Due to our unexpected sight seeing tour around Mt. Etna this morning we arrived in Tropea after 8:00 pm. Normally this wouldn’t have been a big issue but we had no room reservation. Neither of us was for pitching the tent and using our sleeping bags.
I pulled over to the side of the road: (a) in front of us was a restaurant, (b) then a pedestrian only street, (c) then a one-way street coming at us, (d) people everywhere and (e) did I mention we had been on the road for ten hours and it was dark like in night dark.
Of course we were illegally parked. However, unlike the U.S. no one honked at us. Most likely they assumed it was an Italian driver driving the Texas licensed 4Runner and everyone knows Italians only park where it is illegal!
Long story short on our second try we found a great place to stay. OK, it was on the second floor or three flights up and outside of the high side of our lodging budget but it is now 8:45 and we want a room.
The following morning after a great breakfast we went exploring. The views were great but damn I forgot my binoculars.