Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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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.
... why we had eaten so much and with such huge portions, why Italians are not fatter!
On Monday Jane and Mark took the train into Rome for a tour of the main sights and lunch, while we enjoyed the sunshine on our roof terrace. We spent our final evening together playing cards... Mark taught us "Spelt".
Drop off back at the airport on Tuesday and was great to see them both and have some English conversation - funny how much you miss it.
... 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!
... and Pete) to stay with them at their family home for the week. After getting settled and enjoying Zia Gina's lasagna for dinner, we headed to Al Boschetto to meet up with Lucio and Maria PIa, good friends of Joe and Fil, for an after dinner drink and visit. It is a popular restaurant that has a great atmosphere, often with live music or a DJ and lots of room inside and outside for dining and dancing. It was also a fun way to get Deb and Pete ...