As my trip will be ended up in Rome just tomorrow in a week I’d like to remind you to my donation campaign.
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(Cycling day 11/90 km)
As I’d like to visit Leonardo’s museum in Vinci instead of cycling along Prato and Pistoia I was lucky to leave Florence really early and this was great.
The museum itself has two parts the birthplace of him is about 3 km out of town so I quit this.
So after visiting this unique place I set off to Lucca where I had already reserved a bed in the youthhostel.
And – what should I say – black clouds came up after having a really delicious Gelato and there was only a short shower.
Like in the books I experienced this wonderful countryside where the Chianti DOC comes from.
So in the evening I went out for dinner with a roommate from Switzerland and than sitting in the garden in front of the hostel.
(Lazy day 2 in Florence)
So yesterday I decided to stay a night longer and this decision was the best I could do…
On the first sunday in the month the national museums are free so I tried to visit some of them.
I started my day in the Museo delle Cappelle Medicee. The basement was interesting but the grave was outstanding…
Afterwards I checked out the Battistero which was also great – short before they closed the gate.
Now the time had come to get the real overview over Florence – but to get this you need to take 413 steps – up to the Campanile.
After that I had just a short cue to get into to the cathedral – also one of the must-sees.
But from the top of the Campanile I’ve heard already a wonderful voice of a woman who sang down on the Piazzale – so just enjoy…
(Sorry, some problems with uploading the video)
I was thinking how to end the day in that marvellous town and I decided to chill out in the Gardino di Bobboli – before that I popped in the Palazzo Pitti which was fantastic. There are different museums in that building – so you could get an outstanding range of different masterpieces.
And finally let’s go to the Giardino…
So that last evening ended up in some drinks of the terrace on the 5th floor of my PLUS Hostel Florence with my room friends – and after that there were fireworks I’ve seen while brushing my theeths – a perfect day!
(Lazy day 1 in Florence)
So as I could be happy to extend my stay in Florence I went to the tourist office at the station, got some good information and hoped on the bus to the Piazzale Michelangelo.
Here you’ve got the best view over the city – even with rain..
Next to this famous place you’ve got the small Gardino delle Rose and after your visit it’s just a few steps down to the ancient town.
Now you’ll reach the well known bridge – in the early days there sold butchers their food but because of the bag smelling the Medici decided to do it more vegetarian…today you get there all kind of jewellery.
As I had enough time for another museum till I got my entrance time for the Uffizies I went to the Museo Nazionale del Bargello where you find on two floors the not so well known arts.
But now let’s jump into the line – or pass it when payed extra fee…
After that impressive day I was walking around the city enjoying an toscanian burger – and than let’s go home to the pool – but not jump in as it’s too cold…
(Cycling day 9/10 – 111,0/54,0 km)
Yesterday I left Mantova from the funny Agriturismo after we had the night before a long chat with other campers and the owner.
First it was a little bit difficult to find the way out of the town – but than I got my favourite signs…EuroVelo 7/8!
Really great countryside on the one side
of the dam – like a natural reservat.
But leaving the district of Mantova the signs with kilometers were gone…
So I past the last bridge and popped in the campingsite where Annemieke and her mother met again on their walking trip from the Netherlands to Rome.
So this morning we got the fourth traveller in the group and had breakfast in the sun – after the night was really rainy.
So Marjo got also a blog you could visit…
Marjo on the bike
And Annemieke writes about her trip on this site…
Annemieke on her walk to Rome
So than I left quite late the campingsite – usually we’d like to visit the town but the chat of three travellers was more interesting!
After getting some rain and again traffic I’m now sitting in the train to Florence passing by the Appenin.
Looking forward to discover the next big town – tomorrow there will be again a lazy day for this city – and than I will head to the western coast – hopefully with a little bit more sunshine.
(Cycling day 8)
Today was a tricky riding day – always accompanied by dark clouds which empty themselves while I took a shower.
But let’s start in the beginning…as I checked out a nice hostel in Firenze I left my B & B in Verona only at ten.
I cycled through the ancient town and found the signs for different cyclepaths which I were looking for – so far, so good.
But the problem was that I hadn’t have a gpx track and also not a map with a good scale. So – as you will think already – the signs couldn’t be found after some corners so I had to improvise…
Usually no problem but so I get to know to the lorry junction of Verona – and believe me this was no fun.
After a few kilometres another cyclepath sign came up again – but wasn’t seen again…So finally I was so lucky to find Giovanni in Sommacampagna – and he was so friendly to show me the way by car – so I had a trace-vehicle.
Thanks again to Giovanni – you’ve helped me a lot
So I came down on a silent road to Salionze and followed the signs…but guess, what’s happened – I was again on a big street where lorries pass you by.
So I came into the famous town of Borghetto with its old buildings and a castle up in Vialeggio Sul Mincio with a great garden – but I just visited Borghetto which is famous for the old mills – and now there are about 10 restaurants – and on the small bridges there are like in Paris at the Pont Neuf lockers from loving couples who throw the key away to prove their lo
So going on to follow the river Mincio that water became after about 10 km a canal – and so I reached the north of Mantua in a small Agriturismo with campin
A couple from Austria with a offroad camper were next to me and we had a good chat with the owner of the site in english, italian – and german!
And while having a shower it started to rain do I was very happy to have a big tree with table next to my tent where I could cook my risotto.
So tomorrow I’d like to go to Ferrara and than to Bologna taking the train to Florence. So hopefully the weather is okay – the forecast says – no! (as the last days)
I’d like to introduce to you a couple I’ve met yesterday on the road from Mestre to Vicenza.
They’re started their journey in Paris about 1 1/2 months ago and will be on the road for about a year – wow!
Ob their website you’ll find a map of the trip and can follow them.
Here is there blog…have a look…
Elena and Gaetan on the run
(Lazy day 2)
Today I’d like to visit again this marvellous town which I haven’t been for about 20 years – and it was fantastic!
Just to have this day here I planned my whole journey so I could come to this place in the East.
I had no plan – shame on me – but this was absolutely no problem.
I got a ticket for the museums around Piazza San Marco and so I started the big city trip by sun.
Entering the museum of Basilica di San Marco I found fantastic paintings and historic treasures. Also the Museo Correr belongs to these buildings.
In the end I visited the Palazzo Ducale – just a few pics…
So finally I took the way back to the busstop by foot over the Ponte di Rialto and through the ancient town – off the beaten track.
This day closes with a little bit of rain and thunder – but only for s short time.
Grand day out in Venice – come and look, it was worth the pedaling!
(Cycling day 6)
So this day was really awful as I found out, that my mattress got an hole (but so tiny I couldn’t find it), my watch with fresh batteries got water inside and was now broken and finally the connection between the bike and the E-Werk was nearly broken – but the weather was fine!
But – after the usual camp breakfast I started to begin that ‘interesting’ day which would end after planned 85 km – but in real it was 124 km…
So leaving the site I’ve had a great cyclepath wich is called the Bicitalia 2 and 4 and also the german one “München – Venedig”.
Small roads and a marvellous small town which name I’ve forgotten.
Finally I came to Treviso and as I’ve planned the track at home I had no thinkings about any upcoming problems – but they came after that wonderful town.
There were two deviations which took me about 1 1/2 h and – the campingsite would be closed at 8 pm.
So a irish couple stood at a corner and talked to a friendly guy and he offered us to lead us to Mestre.
It should take us about 1 h – and he lead us through industrial zones, shopping centres and very small pedestrian paths.
in the end I reached the camping and was completely finished.
As the weatherforecast was very bad for the next days I took a bungalow and next to me there were two ladies from Bordeaux – and I showed them my old blog, of course.