Hi all,

My wife and I will be driving to Italy (Venice area) in June for the very first time and will start our journey using the overnight Hull - Zeebrugge ferry.

We plan to spend two further nights on our outward journey and are thinking of one night somewhere in Germany before dropping down to the Bolzano region of Northern Italy for our final night before arriving in the Venice area.

Do any members have any experience of this route and if so could you please recommend a good place to stay in Germany?

Also when we return home we are considering spending only one night in a hotel before we board the ferry from Zeebrugge, but we're a little concerned that the distance may be too much. If you were doing this where is a good place to stay between Venice and Zeebrugge, hopefully leaving a reasonably short final leg to Zeebrugge the following day?

Hoping somebody can help us and looking forward to your suggestions.