6 Irish Spots Perfect For An Eco-Fabulous Italian Road Trip This Year

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With the New Year comes new opportunities.

The chance to discover more, to experience new things, and to broaden your horizons.

Ireland has so much to offer when it comes to travel – more specifically road trips, spontaneous journeys, and discovering gorgeous Italian gems right on your door step.

Beautiful cafés, authentic eateries, and some of the tastiest ethically sourced produce you’ll ever taste, Ireland is just bursting with delicious Italian food and drink, worth making the trip for.

Whether you’re hitting the road for a weekend, or simply planning your next few months of getaways, we’ve teamed up with Fiat to create the perfect eco-fabulous travel guide to suit all of your eating and drinking (and sleeping!) needs.

The all electric Fiat 500e boasts the same distinctive style, with a new electric experience, giving you the opportunity to see more, and do more.

Check out more of our favourite spots, ideal for an eco road trip – or two! – below.

1. For a coffee – Il Caffe Di Napoli, Dublin 2

Start your eco-fabulous Italian trip in the heart of Dublin and pick up a beautiful, authentic coffee.

Westland Row’s Il Caffe Di Napoli has been renowned for its Italian coffee since 2001 – and with good reason too. They source their beans directly from their coffee roaster in Naples, perfecting their unique artisan process of blending.

The cafe also promotes slow movement… not of their food, but of their production line! Their food is good, clean, and fair – meaning that its production doesn’t harm the environment, and it’s fairly priced.

Flat white, anyone?


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2. For light bites – Bottega Toffoli, Dublin 2

Fresh bruschetta, ripened tomatoes, gorgeous olive oil… Italy sure knows how to serve when it comes to small plates.

Make Castle Street’s Bottega Toffoli your next stop in your Fiat for some of the tastiest bread, cheese, meat, and herbs this side of the country.

The restaurant has long been a staple of Dublin’s Italian scene, with food prepared fresh while you wait, and arguably the best pizza in the city. Divine.


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3. For lunch – Opera, Co. Wicklow 

Next, take a spin to Co. Wicklow for a bite to eat in the beautiful bakery and artisan eatery, Opera.

Delicious, authentic Italian food is prepared daily in their kitchen, with all ingredients sourced ethically from Ireland and Italy.

Hand-tied porchetta and traditional Italian pizzas are regular favourites, and if you wanted something a little lighter, why not pick up a pastry from their on-site bakery?

We can smell the fresh dough, already…


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4. For dinner – Emiliano’s, Co Waterford 

Make Waterford city your next stop on this Italian Odyssey, and check out the delectable Emiliano’s.

Located right on the High Street and much loved for its impressive portion sizes and warm ambiance, this restaurant truly is a hidden gem of Irish-Italian origin.

Just make sure you book a table in advance, to avoid disappointment!

5. For a digestif – Bocelli, Co Cork 

Cork might as well be renamed ‘Little Italy’ for its sheer amount of incredible pasta, pizza, and Italian wine bars.

One of our favourites – and one you’ve got to visit on your eco-fabulous trip – is Bocelli Kitchen & Wine Bar.

Stop by for a taste of one of their beautiful wines, or stay for an entire meal! They’ve got the ultimate comfort menu for you to cosy up to this winter.

If you’re the one driving, you can go for a mocktail or an espresso instead – delicious!

6. For staying over – The Europe, Killarney 

Go on, treat yourself – you deserve it.

Finish your eco tour in the 5 star Europe Resort and relax in unparalleled luxury among the scenic Lakes of Killarney.

Most importantly, this hotel also boasts the beautiful in-house Riva restaurant, a stunning hidden gem that uses only local produce, inspired by the uncomplicated style of Italian cooking and nature.

The perfect place to rest your head after a long day of indulgence.

Rediscover your 20-something Joy at Fiat.ie.