82km of 3686km so far…
Me and Christoph cycled together to Mantova which is only 10km from Rivalta Saint Mincio. He would spend the entire day there, where I wanted to move on, but instead of going to Verona where I was planning to go and meet Romeo and Juliet, I was convinced to head east toward the little town of Montagnana.
Mantova is a very nice city indeed. It is surrounded by a river and has an old nice city in the center. Maybe I should have spend a extra day there as well to explore it but also get some rest.
The weather was a lot nicer today after the morning fog was cleared and I wouldn’t mind going back to a camp site. But being Sunday with everything closed the easy option was a hostel again that I knew where exactly it is.
The only interesting part of today’s ride was the town of Legnago, where I stopped for an ice cream. There is a river just at the border of the town, with a really nice, but short cycle path.
I moved on quickly, as I wanted to have plenty of day light light in Montagnana. I got there at around 5pm, unpack my stuff, had a shower and I was out again in an hour. The main point of interest of the town is the medieval castle. It dates from 1400, is surrounded by very tall walls, the best preserved examples of medieval walls in Europe and inside there are many houses, a few churches and of course many restaurants and cafes. I spend a good couple of hours wondering around, before I started getting hungry.
I went to a restaurant for dinner, in desire for some good pasta. Without understanding much of the menu and without paying much attention, I ordered something random from the page where I saw carbonara, thinking that’s the pasta section. But unfortunately it was a pizza. It’s the last three days that I am having pizzas for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t get me wrong, I am in Italy and the pizzas are great here, but it’s a little too much for everyday. I’ve been in so many restaurants and that’s all they have.
The hostel it self was ok, but I was unlucky that its section within one of Montagnana‘s towers was closed. Other than that for â‚¬21 is the most expensive one I’ve been so far in Italy. It didn’t have breakfast and they wouldn’t give away their internet to the guests.