Tropea & PizzoMarch 21, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C
After leaving Quattro Scogli (four rocks) campsite we travelled to the town of Tropea. Beautiful sandy beaches and the church of Santa Maria, perched on top of a tall, rocky island, defined the lower part of the settlement. We worked up an appetite climbing the steps to the upper town and found a small restaurant specialising in seafood for lunch.
After a quick dip in the sea for Will, we attempted to leave the town via the one way system. It was quick to take us up the hill, but we were forced to change route due to a low bridge... only to find the secondary route had a bridge signed as only 2.8m. We drove towards the it, looking for a turning point and beginning to wonder how we were supposed to get out, when we realised it looked a lot higher than 2.8m. Vicky leapt out and stood in the middle of the road on the other side of the bridge to give advance warning if Will was going to hit the arch with our 3.6m van. Taking the centre path, no warning was necessary and we were free of the town!
We tried to make some headway up north after this, having lingered longer than planned down south. It had been a hot day and by 5pm there was a strong haze of evaporation above the sea. The first stopover we tried had shut down and been fenced off, but luckily our book had details of a car park suitable for vans in a town called Pizzo, just 20km up the coast. We found a spot next to some grass between the car park for the supermarket and that of the bank. It wasn't the most picturesque or tranquil of locations but we were tired from the difficult drive and very glad to pull up, close the curtains and settle in for the evening.Read more