Hanging out in Vicenza

Tuesday saw us saying goodbye’s to Fattoria Grimana B&B that had been our home for a week. Carter’s had a big day ahead making their own way to Rome so they were delivered to the little Grisignano Di Zocco train station early by the wedding couple. Barry and Tim decided the cheapest way to hire a car for the next few days was to do a pick up and drop off to our departure airport – Treviso. So we also travelled to the little Grisignano Train station too and got the newbie travellers on their way from Padova train station.

The bus ticket from Venezia Mestre train station was purchased from ATVO. Their offices are about 250m on the right as you exit the Venezia Mestre Train station and the ticket office is not visible from the exit to the train station. Once on the bus, it was about 40 minutes to Treviso airport where we were served by an interesting assistant at the Sixt car hire office. We’d booked online the night before to get the best price. She was very helpful and we chatted about all sorts of things whilst sorting out our contract and payments. Our car is a nice Fiat Tipo 1.6l turbo diesel, six speed manual. Yes, left hand drive. Estate – wagon to fit all our stuff.

I plugged in the iPhone and turned on Google maps. I’d already downloaded a large chunk of northern Italy to work offline so wasn’t too concerned about using data on the phone. I don’t know why I worried as I have 25Gb allowance each month for the next two months. Cost me €30 with Vodaphone which is not bad I thought. Simply walked into a Vodaphone store and presented my passport and paid.

Wednesday saw us hit the road around 10:00am after meeting the lovely Ellis and Will from San Fransisco for a coffee before their departure. Then it was in the car for what turned out to be a ten or eleven hour day, all bar about 3 hours were driving. Yes I was exhausted, but gosh what a lovely days drive up in the Alps. Lunch at Alleghe.

Thursday was a quieter day where we rested up, walked up to the Spar supermarket about five minutes away to buy lunch and dinner makings. Barry and Jenny went off for a sleepover with old friends in Bologna.

Our afternoon included a walk to Parc Querini.

Friday had Jacob join us for the day. He had a destination of a lake on the far side of Verona, so off we drove. What a great day it was. The lake resorts were popular but the little drive he took us on after the crowds of the resort was something else. More narrow roads zig zagging up the mountains had the pay off of some awesome views.

We needed to get back in time to meet up with Barry and Jenny who had been off to see a friend for the last couple of days.

Nicole and her family came to join us in the evening and we had a lovely walk through the old town of Vicenza. The gelato was awesome, and the shadows in the old buildings captivating.

And so this section of our holiday was over. Chris was delivered to Marco Polo airport for his Contiki Adventure, and the others went to Treviso to meet the Carters again and fly to Dublin.

Bye bye Vicenza