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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 ...
... 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 ...
As planned, we arrived in Formia and found our apartment on Saturday.
Since then we've been taking it easy, exploring the surrounding area and getting our bearings.
We've been up to Gaeta and Sperlonga to see the NATO base and beaches, visited the Formia market and tried (unsuccessfully) to find the Roman Cistern there.