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A similar thing happened in France on a campsite we were on
The tent was slit and all valuables removed
MHomes were not targeted though
How was the dog drugged Viv ??
Originally Posted by jiwawa View Post
This was one of the genuine ones, and very professionally done too. So the warning stands.
Originally Posted by HermanHymer View Post
The plastic chair ladies are also busy in Spain. I thought they were waiting for the bus! Plenty of them in Paris too!
Italy has a totally unique atmosphere. But one hazard to be wary of is the shocking pushy drivers. They don't mind 'modified' vehicles. One ripped his bumper off by challenging the Bumparossa for merging lanes in Rome. Silly man!
On the subject of break-ins, a couple of years ago there was a mass break-in 10 vans at the campsite in Amboise during the June music festival. M. le Flic, said they come through every year and are well gone eastwards before anyone wakes up. Talented bunch.
We've toured extensively in Italy for many years, its our favourite destination and we normally travel before and after the main season now. In the past we had to endure high season, with crowded campsites and very busy attractions. Now in the shoulder seasons campsites and sostas are much quieter and visitor attractions are much quieter.
We've preferred to do the Big Cities on a fly drive w/e in Nov or March when it is really quiet and we can stay in the heart of the city.
We started our touring in the Dolomites and the northern lakes and return regularly to our favourite spots, but they're all getting busier at what ever time of year. Cavallino across the lagoon from Venice can be a relaxing place with the opportunity to spend a couple of days in Venice by boat with all day tickets but a plan is needed for each day.
Touring just south of Venice through Padua, Ravenna, Perugia, Assissi, Montepulciano Siena, and back north to the lakes before heading home is wonderful countryside with marvellous old towns and the birth of the renaissance. Yes there can be too many churches, frescoes and paintings but there's always somewhere to unwind and relax.
We've never felt threatened, just like here or in France if we don't like the look of the place we move on there's always somewhere else and you find find some absolute gems like the town of Sulmona (the home of confetti, almonds covered in sugar paste).
We hope to be back in Sicily in May and June ( depends on hospital appointments).
Yes the roads can be awful but the motorway tolls are cheap cf France, but we're on holiday and not rushing, and just go with the flow with the driving, and don't get get bullied. There are two shocks in Italy, firstly rubbish and dilapidation, which gets worse as you head south and secondly "ladies of the night" (but day here) sat on plastic chairs by the side of roads in the middle of nowhere, but usually on obvious trucking routes.
So Italy is great, noisy, can be busy but great food and wine, enjoy
alan & sue
Italy is our favourite country too, we've spent 6 months there in 4 trips over the last 4 years. Probably going to the south this October/November as well.
Just found a nice little sosta in Piedmont at Prato Nevoso, you can see the vans just below my head. (ignore the date stamp - new gadget!)
We loved Italy
Spent two months there not a hint of a problem
Now I know we have the hound from hell so safe at night IF any problem arises , but never a muff all night from him
We enjoyed Venice even working around the Hell hound by getting 24 hr tickets , one evening visit one morning one
Rome was great stayed on a campsite that had a shuttle service to the metro, the ticket covered any transport for the day
Assisi we loved again a shuttle bus from the campsite
Piza we stayed free on the carpark, but I'm not sure you can now
We stayed on sostas , wilded , campsites
I really struggle to understand why one van would be targeted so many times
We take Shadow out out and leave the van unoccupied , never a problem
Italy is great
Originally Posted by Glandwr View Post
Never given security a thought - except when we had a banging noise at 0200 - not raiders, or Police, just Truma heater
Originally Posted by Webby1 View Post
Originally Posted by Webby1 View Post
Also, we wildcamped near the top of Vesuvius if we're name dropping volcanoes!
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