Travelled: 159 kilometres from Arezzo to Lucca, both in Tuscany, Italy.
Stayed: Lucca, Parcheggio Del Borgo. €20pd, all services. N43.85038, E10.50498
Budget: 102 days @ €93 per day.
We were a little woried as we went to bed last night in Arezzo, nothing unsafe but it became obvious that most of the motorhomes in this large car-park are actually just here in storage. So on one side we have ouselves and three other motorhomes, about 30 unattended motorhomes scattered about and perhaps 3-4 old caravans and an old camper-car that seems more permanently based on the far-side of the car-park. But other than some random dog barking near bedtime all was quite.
The sun is up early and we can feel a warm day coming. We are planning on Lucca in northern Tuscany today, so we have coffee and breakfast before making for the sosta service point about 500m up the road. The services are free, but the sosta costs €8 overnight and we economised as usual. Anyway we hit the road, taking the motorway, to avoid another day of dodging pot-holes.
As we are walking out Lucca is coming alive with people coming out for gelato or drinks. The small sosta is now crammed with motorhomes in every possible spot. We eat in with the sounds of the Luna Park in the background. It’s loud but doesn’t stop our sleep.
On their recommendation we purchase tickets for a performance tonight at the “Puccini and his Lucca” festival. So our long lunch continues at various venues until the concert starts at 7pm.
It’s been a long day and it’s well and truly dark as we make our way back to the Hymer. Lots of good food, drink and talking travel today. Then the Puccini Festival to finish it all off. We share a hamburger on our way home and despite the noise from Luna Park sleep well again.