24th to 30th April
Having fled the bad weather, we really enjoyed the glory that is Venice, we decided as the weather in northern Italy was good we would take advantage. This is to us what gives motorhome life its real edge, the ability to change your mind and just swan about, seeing new places and having new adventures. At the same time realising, as I write this in five weeks we will have finished this adventure. The end is nigh so we intensify the trip!
Now more than ever, every day counts, and we still have so much to see and do before then. We left Venice and
consulting out Camper Contact app found a cheap Aire in the UNESCO city of Vicenza it was approximately a fifteen minute walk to the heart of the town. As you all may know by now Elddis set us a challenge to visit as many UNESCO sites as possible on the route home, in Italy this is not very hard. This town is famous for its Palladian buildings all designed by a local architect called you guessed it Mr Palladio. This style was copied all over the world even our hometown Greenwich has a Palladian building in the ‘Queens House’. So enough UNESCO, the town itself was very accessible and a day or two to see its glories would be enough. We were unlucky in that the Rotunda was closed on the day we decided to go and have a look.
We were lucky enough to meet a fellow traveller who sat and chatted over an Aperol Spritz with us as we watched the locals have their ‘Passeggiata’ an evening walk wearing all their finery. Mary was a wealth of knowledge, and we enjoyed whiling away the time, sharing stories and watching the world go by.
The next day it was back on the road to enjoy one of our major loves, wine tasting! We stopped at a most amazing Aire only €5 a night with electric and Wi-Fi all less then a five minute walk from the centre of charming walled town of Soave. Here the bars serve the locally produced Soave, whites and the luscious Valpolicella reds at great value prices. We were lucky that the young ladies at the two vineyards we visited in the town were enamoured with London so we had a
very good tasting session. As we were parked for the night all good. To all of you lovely motorhomers out there the Aire is great the town is lovely stop off. That said get on site early before 2.00 pm as it fills up.
The next morning with clear heads we set off for Verona of Romeo and Juliet fame and yes another UNESCO world heritage site. We have been asked many times about security and are Aires safe? Verona presented a problem in that the Aire we had picked again a ten to fifteen minute walk to the centre of town had a string of very bad reviews, all of them speaking of break-ins to vans on the site. So we were thinking of giving it a miss, we then noticed one from lovely people we had met in Spain Kath & James, their blog is well worth a read here Their review was very positive so we reread all
the bad ones, they were grouped together over three days. This went to show that yes you can be robbed, but if your luck is out it is out all of the vans were robbed on one day. So with trepidation we set off, the Aire was like most with many cameras covering the site and it was nearly full. We parked up and visited the town, this we would love to visit during the Opera festival and taking an opera. The town is lovely but was crowded and we were getting museumed out again. More gelato was tried and it is so good here, but time again to get back to nature
and relax a bit. What I am trying to say here is read the reviews, but do not be dominated by them. If you get robbed you will write a bad review on the other hand, if nothing happens, you probably will not. Now we are now attempting to review all the sites we stayed at, not only on the blog but on Camper Contact, Park4night and ACSI. If you like a place, please you too write a review it helps all of us who love to travel. End of rant!
We are really getting into the swing of Italy now and love the food and the people, even if the driving is a little mental. We set off again for the lakes and one in particular a favourite of my dad, Lake Garda. We picked an ACSI campsite for its size as well as its ratings we wanted something small near cycle routes, as we have not done much for a while. La Palme fitted the bill to a tee, compact and good ratings. We have been here for four nights and have had two days of rain, Ahhhhh, but we have had two lovely days too for the Bank Holiday weekend. Where did all these people come
from?? On Wednesday, the site was virtually empty and tonight as I write this, it is full, and they mostly seem to come from Germany. The lake is idyllic, and there is so much to see and do in the area. From walking, cycling, boating, there are theme parks, it really is great fun. We have cycled north and south in fact managing to clock up over 70kms over the four days plus many lovely walks. There are so many birds in the area, the cacophony of sound from them at all hours never ceases to give pleasure. We have seen swan chicks in the nest and duck sitting on their eggs the circle of life never stops.
The setting is magic and the gelato is top notch, speaking of which my gelato challenge has been going well. So many flavours tested on your behalf. The coconut and passion fruit today were really lip smacking, but Chocolate seems to always draw me back.
This has however created a new issue for me, In Spain every pharmacy had a weighing scale, we have not seen any in Italy until today. Very, very bad news my gelato challenge has added more weight to my already stocky frame and sadly am now 2 kilos heavier then when we left the UK.
So the diet starts now, oh dear so that means that as long as we are in Italy it is straight to dessert, gelato first in my view. We hope you guys all had a great Bank Holiday wherever you are.
Our Route This week