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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 ...
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 ...
... 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 ...
... became clear that he hadn't actually died, his bodyguard smothered him with a pillow!
The villa itself was huge and they're still excavating it, but you can clearly see the layout of the central courtyard, individual rooms, a couple of bread ovens and the gymnasium.
The grotto is a natural sea cave that the Romans adapted to display statues and built walls to create ...