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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.
This weekend our friends Jane and Mark made the trip from Devon to visit us :-)
Lovely Saturday evening out at Max's Beergarden, our local restaurant, for a huge meal of genuine Italian pasta and gnocchi.
On Sunday we went to Gaeta - the next town along from Formia - for a stroll along the docks and whilst not the original plan, an extended lunch watching the boats and people in the sunshine. After that, all we could manage was a subdued ...
... pointed out the horses. "Boys. Those are cows," I told them. The cow-horse is now infamous in my mind! In addition to cow-horses, we saw some wild animals such as red deer and red fox. We heard the wolves, but sadly never saw them at the sanctuary on Friday. I also had the chance to hear a bear loud and clear from across the river early Friday morning. Three or four loud calls followed by the pop of a gun, two or three more ...
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 ...