, in between your rounds of vineyard visitations and gastronomic travels.

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A castle in Semur en Auxois, in Burgundy.

Choosing Your Car Rental Style
There are a variety of transportation choices for you to select from when planning your driving tour of Burgundy, relative to your budget and needs. If your traveling in France for twenty one days or more, a Peugeot short-term lease will likely be the most affordable option. There are also stylish supercars and luxury vehicles to choose from if a more traditional car category seems to mundane.

With Kemwel’s fast and simple car rental confirmation system you can book online quickly and efficiently. If you have questions at any point during the rental car process, contact he professional staff of Kemwel toll-free at 1-877-820-0668

I hope you enjoy your driving tour of this most unique part of France!


Scenic Driving in Italy: Costeria Amalfitana

Treat yourself to an extended vacation and discover the remarkable country of Italy as you never imagined from all the glossy-paged guidebooks and magazines—the welcoming congeniality of its people and intriguing culture, with a backdrop of incomparable eye-catching edifices and lush landscapes. In no time at all, you’ll see why Italy deserves more than a seven-day, fast-track perusal and be glad you chose a short-term car rental with Kemwel.

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Get ready for a glimpse of what is arguably one of Italy’s most photographed, picturesque driving routes, the Costeria Amalfitana, also known as the “Amalfi Drive.” The Amalfi coastline driving route is located south from Sorrento and is known as one of Europe’s most exceptional scenic drives. It may seem initially to be Italy’s shortest favored road trip, but it is so full of breathtaking scenery and delightful towns, the irresistible temptation of frequent en-route stops will pleasantly prolong your journey. To travel Italy hassle-free, and at your own pace, begin your preparations by selecting the car rental category which is the best suited to your driving needs.

Begin your road trip from Sorrento, joining the Amalfi coastal road. Travel breathtaking and lofty bluffs, along streets lined with homes painted in colorful pastels. Navigate intertwining hillsides and paths that meander down to golden beaches hugged by a sea reminiscent of deep blue jewels. Visit olive and citrus groves, basking in the fragrance of these Mediterranean gardens. You will love the ease of driving in Italy in a factory-new Peugeot along the Amalfi Coast which allows you to explore leisurely and become more casually acquainted with communities you’re touring.

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As your road trip continues, explore the dramatic landscape of Positano. The town appears on the horizon with stacked houses seeming to tumble like a cascading waterfall in sun bleached colors of peach, pink and terracotta toward the rich cobalt sea. Positano lives up to its reputation as a picture-perfect destination. Steep streets and wisteria-draped hotels aligning steps with fashionable restaurants, and elegant boutiques vie for attention – attractive options for travelers. A random factoid, from Positano’s long flirtation with fashion, is that it was the first town in Italy that imported bikinis from France.

On your arrival in Amalfi, you’ll glimpse the city’s majestic 9th Century cathedral. Carefully navigate the narrow roadways and be sure to give yourself time to visit the cathedrals interior as well as Amalfi’s abundant shops and coffee houses. Later, move on to dine in Scala, overlooking the old-world town of Ravello and Amalfi’s coast. The manicured gardens of Ravello’s Villa Rufolo are just one of the points of interest worth exploring. In Castellammare, move through cultural exhibits of fascinating architecture and engaging works of art from artists such as Giuseppe Bonito and Nunzio Rossi. Thermal bath spas offer a few moments of relaxation and contemplation of your journey so far – you can find them in the Thermal Centre.

costeria amalfitana, amalfi coast, italy, ravelloA Costeria Amalfitana road trip is the type of adventure that’s worth repeating, but that will have to wait for another vacation, because Italy offers many exciting road trips in your Peugeot car rental you don’t want to miss! Create your own up close and personal itinerary to explore more of this historic nation with a factory-new Peugeot from Kemwel. The Rome Fiumicino Airport is the most obvious choice for pick up. Contact a Peugeot reservation specialist at 1-877-820-0668 or better yet, use our online Peugeot reservation system!


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