Italy 2016

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  1. BFM14

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    Last year we visited Italy for the first time and travelled round the north visiting Lake Garda, Pisa, Florence etc. We have decided to return to Italy in April 2016 and busy trying to plan a route. After reading lots of information on this site we realise we need to keep to motorways where possible. We are thinking of travelling down east coast visiting San Marino, Rimini etc and then over to Rome, Pompei, Sorrento etc and then on to Sardinia. We would really appreciate any advice on routes and campsites as it is only our 2nd trip to Europe.
     
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    Hmmm ! not many going to Italy ? I am doing your last year trip in May/Jun/Jul starting off with some time at Annecy (chillout), Chamonix(golf) , Aosta valley, to Garda.(opera Verona) Then after Florry and Pisa maybe a bit of a shufty down the Amalfi coast depending on whether it gets too hot or not, may have to beat a retreat ! This is first trip that I won't be booking return ticket (retiral intro trip).
    So maybe I could pick your experience, Any must do's and just as important must nots ? Are you going April to avoid heat ?
    When did you go and did you prebook the Garda bit ?
     
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    San Marino, Pompei and Sorrento are a must if you're touring Italy but the roads are horrendous around Pompei and Sorrento (as in narrow, overcrowded is an understatement and full of potholes). I really wouldn't want to take our MH on those roads. If in the MH I'd be looking for a site within commuting distance of the tourist attractions. Sorry I can't recommend one as we were in a much smaller vehicle on our trip last year. There is an aircraft museum near San Marino as you approach it from the coast. This is well worth a visit and we spent most of a day there. There is a good campsite in San Marino but I don't know if they take motorhomes. We rented a lodge, which was really cheap out of season. Again San Marino roads are not the ideal routes for a motorhome.
    http://www.eurocampings.co.uk/san-m...no/campsite-centro-vacanze-san-marino-104934/
     
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    San Marino, Pompei and Sorrento are a must if you're touring Italy but the roads are horrendous around Pompei and Sorrento (as in narrow, overcrowded is an understatement and full of potholes). I really wouldn't want to take our MH on those roads. If in the MH I'd be looking for a site within commuting distance of the tourist attractions. Sorry I can't recommend one as we were in a much smaller vehicle on our trip last year. There is an aircraft museum near San Marino as you approach it from the coast. This is well worth a visit and we spent most of a day there. There is a good campsite in San Marino but I don't know if they take motorhomes. We rented a lodge, which was really cheap out of season. Again San Marino roads are not the ideal routes for a motorhome.
    http://www.eurocampings.co.uk/san-m...no/campsite-centro-vacanze-san-marino-104934/
     
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    I am going to Italy in April with some friends we will be in southern Lake Garda, If you want advise see this blog by a friend of mine I think he is a member on here Rapide561 http://swift-kontiki.co.uk/
     
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    There is only one camp site in the main part of Sorrento - getting out of the site is a nightmare if you have a long van, and/or if its been raining as the access ramp is VERY slippery when wet
    Sorrento is beautiful and you can take a bus along the Amalfi coast
     
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    We stayed at Camping Zeus (ASCI) which is 5 mins from the entrance to Pompeii. We made it our base as the train station is also 5 mins away. Regular trains took us into Naples, Herculaneum, Sorrento and then bus along the Amalfi Coast. Much easier than driving and Motorhomes are banned along the Amalfi Coast at certain times of the year. Would also recommend Cinque Terre although much further North.

    Oh yes also a bus from outside the campsite to the top of Vesuvius....................red buses are a bit tame but the green bus transfers to an air cushioned army vehicle for the last part and that's worth a ride.
     
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    We did lake Garda a few years ago during the school holidays so decided to book 7 days just to make sure we would have somewhere, we ended up arriving 2 days early and tried about 15 sites with no success. In the end we phoned the one we had booked and they had one pitch left. I do think you'll be ok out with school holidays though.
     
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    Thanks Gerry, Verona for 25th Jun - Aida performance, so we should be heading over to Florence etc before the "kinder troops" invade. I generally hate booking enroute places as that imposes a structure. Have to book the opera performance however, but they don't guarantee the weather for sitting outside !! I am just looking forward to the golf at Chamonix, especially as I am looking out the window at the moment in utter disgust.
     
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    They had a show on when we visited Verona and about 5 minutes into it there was a massive storm. Lovely place though
     
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    We're hoping to do a similar trip later this year, spent a lot of time in Italy our favourite European country.
    Luckily we carry a 650 Kawasaki in the garage so just find a convenient base to tour from.
    We never book or plan just go with the flow use ACSI and Bordatlas to find sites thats it.
     
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    Many campsites in Riccioni, next to Rimini and I think the nicer resort. San Marino is lovely but small, not been with a MH but good on a bike.

    Sorrento is one of those "perfect" tourist traps. Campsite is a bit difficult but perfectly placed.

    I think Herculaneum is better than Pompeii. Dead easy to get to either from Sorrento, excellent Italian trains.
     
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    Sorry that I have been ignoring this thread but fell out of tree from 20ft and sustained 10 fractures, including shattering my ankle. Lucky to still here. so thinking about going to Italy, with Mary, has been the last thing on my mind. Now up and about thinking of travelling to Italy starting in April. I have this week booked Camping Butterfly for a week in April and in May. They are pretty booked up already. It is going to be the base for going and returning from Italy. We are going to stop at Florence and are thinking of using trains to visit Rome and Pompeii etc. Where would it be safe to leave the motorhome for a couple nights, any suggestions
     
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    Pozzouli wonderfull Roman Amphitheater plus Campimg Solfotana definitely a must see. Camp site is in situated within geo thermal park hot springs geysers etc. Museum next door to site. Amphitheater walking distance from site.
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