Friday 17 June
After yesterday’s hard slog around the Vatican and part of Rome again, we are ready for another chill out day to recharge all batteries ( the electrical items as well of course ! ) before we begin to head North tomorrow .
After a decent lie in with tea in bed ( luxury ! ) The furthest we ventured today was down the long drive ( in Alan’s hire car ! ) and across the main road to the Carrefour Supermarket to stock up on a few provisions for when we move off.
Having loaded up with food etc and filled up with water, toilet dump and windscreen wash, we are all ship shape for a timely exit in the morning. We spend the day around the pool with a premature end due to quite a heavy shower which resulted in us sprinting off to close the roof vents in “Cis” and rescue the washing which we had drying outside.
We met up with our buddies again for an evening meal back at the same restaurant we had eaten at earlier in the week. This time the service whilst not brilliant was actually much better than before and therefore in recognition of this most welcome improvement so was the tip !
We finished off the night with a nightcap before parting ways and putting away as much as we can for our smooth getaway which I’m planning for in the morning ( notice how I’m building this getaway up ! ) and then retire to our beds for the night.
Saturday 18 June
The plan is to leave around 8.30 as the planned drive to Siena is about 3 1/2 hours arriving around 12.00. I catch the free shuttle down and back to reception and paid my bill this worked out at £19 a night with the ACSI card including electricity. Bargain !
On my return Mouse and Marie were there to wave us off and having been helped out of our shoehorned space we bid a fond farewell and off we set, pretty much on time.
The road that the campsite is on is a one way system so we had to go towards Rome before turning around and heading towards the motorway to Firenze. All is fine but after about 20 minutes, Il Muppito Alan ( liability ) Clark rang to tell us he’d left his bumbag in “Cis” which had all his money, passports, bungalow key etc in it. He had chased us down the drive but failed to catch us. ( you would have made it in your younger days ! ) Then he had to get a spare key from reception to allow him to get in his bungalow and pick up his hire car key ( luckily not in his bag ! ) and set off to catch us up. I pulled off the ring road to await his arrival and pass the relay baton ( bumbag ) through our window. Having pulled off we couldn’t get straight back on the ring road and had to drive several miles. We eventually found a roundabout and then headed back towards Rome before we could take a suitable exit and eventually hang a ” U ” and once more head in the direction of Firenze. ( so much for the timely getaway ! )
We did however make good time being Saturday and the traffic was reasonable. We arrived in the aire at Siena which was just a big car park but adequate for what we would need for the night. We had a cuppa and then I made an executive decision which played out well.
On leaving our pitch at Village Flaminio, our Italian neighbours recommended that we should visit Monteriggioni being a small but beautiful medieval village enclosed by walls. We decided as it was only about 20 minutes away that we would visit there and stay in the aire overnight returning to Siena tomorrow morning for a good look around before heading to Firenze.
Usually in selecting where we stop overnight we use an excellent book called Camperstops ( Thank you Pete ! ) which has a cracking selection of aires and stops throughout Europe. Our version is 2013 and is therefore slightly out of date. The aire shown in the book is in the car park leading up to Monteregginio and was shown as free overnight but 5 Euros for the day. This had absolutely no facilities.
On arrival, there is now a cracking new aire which costs 16 Euros for 24 hours but includes electricity, had a lovely brand new toilet block and has showers and sit down loos ( something of a rarity in some parts of Italy ! ) and has a beautiful view over the Tuscan countryside.
Having paid our money and hooked up the ‘leccy and put out our still damp washing to dry we had a wander to the walled city a few hundred yards away. We passed through the car park following the path to one of the entrance gates and saw the old aire which is now 10 Euros an hour or 25 Euros a night for motorhomes which I have already said has no facilities at all. I think this is to encourage people to park motorhomes on the new aire only a hundred yards from the old one. Unbelievably some Bozo is actually parked in it !, what for ! you Drongo ! . It’s only 16 Euros around the corner including all the facilities !
The little village is quite small but very pretty and there are several shops and restaurants and being lunchtime seemed pretty well patronised. We wandered around for 45 minutes or so before returning to “Cis” where we settled down for the afternoon sitting in the sunshine and again had a very nice steak dinner looking out over our lovely view accompanied by only two other motorhomes who were well away from us until after about 8.00 when a few more vans came to join us. I am always amazed at these people who come in late and then moan that there is nowhere to park.