So my husband got his leave finalized about a month ago, but we've been changing plans as Corona seems to be spiking everywhere we plan. Our biggest issue is not getting sick - we stay outdoors, distance, mask, everything - but not getting stuck or ending up somewhere that is unenjoyable due to closures. For this reason we are taking a road trip now apparently to Liguria, Italy, as it seems the least risky that's not just staying in Germany. We haven't booked anything but a housesitter yet. Our dates are varied, we want to go for at least 10 but no longer than 13 nights, between 1 - 14 September.
Right our now our general outline is depart Stuttgart, drive 4-5 hours, spend 2 nights somewhere (really, where???) in Switzerland but aiming for under $100/night (I know, I know), then go down to Liguria for 4 nights near Cinque Terra (sights set on Levanto) and 4 nights in a nature-y/small village setting in the hills above the sea and/or Piedmont. Then either drive straight through on the way back or say 1-2 nights somewhere mid-way but not in Switzerland because $$$$$.
-Not driving more than 4-5 hours per day every few days, the less stops the better
-Being able to just chill somewhere with easy (non-driving) beach access at least for a 4 day stretch
-Love cities and sightseeing, not sure how feasible that is due to restrictions - I am checking news in areas we're traveling to religiously. We're city people but leaning more towards staying in remoter areas this time because...you know.
-Only staying in flats or with access to kitchens in case of bad weather, we do not eat inside in public spaces, period.
I've done to a ton of research and have plenty of lodging options in Liguria. What I'm wondering is where should we base on our way in Switzerland and what's a good idea for the way back? Northern Italian lakes? Should we split our time in Italy between Levanto and somewhere further away? What do y'all think of the area west of Levanto? We have no experience with Italy aside from flying trips to Venice, Rome, and Naples and to be honest, we are a little terrified of driving in Italy. We'd like to minimize stress in that regard (on the plus side, I banged up the side of my car recently and it will need body work so it's not the end of the world if something happens I guess).
Curious for feedback!