Date: 16th August 2018
Travelled: 50 kilometres by road from Roccalumera in Sicily to Scilla in Italy.
Visited: Messina to Sante Giovanni ferry crossing €46 and Scilla
Stayed: Scilla Area Sosta, €25. All the usual. N38.25203, E15.70200
Once the karaoke conclude at 9.30pm it was all quiet in Roccallumera.
Remembering yesterdays concerns about being towed somewhere we dug through our paperwork to find our european breakdown insurance policy. We thought why not give them a call and see if they can find a repairer for us. Giving them a call in the UK and explaining our problem, within the hour we had been called back 3 times and received a text with the name and address of a Bosche service agent in Messina.
We have a coffee and fruit, service the Hymer and say our farewells.
Ninety minutes later with a new alternator installed (€504 including 22% GST) we drive into the afternoon traffic somewhat relieved. We spotted a Lidl supermarket back up the road as we came in earlier, so we do a backtrack for some supplies. Have some lunch at McDonalds of all places, then drive down to the ferry terminal.
The Lonely Planet, Italy doesn’t even list Messina. Its history as a port city goes back thousands of years, but there is none of that to be seen anymore.
Its been a long day full of drama, so we make our way back through the village and get a lift back to the sosta. Several more motorhomes have arrived and the place is in chaos (in an Italian sort of way) on our return. The attendant wants me to move, but I decline his request. If we are paying €25 for an allocated space, we get our allocated space I explain. He gives up and we sit down to a beer and wine, the chaos subsides and it’s a quiet night.