Pavullo nel Frignano woodland parkApril 11, 2017 in Italy
We said goodbye to the region of Tuscany and re-entered Emilia Romagna, a region we'd passed through a couple of months previously when making our way down the East side of Italy. The SS12 road treated us to an amazing drive. There was never time to relax as the road was constantly turning this way and that, up and down mountainsides. We were relieved that the surface wasn't too rough and it stayed wide enough to pass other vehicles without needing passing places. Around us, mountains rose up as a young child might draw them, their spiky peaks unbelievably steep. A bright sun shone from behind tree lined ridges that curved smoothly between and joined these feats of nature. Some slopes were highlighted, others were in darkness, having turned their backs to the sun.
Although wild camping is accepted in Italy, we like to use stopovers if places go to the effort of providing them. A disadvantage of doing this is that we often find ourselves in the outskirts of a town, surrounded by concrete. It was therefore with glee that we pulled in to the Pavullo nel Frignano free stopover. It was a woodland picnic area with a gravel car park big enough for roughly 8 vans. It was just the sort of place we like and even provided free electricity! Within the woods there were wild strawberries in flower, primrose, buttercup and cyclamen to name but a few. Jays and Jackdaws flew between the trees and Will spotted a Nuthatch with the binoculars. We even got to observe an Italian Wall Lizard rearing up to divert our attention from its baby, while it scuttled away into the nearest hole.
We stayed two nights and took a wander through the managed forest to the town, where there were more formal gardens planted with patches of blooming tulips. It was a fantasticly refreshing stay.Read more