Am planning a European jaunt too later this year - just to South of France though, so not quite as far as you. Not done a trip like that for many years, in fact last time to South of France was in a k reg 1.3 Polo, non stop, which put me off for a long time. How are you crossing, train or boat? What sort of mileage do you intend to cover in a day? Good to get some ideas as hoping to make this time much more pleasurable. Being in a gtv might help!
As we live in the North we are driving to 100 miles or so to Hull and getting the overnight ferry to Zeebrugge. We arrive early morning which gives us a full day to get through Belgium, Luxemburg, France and into Germany, we are staying at a place called Steinach which is in the Black Forest just over the Rhine from Strasbourg, its 375 miles so its a fairly easy day. We will arrive at Lake Garda towards the end of the next day - its an easy trip over 2 days. We love driving on the continent it is so easy and Switzerland is amazing the scenery is eye popping. We tend to pre-book our stops we have never had a bad one yet, strange but not bad
We went to the Sth of France last year, in a MX5, we used a mixture of N roads and toll free autoroutes, it makes for slower progress but that suits us, we had two stopovers on our way to Perpignan. We had one stopover at Nevers, on the return leg but used the free autoroute that goes over the Massif Central, stunning scenery, and the Millieu Bridge (toll 5 euros for the bridge but worth it).
The trip sounds fantastic. I've been to Italy twice, the second time with an MX-5 owner that insisted on having a dip in Lake Garda on the drive back from there to the airport at Pisa in the rental Punto. An X1/9 passed us between Pisa and Florence, and a 164 flashed me out of the fast lane between Florence and Venice with that range of mountains on the left.
Envy or jealously would be the wrong word, more smiling admiration.
I wish you all the best for the trip and look forward to seeing the photos.
Thanks for your good wishes we are looking forward to it; the great thing about motoring holidays especially in an Alfa is that to travel is better than to arrive.