We are finally at the end of our 7 countries Europe Roadtrip travelling through France, Switzerland, Liechstenstein, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy and back to England! Majestic mountains and glaciers, Austria, historic castles, churches and amphitheatres, clean beaches, emerald green lake, Slovenia and the beautiful Adriatic Sea, Croatia! We thought we had done all the exciting bits and were just on our way back to England (driving through Switzerland and France). Little did we know there was more to come with Airbnb on our last stop in Pavia, Italy!
Airbnb is our most recommended suggestion for choosing comfortable, clean, budget, and family friendly accommodation, with bonus of local knowledge about the places we are at. Besides staying with friends, camping or staying at empty houses belonging to our friend’s friends and family(!), Airbnb has really helped with budget travel. We were on our way back from Venice and Verona and didn’t really care where we stayed around Milan. We chose the cheapest one – £25 a night for 4 of us, two double beds, large spacious room. That’s all we knew as the description was in all in Italian and we didn’t bother to google translate it. So glad we didn’t because this is what we ended up with!
A rustic beautiful HUGE old farm run by the friendliest lady Patrizia and her husband. I will let the pictures do the talking 🙂
Not only was the farm absolutely amazing – clean modern room and bathroom, massive kitchen and dining (all to ourselves as we were the only guests there!) – but Patrizia’s father, this lovely old Italian farmer, took the kids out to collect fresh eggs in the morning and then they cooked it themselves with Patrizia. They absolutely LOVED it!
The surrounding area was very fascinating too, not what we had expected to see in Italy. Rice fields all around, river running through the village, and the quirkiest bridge we had ever seen (on boats)! The area was called Parco Ticino, a bit run down and poor but if we had stayed longer, Patrizia offered to take us fishing nearby to another river, where apparently it was very clean and green. Kids had fun at the river we were at, trying to catch fish with their bare hands 🙂
We did have a little mishap there, we had gone in for drinks at the bar by the river and came back to find one of our tires slashed and one tiny windowglass broken – they didn’t steal anything, so not sure who we managed to piss off, or whether it was just some kids being super bored…nothing was stolen and some kind people helped us out, calling the Police, translating for us, driving me and the kids back to the farm while Ashique sorted the tire and filed report with the Police. Patrizia and her husband felt really bad and cooked dinner for us and gave us breakfast the next morning too!
A very unexpected twist to the last stretch of the journey, but that is what travel adventures are all about! Our time in Italy made all the more memorable by our wonderful stay thanks to Patrizia and Airbnb 🙂