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Pesaro and Urbino

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  • Day205

    Fano and the earthquake

    January 17, 2017 in Italy

    Having abandoned our plans in the mountains we headed for the first coastal town with a free stopover; Fano. We had to take the long way round and go back up north to Rimini because only one road was being cleared of snow.

    Fano had a medium sized car park with plenty of grass for Poppy. It was one of the few places that allowed caravans to stay and there were about half a dozen pitched up alongside 5 or so motorhomes and locals' cars.

    The temperature had climbed to 7°C as we'd descended, but strong winds and heavy rain buffeted the van. We breathed a sigh of relief and sat down to lunch, exhausted from the stress of the snowstorm.

    Later that afternoon the rain had stopped and we set off to look round. Poppy needed her annual boosters and we'd seen a vet ambulance parked in our stopover, so had our eyes peeled. Luck was on our side because the first business we came to, just 200m away was a 24hour vets and yes, they could see Poppy! She'd been an angel throughout all the stress of the mountain and was pretty tired now but we weren't going to pass up the opportunity of a vet seeing her, so we walked her round and they took us straight through. Poppy is often anxious at vets but the nurse fell in love with her and gave her so much fuss that she forgot about many of her worries. The only difficulty was the language barrier. All the previous foreign vets we've visited have spoken excellent English, but being so far away from the UK, the vet only spoke a little and Vicky had to use all her linguistic skills to make us understood.

    We decided to stay two nights at Fano so were just relaxing in the van the next morning when it started rocking. Being on wheels we're used to movement from either of us or the dog shifting our weight or the wind blowing us. However none of us was moving and the wind had died down. It felt as if someone was outside pushing the side of the van back and forth. We both looked to the wing mirrors to see if we could see anyone. Not being able to explain it, we decided to ignore it and go for a wander.

    On the sandy beach the wind had whipped the waves up to over 6ft and there were a couple of kite surfers zipping up and down the shoreline making Will jealous. However, the wind chill made it bitterly cold so after watching for a while from the concrete pier, we retreated to the shelter of the walled town, where we found market stalls packing up. We got a chunk of Parmesan from one of these, then went to a bakers for bread, some hollow spaghetti called bucatini, a slice of pizza and the regional desert of Frappe; fried leaves of pastry covered in icing sugar.

    It was only later when we returned to the van and read the UK government alert email saying there had been earthquakes that we realised that's what the rocking we felt earlier must have been! It explained the recently fallen lampost we'd seen in town.
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  • Day326

    Day 327: Urbino

    January 7 in Italy

    Last site for this leg of the trip! In the car at the usual time, heading south-east into the mountains for the hilltop city of Urbino. This site was a flourishing centre of arts and culture during the Renaissance (thanks largely to one particular Duke), and then abruptly became a back-water. But what's interesting is that because of that, it's extremely well preserved. So we had reasonably high hopes on the hour-long drive, despite the heavy mist and fog outside.

    Eventually we arrived and parked in a large parking lot underneath the town walls. Or at least that's what I think they were - it was heavily fogged in and we couldn't really see anything. But we left Schnitzel in the car and headed upstairs into the fortress town (like many Italian cities it has access-controlled central areas for local vehicles only, and heavy fines for non-compliance).

    The two main things to see here were the Ducal Palace, the Cathedral and then the home of Raphael, famous Renaissance artist. We checked out each one in turn, though much of the Ducal palace was given over to an art collection which wasn't super interesting. But there were a couple of interesting rooms, and a Raphael painting similar to the Mona Lisa.

    Had a look around the rest of the streets - it was quite atmospheric with the fog, but also kind of uninspiring as well sadly. It definitely looked like a Renaissance town though - aside from the street lighting and signage it felt very immersive and old. Not much to see at Raphael's birth house other than a plaque and a locked door (it's a museum that was closed on Sundays), so we went for some lunch and then headed back to the car.

    Drove up to an apparently cool looking fortress on the edge of the town, but again we couldn't see anything but fog. Supposedly fog and mist is pretty common here - probably the altitude of the mountains and the warmth of the sea which isn't too far away. Maybe we just got lucky yesterday at San Marino! Drove back home, fairly unimpressed with the site sadly. Though I guess it would've been better with different weather - some of the photos we've seen look great!
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  • Day16

    Zajímalo nás, jaké je moře na druhé straně, tak jsme se na jeden den zastavili v Pesaru. Hotel předčil naše očekávání zejména kvůli výhledu na moře a bazénu, ale moře nás zklamalo - bohužel bylo mělké a špinavé. 👎 Zašli jsme si na fajn večeři do příjemné restaurace C’era una volta, kde místním upečou pizzu i v půlnoci a zase frčeli dál. 😉

