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Sunday, November 23, 2014
After breakfast this morning the German man who owned all the land and home up the road and his 'friend/driver' dropped in and we also heard quite a few stories (not necessarily good) about Zio Mario and how intense he was. Then we packed and weighed the bags and guess what – my bag is not too heavy. Craig keeps making me feel guilty about it ...
... in Rome in the Trastevere area and we are going to the show (begins at 10.30 pm – will I stay awake??). Too much to eat but wonderful day.
Saturday: Slept in, did the washing and then went into Cisterna to do some shopping – once again mainly for gifts including for Antonietta. It was quite busy in there today but good to see. Light lunch at home and hanging around doing organizational things ...
... walls, rejoicing in the lush damp conditions. The setting is indescribably atmospheric, with roses scrambling for footholds in ruined archways, and the frescoed church wall still standing open to the weather. Roses, banana trees, maples and resident ducks thrive in the microclimate of Ninfa. The dampness of the location, under the hills facing the coastal plain, leads to an unusual mixture of ...
... the office so we gave up – worth about $20 to us.
The flight was fine and on time and lovely cousin Toni was waiting for us at Fiumincino. All the boys and grandchildren were there again tonight. Very noising but loads of fun and food once again fantastic. Best prosciutto. Toni’s home made in Fuschi was magnificent. It is also a LOT warmer in Italy – summer yet again!
Today we visited the Gardens of Ninfa, said (by Monty Don amongst others) to be the most romantic gardens in the world.
The town of Ninfa was established by the Romans and grew very wealthy, but was abandoned in the 17th Century. It was uninhabited until the creation of the current gardens began in the 1920s.
Some buildings have been restored, but mostly it's medieval ruins with exotic plants and lots of naturalised ...