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Alternative to tunnels to Italy this Easter

We are heading to Verona on Thursday and obviously the tunnels are going to be a nightmare. Has anyone taken the Innsbruck, Bolzano route and, if so, would you recommend it?

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Re: Alternative to tunnels to Italy this Easter

Every proper road into that direction will be stuffed. You could drive Wednesday night tho.
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Re: Alternative to tunnels to Italy this Easter

a follow-up question as I'll be driving the same direction this Friday but from Basel. How early should one start to get through St. Gotthard smoothly? 4 am? 5 am?
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Re: Alternative to tunnels to Italy this Easter

Two weeks ago.
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Re: Alternative to tunnels to Italy this Easter

Get up comfy at 9am and take the train
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Re: Alternative to tunnels to Italy this Easter

The weather will be better in the north over the weekend. Would traffic just go the opposite direction?
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Re: Alternative to tunnels to Italy this Easter

We've been through the Gd. St. Bernard on numerous occasions, but never had a problem. Maybe that's too far West for you?
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Re: Alternative to tunnels to Italy this Easter

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a follow-up question as I'll be driving the same direction this Friday but from Basel. How early should one start to get through St. Gotthard smoothly? 4 am? 5 am?
https://www.englishforum.ch/transpor...ver-again.html


If you left at 5, you'd probably queue for an hour or so. Factor in a stop for a leak at the last services before the climb up to the queue.

TBH, 4am
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Re: Alternative to tunnels to Italy this Easter

From Zurich I would be avoiding Gottard and going via St Bernardino. Ceteris paribus it takes an extra half hour, but I’d expect to save more than that over Easter.
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Re: Alternative to tunnels to Italy this Easter

Easter is the time to stay home and listen to the traffic news for a giggle.
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Easter is the time to stay home and listen to the traffic news for a giggle.
Especially for those of us who livie in Ticino!

Friday, I'm roasting a goat. At home!

OK, Saturday morning I have to take my sister and her husband to the airport, but that's a whopping five miles, and I know at least four alternative routes that don't involve tunnels!

However, later that day we have to go to Italy to pick up my daughter's new glasses, so we may switch to a bike.

Tom
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Re: Alternative to tunnels to Italy this Easter

Oh dear.
8km queue at 5am
14km queue at 7am
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Re: Alternative to tunnels to Italy this Easter

gmapped it for you:

https://www.google.ch/maps/dir/Z%C3%...!2b1!3e0?hl=en


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Re: Alternative to tunnels to Italy this Easter

From the Suisse-Romande, the recommendation is to take the Gt. St. Bernard Tunnel (I guess the pass is still closed) or the Simplon.
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Re: Alternative to tunnels to Italy this Easter

San Bernardino Pass is my favoured route though you need to happy with the hairpin bends. I've also used the innsbruck / Bolsano route which takes a little longer but is another beautiful drive. Need to check that all the roads are open though.
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Re: Alternative to tunnels to Italy this Easter

Happy to report that the Innsbruck / Bolsano route worked really well for us. A little congested with lorries on Friday morning but still kept up a good speed. Drive back yesterday was clearer and, as has been said, its a beautiful drive! On paper, its longer compared to the tunnels but I think for those leaving from Zurich, its a good option for NE Italy.

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