Our holiday in Suzy is coming to a close with a just over a week to go. Suzy got her itchy feet on again and we moved from our campsite at San Marino back into the Marche area to the city of Urbino. OUr plan was to find the Sosta, park up and catch the bus into the centre. Plans don't always work out and for a start the sosta wasnt that easy to find despite having the co-ordinates. The other problem was the bus. We knew it ran hourly but had no idea at what time. So off we went in search of the sosta. Eventually we did find it and it was empty so there was plenty of room for Suzy. We walked to the end of the road and spied the bus stop - mission accomplished partway . All we needed now was a bus. And just at that moment around the corner came bus number 1. It cost 1 euro and 5 cents for the single trip in Urbino and the bus as usual went all round the houses.
Eventually it dropped us off at the centre. We felt a little disappointed with Urbino. Perhaps the
cold and the slight drizzle didnt help. The weather was more like home than Italy. The wall are pretty impressive making a curtain all around the city. And the city was busy. It reminded me a little of Perugia full of students. We had a coffee and a couple of croissants whilst we grouped ourselves ready for a walk to the Palazzo Ducale .
Urbino is said to be the most beautiful of all the Italian renaissance cities but although it was pretty in parts it did not float my boat quite the way other Italian cities do. Perhaps the weather didnt help, perhaps I wasnt in the mood for it today. The palazzo was a lovely building and was built for the governor of Urbino Duke Federico da Montefeltro between 1444 and 1482. Unfortunately for us it is now an art gallery. It houses the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche. We like art galleries but generally stick to those in the major capital cities of the world so decided to give this one a miss. We did however peep inside the courtyard which cost us nothing.
There are a tangled web of medieval streets but nothing much caught
our attention today so we headed off to find the bus stop. Not knowing exactly where the bus stopped nor when it would arrive we splashed out on a taxi 7 euros back to our sosta. Even with a tip taking it to 10 euros it made sense to do it.
We headed off after a long chat in Italian with the taxi driver. He produced a map and showed us some of the beautiful drives in the area , some of the interesting towns and explained that in the last few days they had had more rain than they normally expected.
As we said goodbye to Urbino we saw the ladies of the night touting for trade in lay byes. We ended up at Lake Trasimeno. We had been before but decided it made a good stop. Shopping done at the local Lidl. We bought a few provisions - why dont Lidl sell fresh milk????? And we settled in for the night. The first camp site we looked at looked rather scruffy so we moved on again. OUr second site was much better although waterlogged. Eventually we found a spot overlooking the lake where Hannibal and his
elephants fought the Romans. The site was an ACSI one and had a restaurant which looked good although we didnt try it. Prices ranged from a few euros for a pizza to 25 euros for a full meal. Internet was free although we didnt try it.
We walked down to the lake and saw coots and a strange creature which from the distance looked like a beaver or an otter. The showers were the best so far on this trip. All new and cleanly tiled with electric entrance doors. Once inside the cubicles were large with glass doors separating the water part from a seating area. For once no wet clothes and no wet feet. 10/10 for an excellent facility. We talked to our Dutch neighbours, they were staying a few days visiting Florence and Orvieto before returning home next week and they told us the weather was much the same everywhere in Europe.
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