Review of Italian Camping Villas, Budget Savers!!
|Camping in Florence|
Rome was so booked, I was unable to find any place to stay, not even my dear accommodations at the YWCA, the best budget lodgings I have ever found. Prices in all the pensions went up when the last Pope died, and have not come down. Complicating matters, I had hired a car for this trip. Finding parking was out of the question.
So in Rome, I tried a new lodging strategy – we stayed in a “Camping Village”. Just outside of Rome, Camping Tiber had a parking spot for our car, and a swimming pool. We rented a cute travel trailer with a bath for 1/2 the price we would have paid in Rome itself. There were washing machines and dyers, a blessing, since my travel companion did not comprehend “wash in the sink and hang it up” until the end of the trip. The biggest surprise was the quality food we had in the small restaurant. Absolutely stunning! The pizza was cooked in a wood fueled brick oven and were as good as the ones we had at my favorite restaurant in Rome. The only disadvantage was the commute to Rome and we had to make the last train home at night. So no late night rambles around the Piazzas and fountains.
|Justine in front of her clean, quiet camping villa|
We meet other travelers savvy to these camping villas, and what jewels they are for travelers that can not afford city center hotels, and find backpacker dorms quite nasty. (I quit all hostels when they put both men and women in the same rooms.) We shared dinner, and stories of our day’s adventures, with student groups, retired seniors, and families. The bonus of being out side the city was the ability to walk a round in the morning and evening and see grass and trees. I love travel, but inner cites can be a lot of brick and cobblestone.
The last camping villa we stayed in was the seediest, and the hardest to find, simply because the city Mestre, outside Venice, is a complicated mess of roads. The on site store at Camping Venzia left much to be desired. Looking back there were three more camping villas down the road I could have checked out.
|Wine, pasta and cheese|
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