When we asked Adam’s parents what would be the holiday they would most like to experience as part of their 60th wedding anniversary celebrations, they were clear. A motorhome holiday in Italy. We have visited Italy many times in our VW camper van so relished the idea of returning and sharing some of our favourite places in Italy with them.
So off we went with a vague plan for a ten day motorhome holiday in Italy.
After picking up the motorhome (from Hertz in Lyon) and filling it with all of our plates, bedding, provisions and our two man tent for us to sleep in we set off south for a day in Provence.
A wander into the nearest town to search for local wine and a morning coffee brought us to a beautiful tranquil squareand made us linger a little longer than planned as the beautiful light, colours and stylish, Provence locals distracted and intrigued our group of people watchers. Wine rack stocked with Provence Rosé next stop Italy.
We drove via Piemonte and one of favourite places for motorhome stops in Italy, a basic campsite in an olive grove just outside of the lovely hill town of Olivetta San Michele (which has a fabulous food shop with home made savoury pastries!)
Along the coast though and into Tuscany for a few days of amazing home-made pasta and of course some lovely Chianti wines.
During our stay in Chianti, on a walk to the local town of Marcialla we found a fantastic delicatessen selling wines produced on the surrounding hills. You could buy the wine to take home or, for the same price, chilled to enjoy on their terrace with a view. We couldn’t resist!
On this motorhome holiday in Italy, as always, we had so many amazing food experiences, too many to mention here. One in particular was in Umbria; a wonderful foodie find with the local food shop in Civatella del Lago.
During our ten days in Italy we managed to get as far south as one of our favourite places, Paestum, and treated Adam’s parents to Mozzeralla direct from the buffala farm and a beer by the Greek ruins
We were half way through holiday time and so time to head north and towards home.
Herculaneum was far too busy and hot for us to wander around this time unfortunately but it was fascinating to stay above and see the ancient and modern cities together.
Stopping at Solfatara campsite just outside of Naples was a steamy and smelly as always
and a little more challenging getting in to and out of the campsite in our motorhome versus our VW campervan
One final stop in Italy, parking the motorhome down a tiny street in Courmayeur and finding a great local restaurant (one we hadn’t found on any of our ski trips in winter), a great find with amazing views.
Ten days was not really enough in Italy in the motorhome but we managed to share some of our favourite places and find a few new ones that we will be sure to revisit on our next motorhome holiday.