Travelled: 82 kilometres from Spello in Umbria to Cortona in Tuscany, Italy.
Visited: Assisi and Cortona
Stayed: Cortona, free car-park. No services. N43.27312, E11.98784
Budget: 99 days @ €94 per day.
An early start today. It’s not about wanting to get away from Spello but about wanting to be in Assisi early. So we have our breakfast pack up and service the Hymer. Looking at my notes this morning I note we have now done more than 10,000 klms in the Hymer since leaving Bosham some 14 weeks ago.
Its only some 20 klms to Assisi and we are soon in the bus and camper parking area (N43.07711, E12.59956), which is not free unfortunatley, so we take a ticket and park under a tree. The Basilca di San Francesco is on the hill above us, the town of Assisi further up the hill. From what we read, Assisi is second only to St Peter’s Basilica in its importance to Catholics as a sacred site. Apart from the many pilgrims who pass through here everyday, there are thousands of tourists as well. Hence we want to beat the crowds.
What can I say. Certainly one of the most beautiful and inspiring places we have ever visited. For some reason the Taj Mahal springs to mind. Don’t come to Italy, without a visit to Assisi. Do come early though.
The Hymer is still parked in the shade, but now surrounded by tourist coaches, many from outside Italy. We have lunch, set the GPS for Contona and roll out into the traffic.
One of the camper stop reviews for Cortona, comments on the excellent food at BeerBone BurgerArt. We agree, mind you the fact we havn’t eaten beef for several weeks may have helped. It’s well and truly dark as we make our way down the 100 or so steps to the parking lot. Not easy when your full of burger and beer. Another day gone.