Travelled: 204 kilometres from Matera in Basilicata to Salerno in Campania, both in Italy.
Visited: Salerno and the Amalfi Coast.
Stayed: Salerno Sosta Parco del Mercatello, €10 all services, electricity €5 extra. N40.65974, E14.80454
Budget: 86 days @ €97 per day.
Another cool evening, perfect for a good sleep. Given Italian towns are noisy places at night, staying out of town in farm stays or agroturisto as they call them are great. I would also recommend anywhere on a hill as you can catch the breeze.
Anyway we do our best to be serviced and out the gate by just after 9am. It’s a long drive to Salerno and we want to be there by lunch. We stop for some fuel as we travel south on the SS7. I should mention the service stations in Italy. Firstly they are everywhere and you would wonder how they survive. Secondly, how do they work ? You don’t know until you drive in, many are automated, for which you need a local credit card or failing that (which we obviously don’t), a machine that takes cash. Sounds simple but it’s all in Italian. So I’ll try and briefly explain, you insert your €50 note, select a pump, then select your fuel type and hopefully it works. Sound easy but it’s not. Lastly there is the service station with an attendant. This service station will have bowsers on one side at one price, say €1.48 if you serve youself (see firstly) and bowsers on the other side with an attendant at €1.65. If you use an attendant and pay the higher price by some form of miracle you can use any credit card. Like many other things in Italy it defies logic so don’t worry yourself about. Just carry lots of €50 notes.
Anyway we had one of those days that memories are made of. We returned to the Hymer a little tired but safely. And another day slipped through to the keeper.