Date: 25th July 2018
Travelled: 103 kilometres by vehicle from Deiva Marina and 800 kilometres by ferry from Genoa to Palermo
Visited: Genoa and GNV Ferries (€550)
Stayed: Green Car Solsta, Palermo. €20 usual services. N38.10997, E13.34267
We have our second quiet evening at Deiva Marina. A bit of a late start today but we do the usual and start packing up to move on. It’s only an hour back to Genoa and our ferry departure is not until 9pm.
Quick last photo before we pack up and depart Deiva Marina. Nice shady spot it was.
We take the tollway (€7.40) back to Genoa. An easy drive, mind you, Italian drivers are unpredictable at best. Arriving in Genoa we drive down to the port for a quick look, then on to a Lidl supermarket for a stock up. We then spend another hour trying to find a parking spot without success. Eventually after referring to our data-base we find a dedicated motorhome parking area within walking distance to the old town. Mind you the casual rate is €4 an hour ! So we try for a short visit.
As we walk up the hill we pass through Porte Soprano and old gate, above a small unkept park.
No idea what this was all about, but I took a picture anyway.
A little lost at this stage we find Piazza Corvetto at the top of a rise.
A little higher up the hill we find Monumento A Mazzini and photo opportunity. More importantly we find a female parking officer writing tickets like she’s on commission, who gives us some directs to the Piazza de Ferrari.
On the Piazza de Ferrari looking toward the city’s opera house. We manage to find a TIM shop (Italy’s Telstra) and purchase at 30gb data sim for €20. An absolute bargain compared to England and France.
Looking the other way across the piazza. The fountain is surrounded by elegant buildings.
Just being a tourist rather than a seasoned traveller. At €4 per hour we find Genoa does not really want us to wander any further from the carpark and it’s getting late in any case.
Making our way back to the Hymer we pass through the same old gate seen in the earlier photo and spot this small arched pavilion. There is no sign unfortunatley, but after a bit of Google research I find this is the remains of Choistro di Sant’Andrea (cloisters of St Andrew’s Church), circa 12th century.
So we make it back through the chaos of port traffic in time to have a beer and wine then dinner before boarding. Having done ferries all over Europe, nothing compares to the schmozzle that are Italian ferry crossings.
Our first view of Sicily after our 21 hour passage. The sea was flat, our stateroom was large and well appointed.
Our ferry docks at 1815 hours, 45 minutes later access to our garage deck is granted and we roll out into the Palermo traffic about 10 minutes later. The 3 kilometre trip to Green Parking takes more than an hour. I always thought Delhi has the worst traffic I have ever seen, but Palermo is worse because I’m trying to drive a motorhome through it. The GPS is directing me up one-way streets the wrong way, what a cluster.
The man at the gate remembers my email booking and we have a spot, park and put on the air-conditioner…