Monday, January 09 before leaving Padova I wanted to see the Cappella degli Scrovegni. The GPS took me around the suburbs of Padova, wanting me to take roundabouts that did not exist, one-way streets, etc. Finally I arrived at a place where there was no Cappella. I decided to give up to reach Venezia by the SS11 road; a new game of tracks with unknown roundabouts. I gave up to take the A4 motorway duly signposted without the GPS. I had selected Camping Venezia Village to visit the lakeside town. Alas the campsite was closed without the website mentioning it. How do you say: shitty day very angry I bivouacked on some kind of embankment. And the icing on the cake it's raining! A motorhome from the Baltic countries landed next to me, but it got stuck, I pulled it out with a rope. Finally the day became calm.
Tuesday, January 10, I went to Punta Sabboni with the naive hope of finding a parking lot on the edge of the Venice lagoon. Of course after about sixty kilometers I walked along the edge without possible access and moreover with a view blocked by a dike, not folichon. I was going back where I came from to settle at the San Guiliano campsite, which was open. I arrived there in the early afternoon. Muddy terrain as desired given the rains of the previous days. Bingo, the boat pier for Venice is close with a frequency of departures every hour. It arrives at Fondamenta Nove, about 1.8 km announced for 18 minutes to go to San Marco, the same distance for the Verona car park at the Arena, a real challenge! Tomorrow I will set out to visit, not Venice, which is impossible for me, but San Marco square. The return to the Fondamenta Nove pier will be problematic.
Wednesday, January 11 I took the shuttle to Fondamenta Nove at 9 a.m. for a 25-minute journey followed by a walk of about an hour and a half with photo stops and the crossing, carefully, of the bridges above the canals in taking the handrail. I arrived without difficulty at Saint Mark's Square, whose sumptuous architecture caught my attention. The basilica exhibits sparkling mosaics presenting the New Testament. My journey through the narrow streets of the port to Saint Mark's Square shows very decrepit building facades. I hoped to see street scenes from the film Death in Venice, a short story by Thomas Mann, against the backdrop of the adagietto from the 5th symphony by G. Mahler. It was not because I am neither Visconti, nor an old composer with rimmel dripping on his face after the hopeless following of a young ephebe, Tadzio. I assume that the exteriors were shot at Cinecitta the Italian Bollywood / Hollywood. The day was sunny with timid rays and a chilly temperature. I was returning to the boat for the 12:30 shuttle.
|Basilica San Marco|
Thursday January 12 the objective was to visit Bologna after having traveled the highway of Venezia. Piazza Maggiore after reading the Green Guide caught my attention. Its access is regulated with prohibition of vehicles. I entered it, surreptitiously, to take pictures and then I looked, in vain, for a parking space. The adjacent streets had one-sided parking around the Piazza. But as previously the GPS did not know the traffic changes, I was going around in circles. After a good half hour I gave up my search leaving Bologna to find a night parking lot in the village of Sesto, Phew! Conclusion to visit cities and monuments you have to be nimble and master the route of public transport.
|Piazza Maggiore, San Petronio & Palazzo Comunale|
Friday January 13, lucky day for the lucky ones, it was my case I found a parking lot, certainly paying, about 100 meters from the Basilica di San Vitale and the Mausoleo di Galia Placidia. After the reward visit, I treated myself to a slice of pizza from the local bakery. On the way to Urbino I found a night parking lot in the parking lot of OBI, Italian Bricorama. As shown on the map and the track from Bologna to Ravenna there is a bit missing, loss of GPS connection, no one is perfect! Readers of my site interested in information on the sites visited should refer to the Green Guide and Wikipedia.
On Saturday January 14, the visit to the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino promised to be short, but it was even more than expected. From the entrance gate crosses a staircase plunging steeply into the basements, moreover it was necessary to climb two floors without elevator to complete. Even with a walking stick, I gave up on such an adventure, especially since visitors were very rare and therefore almost zero assistance! The day was pleasantly sunny with a temperature of 10° Celsius after a night with a thermometer below zero.
|Palazzo Ducale, Urbino|
Sunday January 15, after a cold night, the road to Assisi was in the mist without precipitation. Traffic on the road was sparse. As usual the pavement of the roads is often in poor condition. In Assisi car parks are often closed or prohibited for motorhomes. One of them was to my liking with an escalator, but with a height limited to 2 meters. The car parks authorized for motorhomes required walking that was incompatible with my state of health. Once again I went my way. I stopped for the night in a huge deserted parking lot in the village of Santa Maria degli Angeli.