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It was raining today and really cold so we took in the local museum full of Roman antiquities found in recent local excavations, it was small but still astounding that it was over 2000 years ago and they were so civilised. We had a turn up and down the Corso and then went for lunch at the highly anticipated Da Gino, it is only open for lunch and didn't disappoint. We took a little more care than yesterday ...
... for Madonna, the singer, not the virgin! It was so cold so we had the old 13th C town to ourselves and a few curious locals. We wandered over the ruins of the old castle, took in wonderful views in time for our reservation for lunch. We weren't given a menu at Taverna Caldora, it was all fresh from the kitchen, we had baccala with a light pesto, fried lamb with marinated vegetables and potato, fresh goats curd and heaps of bread, this was followed by ...
For a little variety and to remind ourselves of why we left the cold for winter we caught the 3.5hr train trip through Tivoli to an old country town Sulmona, the birth place of Ovid the Roman Poet. Our B&B, il Marchese del Grillo, is newly rebuilt and with a generous hostess Marta who made us very welcome. Armed with maps and directions we walked around the 13th C town with narrow streets and charmingly old views all around. Snowmelt was dripping ...
... views and very Italian. The mozzarella was one of the best things I've ever had. The milk from the buffalo is richer at this farm compared to most because they pamper their buffalo with mozart, baths, and massages. A happy buffalo makes for better milk. I also got some gelato which was equally as amazing. ...
... 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 ...