Quattro Scogli campsite, Capo VaticanoMarch 18, 2017 in Italy ⋅
After 50km of tricky driving, Will pulled up at a
car park at the cape of Vaticano on the Tropea Promontory, a bulge on Italy's west coast. We'd read it was a beautiful area and it didn't let us down. A pale sandy crescent cradled a bay of emerald and blue water as it curved round to a rocky cliff, covered in a smorgasbord of green vegetation. There was a campsite adjacent to the car park and as it had a view and access to the beach, we decided to stay. We needed to take the canoe off in order to fit under the frame covering the camping area that we presume is covered with shades in the summer.
Vicky spent the afternoon chilling outside the van in the warm sunshine with Poppy while Will went snorkeling in the bay. By the time he'd finished his second session, the facilities, including a set of beautifully tiled clothes washing sinks, had been cleaned up for us and he was able to have a solar shower outdoors.
We had decided to stay 3 nights but there were no shops nearby and we were running low on fruit. We needn't have worried because the next morning the campsite owner (who later wandered over in his dressing gown) had been picking and had left a dozen oranges and three lemons on our picnic table!
We spent the next few days snorkeling and swimming in the exceptionally clear sea. Sunlight shone down through the water, the waves causing shadows to ripple over the sand, us and the rocks. Despite seeing an incredible number of fish, Will's efforts to catch them were, as ever, unsuccessful. He did however successfully replace the handlebars, brakes and gears on our ageing tandem. It had been getting difficult to ride and we had considered buying a new one, but the frame is still good and with the advantage of spare time we decided Will would have a go at renovating it instead. Vicky spent time cleaning and removing the scratches on the van's bumper from our two recent collisions.
Poppy loved laying outside in the warmth of the sun, but at an elderly 14 years, even this tires her and needs to be done in moderation. She took a bad turn on our final evening, something went wrong with her back legs and they became shaky and weak, making it very difficult to stand or walk. By morning she was beginning to adapt to the change but was still falling frequently. We really hope she improves with rest.
Quattro Scogli was the sort of place we could happily stay for weeks and we very much enjoyed our time there. The owner was nowhere to be seen on our last morning, so when we had packed up and done all we needed to, we left the €45 payment in a little handmade earthenware pot on the table outside his caravan.Read more