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Trip Start May 14, 2011
16Trip End Jul 12, 2011
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What I did
Rome, the italian highlands, the lakes and through to France.
Camping in Italy is great, in fact it is not at all like camping at home in Tassie. In Italy you have showers, hot water, mini markets, laundry rooms, pools, bars, night clubs, some times wireless internet and always power all for an average of about 20.00 Euros a night ( they will charge per car, per tent and per person). Charges sometimes apply for the wireless and hotwater and things, but camping gave us the freedom to move where we wanted to on a daily whim. Use the local markets and supermarkets (these are huge), sort of a cross between coles and bunning on steriods. We purchased camping stoves, billy, fry pan, Bbq, folding table and chairs and Al's new best mate(a basil plant) from supermarkets. We even found an inverter for the car for about a quarter of the price of at home, so we could recharge the laptop, cameras and my razor. and the scenery you will encounter on your drives between the hundreds of camp sites, will nevver stop to take your breath away. 1 minute you will be driving in low flat and fertile countryside farm land, and the next you are winding your way into the thousands of meters above sea level into the italian alps and the snow (yep snow in summer, and look out for bears) and then down again into the most spectacular pine filled rain forests you will ever see
Park out side of these, and put your walking boots on again. don't, what ever you do drive in these things, not even if your cars GPS system tells you there is a path. You will get stuck. They are rabbit warrens of extremely tightlanes and streets, the laneways and streets of these towns are the size of footpaths at best and most of them are two way streets, and even worse some of them will be patrolled by giant tourist busses (somehow squeezing in). Like giant killer sharks, these things jump out and try to squash you when you least expect it. I am surprised these buses are allowed in, they are deadly. And then there are the scooters. Do some home work, and just pick a few of the castles and fortified cities that you want to see, if you try to see to many, they will all start to look the same, and you might find yourself getting bored. buut the Architechture is great, the locals are mostly friendly and the bakeries (pastiseries) and wineries are to good to be true.
so that is Italy in a nut shell (a small nut shell), the only other advice I can give is, don't do to many museums and tourist sites. You should definately do Pompei (but most of the victims have been moved to other museums), and you should probably try to get to the Egyptian museum in Turin. These are awesome. But if entering a city, either try to park and catch a bus, or be prepared for traffic like you have never seen......Any way it's off to France for us now, so we will catch you on the other side of the border.