The last of Italy
Trip Start Apr 13, 2010
28Trip End Sep 11, 2010
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25 April marks a significant day in Italy as it was when the Nazi occupation ended in northern Italy. That explained why the square near the tower was filled with almost 100 of WWII (World War 2) American and European army vehicles. There must be a historic army club as all the Italians had on the replica uniform down to the replica guns and communications equipment
After Pisa we headed to Siena. Our GPS ended up taking us on the scenic route, which ended up working in our favor. The Tuscan country side is beautiful. We stumbled upon and stopped in for a walk through 14th century castle Civitella Marittima just outside of Siena. Anyway, we made it to Siena and set up camp. We ventured into town for the evening to find some beer, which in the end was a success. The next day we bussed it back into town to check out the sites and ate the local sweet Panforte. For me, apart from Cinque Terre, (the 5 towns) Siena has been the the pick of the Italian towns/cities that we've visited on the trip so far.
We made it to Venice (26 April) after a few hours drive from Siena. The freeways/motorways over here make driving long distances painless. The road tolls stung us again. We found a camp site just over the lagoon from Venice. We ended up being at the camp site the same time as a contiki tour. We took the boat across into Venice the next day. We spent most of the day walking the streets, getting cornered by canals, eating probably the best gelati we've found so far and ate the most delicious "naples" bread (like bruschetta on steriods) and washed it down with a local beer. We toured through the overwhelming Basilica di San Marc, the mozaic artwork is outstanding. We resisted the temptation for a ride on a gondola. At almost 80 euro it didn't really fit our budget. There were about 4, 5 piece bands playing in Piazza San Marco. 5 pieces though in Italy means a piano, violin, double bass, clarinet and piano accordion - very cool sounding. We came back that night and had a few more beers and partied with the contiki people for the night at the bar at the caravan park.
So now our time in Italy is over. Next we head to Slovenia.