Travelled: 132 kilometres Mount Vesuvius in Campania to Monte Cassino in Lazio, Italy.
Visited: Caserta’s Palazzo Reale + Commonwealth and Polish Cemeteries in Monte Cassino.
Stayed: Car-park at the Polish Cemetery, free. No services. N41.49195, E13.80897
Budget: 89 days @ €96 per day.
Our free overnight park on Vesuvius was quiet enough till 2am when some random dog started barking. This lasted for a good half an hour before he decided to go and bark somewhere else.
We have our coffee and fruit, then prepare the Hymer for action, that being driving down the mountain. The road is very narrow in places and we want to be down before 8.30am when the tourist buses are starting to make there way up.
We have spent 90 minutes walking about the Palaazo Reale. It’s an impressive building, but its now late morning and stiffling hot in here. For some reason the windows are mostly closed and Charles never thought to have air-conditioning installed.
We make our way back to the Hymer, pay the €3.50 parking fee (reasonable) and continue north-west for Cassino in the mountains of Lazio. The battle for Cassino, often referred to as the ‘Battle for Rome’ in 1944 is one of those places I had read about and thought if we had the chance we would visit. It’s about 50 klms off our track north, but I’m keen and Pam doesn’t mind.
The town of Cassino sits on the valley floor. It’s mid-afternoon and very hot so we drive straight past the free sosta here in town and start the climb up the mountain to Monte Cassino. At some 550 metres it’s amazing the change. All we need now is some shade.