Italy On A Rickshaw: Our Unforgettable Challenge!
If you’ve been following our journey across Italy you will have seen the incredible adventure we undertook. Bravofly set us the most amazing challenge you could ever imagine, to drive almost 1000km from Milan to the Amalfi Coast – but that’s not all…
The challenge was to do all of this on a rickshaw! Yes, you heard that correctly – a rickshaw, 5 days and 1000km with hand luggage only!
This was an adventure of a lifetime and something so different from what we have experienced before! We can’t wait to share the full story with you over the following weeks – but in the meantime we wanted to recap what our amazing adventure entailed. So fasten your seatbelts, put on your driving gloves and be prepared for our ‘Italy on a rickshaw’ challenge!
We arrived in Milan on Sunday evening and were met by the awesome team at The Gira who explained all the essentials – all over prosecco, of course! The 70km speed limit, the avoidance of highways and the option of lots of fun! Once we got our rickshaw skills up to speed, we were let loose! All we had planned was to be in Amalfi by Friday.
As it was late on Sunday we decided to catch up on some zzzzzz’s and head to explore Milan first thing in the morning. We had a whistle stop tour of Milan, visiting the Duomo and picking up the most amazing espresso we have ever had. After breakfast we decided to head over the mountains towards the coast, just south of Genoa. The mountains were big, the rickshaw was slow, but our spirits were incredibly high! We were able to experience some of the most amazing scenery that Northern Italy has to offer.
After our long drive the day before, we arrived just south of the Cinque Terre – one of our favourite Italian destinations. As soon as we woke we hopped straight on our rickshaw and headed to Manarola and Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre – FYI, the views here are spectacular! It’s easy to see why so many people fall in love with this region. After lunch, we headed further south to Pisa, where we were able to catch a few moments to truly appreciate the beauty of this wonderful city. By 4pm we were on our way to the heartland of Tuscany, about 30km south of Florence – where we stayed in one of the most amazing Agriturismos, Poggio di Gaville. It was truly divine – with the owner, Jamal – the most gracious of hosts, creating what can only be described as the best Italian meal we have eaten in quite a while!
Day three was our ‘big drive day’ – we had about 300km to drive, which took an almighty 11 hours in total! Along the way we decided to call into some of Tuscany’s most precious hilltop villages of Civitella in Val Di Chiana, Montepulciano and the stunning, Orvieto!
Arriving just south of Rome, we decided to get to the Amalfi Coast nice and early. On our way, we decided to take a little dip in the Mediterranean and watch some of Italy’s kite surfers in action! The sea was warm, the sand golden and our skin, sun-kissed! It was a perfect place to chill out and give our little rickshaw a break from the gruelling road trip! By 8pm, we finally arrived on the Amalfi Coast to some homemade pasta, locally produced wines and a view fit for royalty!
Our last day before we head back to London! It was surreal to think we had driven 1000km. It was a true challenge that we would do again and again…But that’s not all! Our last and final stop, en-route to the airport was to the village of Pompeii. Nestled under the glaring watch of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii was destroyed by a volcanic eruption many years ago! This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must visit for anyone visiting Naples or the Amalfi Coast.
It seems like only yesterday that our adventure begun! Words cannot describe how thrilling this experience was. It was a truly unique way to explore Italy. The only thing that makes us sad is that we had to leave our little rickshaw behind. Oh well, hopefully he will remember us fondly and take us on another unforgettable journey soon!