  • Day13

    Pesaro

    July 27, 2015 in Italy

    Sista dagen i Kroatien spenderade vi i Split, mestadels med att dricka vatten och försöka förhindra solsting. Kände oss lite medtagna båda två. Vi hann ta ett litet dopp på fullsatt strand, annars höll vi oss mest i skuggan och väntade på att det skulle bli dags för nattfärjan till Italien. Till middag åt vi jättegod ( och jättestor) vegetarisk lasagne. Väl på färjan slog vi till slut läger vid en soffa, som jag fick turen att sova på, medans Joanna slog upp sin säng (sidenpåse) på golvet bredvid. Jag sov helt okej! Det var värre för Joanna..
    Nu är vi framme i Pesaro, Italien för en andra, och sista stranddag!
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  • Day14

    Pesaro

    July 28, 2015 in Italy

    Vi ägnade nästan hela gårdagen till att ligga på stranden och bada i havet. På kvällen gick vi in till centrum för att äta och fixa kuvert och frimärken till mina utbytespapper som stressat mig lite för mycket under resan, för att de inte skulle hinna fram om jag väntade tills jag kom hem. Nu är det skickat dock, och får slappna av från det de sista dagarna i alla fall!
    Vi åt pizza, som var god, på en trevlig restaurang, och gick sedan hem och la oss. När klockan ringde imorse och solen lyste över havet utanför fönstret kände vi att en natt här var för lite, men då vi har planerat och bokat boende för resten av resan var det bara att säga farväl och gå till bussen.
    Så nu sitter vi på ett fullknökat tåg med all vår packning i knät och kan inte röra oss.
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  • Day21

    Am späten Vormittag sind wir dann nach Urbino rüber gefahren und haben dieses mittelalterliche Städtchen angeschaut. Der Dom war wegen Renovierung geschlossen. Der Rest war offen und wir haben die Stadt gründlich besichtigt. Eindrucksvoll. Und voller Leben. Am Domplatz zu sitzen und dem Treiben zuzuschauen. Urlaub pur! Nachmittags noch in ein Dorf gefahren und dort den über Kaskaden stürzenden Fluß angesehen. Auch nicht schlecht. Einkaufen, Essen, Feierabend. Gute Nacht.Read more

  • Day22

    Von Urbino die Küste hoch um bei Padua in Richtung Gebirge abzubiegen. Zunächst durch Rimini im morgendlichen Berufsverkehr. Einfach doll. Dann auf schönen, breiter, guter, langweiliger, gerader Straße in ordentlicher Geschwindigkeit und Hitze zum B+B. Auf schmalen Landzungen, links und rechts vom Meer umgeben. Hat schon was. Immer wieder Mal ein Blick auf die See. Bekannte Ortsschilder aus meiner Kindheit waren Am Straßenrad zu sehen. Casal Borsetti, Belaria, ... KIndheitserinnerungen. Aber eine Bank zum Sitzen haben wir an dieser Hauptstraße nicht gefunden. Letztendlich sind wir in ein Dorf abgebogen und haben dort am Nachmittag zu Mittag gegessen, d.h. wir haben im Park Brotzeit mit warmer Limo und noch wärmerer Salami gemacht. Das B+B war sehr schön und gut eingerichtet. Der Besitzer sprach gut Englisch und war ein cooler Typ. Fuhr mit dem Longboard hin und her und erzählte Geschichten. Z.B. wie er 1985 die Dakar Rallye bei der Abfahrt in Paris gesehen hat. Wir bestellten beim Pizza-Lieferservice weil wir keine Lust mehr hatten uns auf die Mopeds zu setzen. Zwei kalte Bier dazu und der Abend war beendet. Gute Nacht.Read more

  • Day20

    Diesmal hatten wir Glück mit dem Wetter und auch die Strecke war sehr kurz geplant. Wir konnten die Fahrerei genießen und waren am Nachmittag am B+B in den Nähe von Urbino angekommen. Die Besitzerin sprach nur italienisch aber mit Händen und Füßen konnten wir schon klären, dass wir hier zwei Nächten bleiben wollten. Und als sie sah, dass Katja selbst Motorrad fährt, war sie hellauf begeistert. Im Supermarkt des Ortes haben wir unser Abendessen besorgt und da gegenüber eine Eisdiele war, haben wir diesen Teil auch gleich erledigt. Die schwarze Hauskatze hat es dann tatsächlich geschafft, schneller die Zähne in den Hähnchenschlegel von Katjas Abendessen zu schlagen als Katja die Tüte auf dem Tisch schließen konnte. Katze halt. Gute Nacht.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincia di Pesaro e Urbino, Pesaro-Urbino, Pesaro and Urbino, Pesaro y Urbino, Pesaro et Urbino, Pesaro e Urbino

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