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We are off to the north on Monday so have spent our last few days here catching up with the laundry, taking an odd walk and preparing our packing and the car for the long trip back.
Formia has been a good base to allow us to explore the region and we have especially enjoyed the Roman experiences around Mount Vesuvius. It has taken us a little longer to get to places then we had thought, ...
Lazy stroll today around to the old Roman port of Formia.
Again, testament to the building skills of the Romans, the port still remains today and would have been a lovely spot to head out for your fishing trips. It is now in a protected zone but as with most of Italy's ancient remains, is fully accessible to all.
The port is on a walk that loops around the headland and also goes up to an old water storage tank, again in a good state of preservation with views out to sea.
... why we had eaten so much and with such huge portions, why Italians are not fatter!
On Monday Jane and Mark took the train into Rome for a tour of the main sights and lunch, while we enjoyed the sunshine on our roof terrace. We spent our final evening together playing cards... Mark taught us "Spelt".
Drop off back at the airport on Tuesday and was great to see them both and have some English conversation - funny how much you miss it.
... away to countryside. The first hour of the trip saw castles interspersed with modern buildings, though these quickly gave way to hills, fields, and small villages. A quick stop for the kids to have snack and the adults to grab a cappuccino & we were on our way again, headed to our initial location, L'Ape e L'Orso.
Inside the National Park d'Abruzzo, there is an agroturismo known as L'Ape e L'Orso (the bee and the bear). This place lived ...
Today we visited the Villa of Tiberius in Sperlonga. Tiberius was emperor between 14 AD and 37AD, and this was his summer residence for a few years. The villa had been in his mother's family for many generations. He wasn't a popular leader, and had a reputation for being arrogant and gloomy; so much so that there's a story that when the people heard he'd died they started celebrating - but ...