Breakfast a cute little art nouveau cafe for Caffe Lattes and Croissants. An amazing view out to the tuscany landscape beautiful small homes on surrounding hills. Our neighbor in the morning woke Jessica with Italian soap operas at 6:30 am playing it at top sound, seeping through the stone walls.
We drive out on small roads to look at hill towns and tree lined drives, headed toward Lake Bolsena. We are on a great road headed right on, when it is closed and off we are on tiny small roads winding through the country side most likely adding another 40 mins on to the drive, ops.
But the road and entry into lake Bolsena is lovely as well as the castle on the hill that we drive around on the way to Civtia. We park and walk on a path to the small bridge that takes you over to the beautiful hill town overlooking canyons on colors and small farms. So beautiful. WE see an old well, rain water collected and eat in an old well.
The town now looks very touristy, but when we were there there was only Italian tourist. Nice, When I was there in 1986 there were 3 older people in the town square and that was it, now it is 8+ restaurants and places to stay plus shopping. But in the winter everything is very down played and simple.
We drove on to stay near the Airport at a great little B and B we found on booking.com, which I had never used but jessica had and liked it, it worked great. We were greeted warmly and had the whole place to ourselves.
I can’t believe how fast the trip went.
Wow, We slept in and had a nice breakfast and then Jessica was off to the Airport and I went on to Ostia. On the way to the airport a whole flock of sheep had their own overpass, I kept noticing sheep in the fields and thought how romantic they made the landscape look. Sheep, how romantic.
Ostia Roman ruins from the 2nd century in the flight path of the Rome Airport, a strange juxtaposition. The umbrella pines are fantastic,
so beautiful on a slightly drizzling kind of day. I walked toward the main gate imagining all the goods coming and going by cart back in 200 CE. Huge baths and mosaic floors. Shops and people at the major Roman port. I love the “bar” restaurant where I could serve you up a nice Vintage,
Just laying about….. And again why winter visits are so amazing, 4 cars in the whole parking area.
Now it is off to Tanzania for a whole new Adventure…..