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... would have been nicer if there was a bit more going on around the place, although the relative tranquility has been good.
We think it is fair to say that the south of Italy has a slightly different feel to the north and now we have seen the sights, we will not be rushing back.
We have had the odd problem with the apartment and utilities but after proving a dodgy water meter ...
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 ...
... to relocate the hives for the future. Friday morning also brought a visit to the Wolf Museum in Civitella Alfedena (the village we were staying in), as well as the Wolf Sanctuary, and all the kids favorite - souvenir shopping! After lunch and a short recess, we boarded the bus back to Rome. It wasn't until our drive back that I realized just how much I had needed this trip for my soul. I'm loving Rome and have adjusted well to city life, but I am a nature girl at ...
... It's still used occasionally today for concerts and night tours. The statues that used to stand there have been moved to museums in Naples and Rome, but the villa museum still has some parts and reconstructions - some of them were enormous!