Un Po in camper, Day 8 – Control of the territory and safety advice

February 21, 2023 – Today I decided to stop for a morning to do some work. Although the area I have chosen is not in perfect shape, it is very quiet. So, I decided to take advantage of it. In the middle of the morning, while I was giving Yoda a little “unleashed”, the Carabinieri showed up. Very kind and professional, they told me that my presence had already been reported the day before and therefore they came to check. Gesture that I find appreciable. If on the one hand there is a bit of annoyance when people tend to let the culture of suspicion prevail, I can only approve of the care with which the territory is kept under control by the police.

After the ritual verification of Falkor’s and my documents, we chatted a bit. I explained to him why I was there and what my plans are. I received some information in return. The first is that right there, where I had just slept, two bodies were found in the past (at different times), so “although it is a quiet area, I might have done better to warn the Carabinieri that I would have stopped for the night in a so isolated”! Okay, nobody came by at night…

The second is that there is a regional law in the Veneto region according to which in the floodplains (the flat areas between the bank of a stream and its embankment) is not possible to park. However, not having the Municipality put up signs, I obviously didn’t risk a fine. I pointed out to him that I stopped there because there is a sign that says “rest area” and that on other occasions I have even seen the parking sign in similar areas. However, I was forgiven. And they warned me that in an unspecified area further on, there would be nocturnal and open-air public meetings between homosexual people… In short, behind the cordiality, it seemed to me that the advice was not to stay too long!

So, in the afternoon I left that place of crime and perdition

Useful information

  • Where to sleep: in the rest area (not for campers) Valle dei Nati di Occhiobello in via Boccalara, near the embankment. No services, but it’s next to a park equipped with picnic tables. The trees have just been planted, so in summer it must be a little too exposed to the sun…
  • Where to eat: Tuesday was closed, so I couldn’t try it, but a kilometer and a half away is Il Pacero Pizzeria and Tigelleria
  • Camper service: In Stienta, about six kilometers away, there is a camper parking area with loading and unloading, but without electricity. I haven’t had the opportunity to try it


Paolo Galvani

Nato nel 1964, è giornalista professionista dal 1990 e imprenditore dal 2007. Si occupa di tecnologia dalla fine degli Anni '80, prima come giornalista poi come traduttore specializzato, e da circa tre decenni ama girare in camper. Dalla fine di maggio del 2019 è diventato "fulltimer". A luglio 2019 ha lanciato il blog

Born in 1964, he has been a professional journalist since 1990 and an entrepreneur since 2007. He has been involved in technology since the end of the 1980s, first as a journalist and then as a specialized translator, and for about three decades he has loved traveling in a motorhome. Since the end of May 2019 he has become a "fulltimer". In July 2019 he launched the blog