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... to the state of the roads (appalling) and understanding of the Italian driving (ignore all speed limits, road signs, no overtaking areas, etc).
Formia itself is not exactly picturesque which is such a shame, as it has the sea on one side and the mountains in the background, so everything you could really want. The area is clearly a popular holiday destination for the Naples and Rome set ...
The Garden of Ninfa is a landscape garden in the territory of Cisterna di Latina, in the province of Latina, central Italy. The park has an area of 105 hectares, and is an Italian natural monument. Bucket List item successfully accomplished. We have planned our entire trip around this place. Only open one Sunday each month, and closed from November 3rd for the Winter. The beautiful Gardens of ...
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 ...
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 ...