We were well and truly on our way home now and after leaving Croatia, we drove straight through Slovenia, stopping briefly to change a gas bottle and carried on into Italy. Our first stop after a long drive heading to Bologna was the little town of Arzene, there’s a great camper stop with all free amenities and the little town was very pleasant to wonder around for an hour or so.
We continued our journey and the roads became busier with lots of constant holdups as we got closer to the city. We found a parking spot a few kms outside the centre and as we only planned to spend the day in Bologna, we headed off for the afternoon on our bikes to cover more ground.
Bologna is a beautiful city as we thought, the unique brick work and the endless arched arcades, the interesting Piazza Maggiore with the medieval and renaissance structures all make it a pleasure to wonder around, soak up the history and enjoy the bustling culture. The main medieval towers, one which is leaning are very impressive standing side by side in the heart of the old town at Piazza di Porta Ravegnana. We decided as we didn’t have much time we would climb up the Asinelli tower for sunset views over the whole city, this was really awesome and after slowly climbing up almost 500 wooden stairs of this old brick tower, the views from the top (almost 100m up) were unreal, this is definitely something you don’t want to miss if you visit Bologna.
We Stayed at a fabulous place in nature a few kms drive to the west of the city. After being in the hectic city and outskirts for the day, it was lovely to find such a tranquil, relaxed place to spend the night and there was even free toilets and electricity!
Coordinates to the quiet free camping spot; 44.3317 11.192069