Montalto MarinaApril 3, 2017 in Italy ⋅
Seeking a bit of nature after the hustle and bustle of Rome, we high tailed it North to Montalto Marina. There was a community of perhaps 30 vans parked up in a spacious grassy field bordered by trees, shrubs and bamboo. The stopover was free until May, at which point it began to charge. Over the quiet road was a plantation of tall pines whose high canopy provided shade and space for a play park and picnic area below. Through the trees was the sleepy town and beyond that, a dark sand beach. We strolled along the sand and took in the refreshing sea air before going back to what we saw as our little haven. We assume that many of the vans were regulars who lived relatively close, because as Sunday evening drew closer, all but a handful of them departed.
We stayed two nights to unwind and catch up with some projects. Magpies and Pied Wagtails descended to clear the crumbs left by other campers and on the second day we were lucky enough to see a few Cattle Egrets land in the field to feast on the flies and other insects in the tall grass. If we'd seen this species before, we'd not been close enough to identify it, so it was a real pleasure to be able to watch these bright white heron-like birds, stalking up and down the field, the blush of peachy plumage flowing down their backs.Read more