Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Italia!

Well, yes, many of you were right, we went to Italy! It was wonderful...
We started off just over the French border, in Pietra Ligure, which is a fairly standard seaside town but just what our sea-starved British souls needed:
We were getting very good vibes about Italian campsites, which seemed cheerful, shady and relatively quiet. Our next stop, in Siena (close to Florence - well done, guessers!) was an incredible campsite actually within the medieval city. We visited the sites by day (too hot) and then by night (wonderful).
On to Rome, where another city campsite on the banks of the Tiber was calm and relaxing - and much appreciated as we visited Rome:
Pompeii:

and the particularly wonderful Herculaneum:

Exhausted by a lot of walking and driving (these sites aren't near each other!) we headed off to the Apennine mountains near the Adriatic sea. Our final campsite was a tiny one in an olive grove, full of very friendly Dutch people:
It's where we got to make (and eat) pizzas with the local pizza chef!
It was a wonderful three-week holiday, made very easy by great campsites, a GPS system and good-natured family members. One of my French trainees asked me: 'Was everyone happy, all of the time?' and the answer is, of course not! We just worked on the theory that everyone would have their off moments and that this wouldn't matter. It didn't. We will be travelling like this again!

15 comments:

Fiona said...

Looks like a good holiday

VintageVicki said...

Sounds brilliant - loving the look of the last campsite :)

Wonder if Bertie could cope with a drive across Europe?

Lyn said...

looks wonderful, a hot time to be in Italy!
xxx

Elizabethd said...

Sounds wonderful, Floss, so glad you had a relaxing and interesting time.

Jane and Chris said...

I'm sure you have memories to treasure.
Jane x

Lola Nova said...

Oh that sounds wonderful! We have a short camping jaunt planned for this weekend and I am so looking forward to it! Of course Italy would be nice too :)

Maria said...

I did think of Italy!
Aww I LoVed Florence and really want to visit Rome, one day soon....
I enjoyed your pictures, Floss as it brings good memories back!!
love Maria x

Pomona said...

Glad you had a good holiday - the sunshine looks lovely!

Pomona x

Sue said...

Sounds like a wonderful fun holiday that will be remembered for a long time.

Pom Pom said...

What a wonderful family holiday, Floss!
You have a fantastic attitude!

Lorrie Orr said...

So glad that you all enjoyed your trip. Camping in those places sounds wonderful!

Nancy McCarroll - Arts, Crafts and Favorites said...

So glad you got to see Italy and had a (mostly) marvelous time! Good for you and now you are relaxed and ready to fight the lions again who happen to come along, as they always seem to do.

Nancy

Lululiz said...

What a fabulous trip! You got to see some amazing places. I am so glad it all went so well.

Healing Woman said...

Your family will never forget that trip. What a wonderful memory!

Fat Dormouse said...

What a lovely, busy time you had...and a great attitude for family holidays. I sometimes worry that everyone should be enjoying things *all*the time and get panicky if they're not. You're much more sensible!