Touring - Wild Camping in Sicily & Sardinia?
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Anybody tried this? I'm planning a tour on these two islands for this spring, and there's a few spots in the interior of each island where campgrounds seem a bit scarce. I'm bringing camping gear and I intend to use it, but if wild camping is truly frowned upon in this part of the world I'd prefer not to offend the locals.
02-13-08, 04:01 PM
Been to Sicily but it wouldn't be the sort of place I could picture pitchin' a tent. Are you *devoted* to camping? What about hotels?
02-13-08, 05:53 PM
My partner is Sicilian. I'd be very careful about trespassing on a Sicialian's land.
Just a little history here, although now part of Europe, Sicily has a lot of influenece from Africa and the middle east. High context societies tend to frown on trespass. Also, any space under cultivation may also violate tort law.
I'm big on stealth camping, but here is what I would do in the absence of a camp ground. I would ask permission from the land owner. Knowing Sicilians you'll probably end up sleeping in their house and enjoying a meal with them. They may also introduce you to all the unmarried relatives within a 10 km range.
The only excuse for wild or stealth camping might be the old 'flat tire' routine. If caught (and this must be late at night), apologize for trespassing on their land but explain you had a flat tire and it got so late that there was no light to repair the tire, so you decided to wait for first light.
By the way, never cook on the site, and make no noise. Camping from dark to first light rarely causes a problem. If you look like you are staying for a week, they may ask you to move on.
02-13-08, 06:33 PM
My partner is Sicilian. I'd be very careful....
(A former partner of mine was also Sicilian.)
Lolly Pop, I wouldn't say I'm *devoted* to camping, but I'm on a fairly tight budget and I frequently find my own tent and sleeping bag to be more pleasant and homelike than a lot of the hotels and hostels I've stayed in.
Stokell, thanks for the historical background, I've been reading up on Sicilian history but little bits of info like yours do more than any textbook to help me understand a society. Rather than put myself in a position where I might have to apologize and make up stories about flat tires, etc., it looks like I'll be spending one or two more nights in a hotel.
02-14-08, 02:15 AM
I think that is a wise decision. "When in Rome. . . " and all that. ;)
Have a good time.
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