Layby near Campo Verde, LecceFebruary 6, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C
Heading south on Italy's boot heel, the intense agriculture changed to scrub and the population became more sparse. Although we couldn't see it, we weren't far from the sea and there were many closed campsites and 'holiday villages'. Not only were they closed but many looked as if they'd shut down for good and a lot were up for sale. Homes we passed were falling into disrepair for the lack of anyone living there and there were plenty of construction projects that seemed as if they'd stopped part way to completion. Grey breeze block buildings with holes for windows and roofs made it seem like something out of the Survivors series, where the infrastructure stays as it is but the people are gone. We assume there was the prospect of a growing tourist industry that didn't amount to as much as people had hoped.
We found a sizeable but overgrown layby to spend a quiet night in. Large shrubs covered in enormous spikes stuck out over the tarmac and we could hear the sound of the surf crashing against the shore.Read more