Our last visit to the Mugello circuit was in 2009 and we were discussing the potential for our return there in 2018. Although the MotoGP event was still six months away we were a little on the late side in terms of planning, so the first thing I had to do was check that tickets were still available. I've never been one for reading Terms and Conditions, but a line in the text caught my eye: "Entrance to the circuit is not allowed for motorcycles, scooters or quads, regardless of engine size" - and that's why Lorraine and I found ourselves in Vico Equense, a coastal town in southern Italy, instead of watching MotoGP at Mugello.
We'd been to Mugello previously, in 2006 and again in 2008. On both occasions, entering and leaving the circuit had been a nightmare because coaches, cars, vans, flat top trucks and minibuses, in addition to thousands upon thousands of bikes meant it took an age to inch our way to freedom. Since then, I'd always wished that four-wheeled vehicles would be barred from entering circuits at bike races - but to ban bikes from entering? Ultimately, we decided against MotoGP and settled on a trip further south to visit Pompeii and Vesuvius. We were very excited to be going, but we never anticipated just how spectacular and how enjoyable our holiday in Italy would turn out to be.
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