Day 3: Vicenza to Verona

Sunday June 27, 2004, 69 km (43 miles) – Total so far: 214 km (133 miles)

We went into Vicenza for breakfast – what a great city. Today was a Sunday, so everywhere was busy with cyclists of the lycra-clad racing variety. The Veneto region probably has more racing cyclists per square kilometre than anywhere else on earth. We saw loads of riders in large groups, some in team colours flying around the city, some may have been local pros but others were club cyclists judging by their bellies! We dropped in on Soave for lunch, a very picturesque little town complete with a castle for the tourists. We had bruscettas for lunch accompanied by the local wine. A different wine was recommended for every item on the menu.

We cycled through acres of vineyards to Verona, then up a nasty hill to the campsite. It was well worth the climb though – this has to be one of the best campsites I’ve seen, what a setting. We have views of the whole city from the grounds of an old castle, they even sell beer!

views of Vicenza

views of Vicenza

views of Vicenza

views of Vicenza

Agricultural scenery, fields of corn and vinyards

Agricultural scenery, fields of corn and vinyards

Approaching Soave, this is wine country We can just make out the Dolomites through the haze

Approaching Soave, this is wine country
We can just make out the Dolomites through the haze

Soave and the castle

Soave and the castle

View from the restaurant, where a different local wine was recommended with every dish

View from the restaurant, where a different local wine was recommended with every dish

Agata checks the map

Agata checks the map

views from Camping "Castel San Pietro" in Verona

views from Camping “Castel San Pietro” in Verona

views from Camping "Castel San Pietro" in Verona

views from Camping “Castel San Pietro” in Verona

Verona

Verona

Our campsite is up there somewhere

Our campsite is up there somewhere

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