On Easter Sunday, we followed the Po river and arrived in Piacenza where we spent the night in a lovely studio.
Hôtel in Pavia.
10th April. Pavia to Piacenza
Lundi de Pâques.
The Po river.
Studio Palazzo Malaspina
Cour intérieur pour nos vélos
Studio with piano.
Dommage que nous ne jouons pas le piano!
Basilica San Francesco d'Assisi
Easter Monday. Restaurants are closed but bars with apéro are open!
Lundi de pâques, les restaurants sont fermés mais les bars sont ouvert. 2 bars, 2 apéros pour nous!
11th April. The sky with screeching swifts makes a ceiling for the courtyard,
In the morning we found our first flat tyre - on Michelle's trailer. Le ciel est le plafond de la cour.
Basilica di Sant'Antonino
Camping Arizona. A climb to find a campsite that was open.
Bagni di Tabiano, Province de Parme.
12th April. Setting off for a long uphill cycle.
Via Solferin, crossing the Taro.
La rivière Taro.
Direction the Apennines.
Région Emilia-Romagna en direction de la chaîne des Apennins.
We did a few extra km to find Camping Arizona at Bagni di Tabiano, Province de Parme. Campsites in Italy were not all yet open for the season.
We headed towards the Apennine mountains for our first real climb. 55km with 12km uphill. +979m. Happy to make it thus far!
We stopped for the night at Ostello di Cassio.
87km. The last climb to Passo della Cisa (1041m) before a long 50km descent and at last we reached the Mediterranean.
Below is a collage of the photos. You can also click on the photos.
14th April We cycled along the Mediterranean and then through the hills where we did a few km with a Belgian couple who left home last November! We found a campsite in the hills near Lucca.
Camping at the farm, but we didn't see a farm! We woke to heavy rain but luckily it cleared up and it was sunny when we got on the road. We passed through Lucca the main town in the province. Our Belgian friends from yesterday passed by as we were having our picnic.
When we arrived at Castelfiorentino the sky was looking dark. The hotels we contacted were full!
Then a guy on a bike stopped to help. He even phoned around and found us a hotel. But that wasn't all - he guided us on this bike for several km to the hotel! Then the sky opened and it lashed rain!
To add to the adventure, hotel restaurant was closed, but the lady at the bar ordered some pizzas for us and when they were delivered she served them to us in the restaurant!
15th April. It was 11.30 when we finally left the campsite.
Forte pluie la nuit, mais beau soleil le matin. Nous avons séché la tente avant de partir.
Eglise de San Paolino, Lucca
La ville de Lucques.
Chiesa di San Michele in Foro, Lucca
Altopascio. Un peu de yoga à la pause de midi.
77km and a lot of Tuscany hills from Castelfiorentino to Siena where we found a spot in the shade at Camping Colleverde. We decided to stay 2 nights to visit the town.