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Moving Germany to Italy - best route?

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We will be moving from Heidelberg, Germany to Pisa, Italy and it appears there are 3 different routes (viamichelin) we could take.

We were thinking of heading south via Freiburg im Brisgau, Lucerne taking the A2 into Italy (Como, Milan) and breaking the +9 hr driving into two days. Unfortunately, we must move during August when a lot of people will be on vacation! I have visions of stacked bumper to bumper campers on the road :(

As we will be driving two separate vehicles (my BMW is getting on in years) and as we will have our feline friend with us, we are not looking for the most scenic route but rather the most direct, easiest route to drive that avoids high passes and lots of hair pin curves if possible, keeping stress to cars and drivers to the minimum.

We have no experience driving through Switzerland but have driven the Rocky Mountains without issue. If you've done this road trip before, which route would you take and where would you break up the drive and overnight? I was thinking stopping for the night after Lucerne, but before the series of tunnels figuring we'd 1) be tired from seeing the household goods off with the movers the day before and 2) get a good rest and EARLY fresh start for mountain driving in the morning. (unless you think that's what all the campers are figuring as well)

Any pet friendly hotels to recommend along your suggested route? All tips/suggestions welcome.

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