We got lucky at Lake Garda yesterday and found a wonderful sosta Camper La Spiaggia at Desenzano del Garda, just a few metres away from the lake and with very good facilities, including free showers and a pizza restaurant/takeaway just outside, where we purchased a most delicious pizza with fried calamari to take back to the van. I have to say that this is possibly the best pizza I’ve ever had: light and crispy and with just the right amount of topping and for only ₤8! Prior to that, we had indulged on a Sangria and a glass of white wine for Adonis, which opened up our appetite for the pizza to follow.
We also enjoyed a few swims in the lake as it was still very hot yesterday and we were very amused by the change between morning and afternoon for, while the beach was practically empty before lunch, when we went back after siesta, the lake was teeming with expensive-looking yachts and a lot more people on the shore, but even then it didn’t feel overwhelming and there was plenty of room for everyone. We also noticed that the mountains around lake were a lot more visible at that time of day, which was quite extraordinary, as they were almost invisible in the morning.
All in all, it was a very pleasant stay and experience and definitely a place to recommend and come back to. The sosta would have cost ₤12 a night without hook-up, but we used it this time for the air conditioning and to charge up gadgets and we paid an extra ₤3.60 for the privilege.
This morning, we changed our mind about going to Ovada and headed straight for the coast as our last stop in Italy before crossing back to France tomorrow.
We first tried a campsite in Arenzano, but they didn’t allow dogs, so we carried on along the coast on the A10 to Campeggio dei Fiori in Pietra Ligure, only 600 metres from the beach. We got here just before 2pm and, to our dismay, found it had closed for lunch so we had to wait in their car park until 3.30pm for it to open. We were lucky and, after paying a steep ₤44.50, we were shown to a fairly spacious pitch, but we didn’t feel like going to the beach after all that driving and hanging around and were quite happy to sit here, as it is a lot cooler and cloudy now and we are not desperate for a swim. There’s a swimming pool here too, but one must wear swimming caps, which we don’t have and, although I’m pretty sure they can be bought on site, we haven’t bothered as we are not likely to use them again. Everything considered, we don’t think the site is worth the daily fee, as the facilities are quite basic and the ground uneven with difficult access to the pitch and the whole thing could do with a bit of TLC and modernising, but I suppose we are still grateful that we had somewhere to stop for the afternoon and spend the night without driving any further.
So it’s back to France tomorrow to Bas Thorenc, in the Alpes Maritimes, north west of Cannes and Grasse.