My brother lives in Austria and flights from Marseille to anywhere close to him costs around €400. So, rather than paying all that money for my husband and I to fly there, we drove.
We drove through Italy and arrived in Austria in the evening after spending the day in the car.
To break up the journey, we decided to stop off in Italy somewhere for lunch, so we stopped at Piacenza. I've never heard of it before, but we were hungry so stopped at the next town off the motorway.
We didn't spend long in Piacenza which is a shame as it looked beautiful. We found parking and walked into town to find a stunning huge building - Palazzo Gotico. My husband had recently hurt his ankle, so was wearing a big boot thing so couldn't walk far, which is why we didn't stay and explore more.
We went to a little restaurant next to the Piazza Cavalli Piacenza for lunch. We got the menu and didn't understand a word. I ordered a spaghetti something and my husband got a carbonara. And, oh my days, it was so delicious.
They both had pieces of bacon in them, but not the kind that you have to chew for ages. It melted in my mouth and was so delicious with the tomato sauce it was in.
It was cheap too. Around €25 for 2 plates of pasta and a drink each. I guess it's because it was a little hidden restaurant and out of tourist season. Either way, it was scrumptious and filled us up for the next couple of hours of the journey.
I wish we could have stayed longer as it seemed like a really lovely city to explore and walk around. There is a big Duomo which I wish I could have visited - you know how much I love a good church. Maybe one day in the future we can come back for a weekend!