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  • Day15

    Italien

    October 13 in Italy

    Cividavechia die zweite, letzte Woche war ich doch schon mal hier und hab genau im dem selben Restaurant Pizza gegessen 😄

    Ein kleines gemütliches Örtchen vor Rom. Das Wetter war wunderbar und super zum Spazierengehen 😊

    Wir sind gestern Nacht um 23 Uhr ankommen und es sind zwei von der Crew, nach Rom gefahren. Total cool, mitten in der Nacht und die Stadt war leer 🌠

  • Day31

    The Colosseum

    July 28 in Italy

    The main attraction of the ancient city of Rome would have to be the Colosseum. This really is an amazing structure. The scale of this building takes one's breath away. Even today it is a huge theatre. The incredible thing is that it was built 2000 years ago. It was built using the Jewish money and Jewish slave labour the was taken from Jerusalem in the successful Roman siege of Jerusalem in AD 70. Some cheeky New York Jews have been known to make the point that it really should be regarded as a Jewish building given that it was built using Jewish money, labour resources and expertise.

    The Colosseum was Nero's gift to the Romans to entertain them and buy their support for his rule and policy. He opened the theatre with a festival which went for 100 days during which spectacles were held every morning, midday and afternoon. It was gladiators versus animals in the morning. It was executions during lunchtime, often involving criminals being thrown to wild animals, being crucified or being killed by the Roman sword. In the afternoons it was fighting to the death between gladiators. Sometimes the gladiators numbered in their hundreds. It was reported in the displayed information that 11,000 gladiators were involved in one festival.

    The Colosseum is a testimony to the cruelty of man. It represents the kinds of conduct that even the most sophisticated ancient society was involved in. Human beings are not much better than animals when such sport is the preferred entertainment of the people.

    The arena was at times filled with water and naval battles took place using full-size naval ships. Sometimes the drama of the event told the story of famous battles the Roman emperor felt should be told to communicate their greatness.

    The Colosseum is one of the best places we visited.
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  • Day31

    The Old City of Rome

    July 28 in Italy

    Today we ventured out to see the main ancient and cultural sights of Rome. We walked a long way, but were rewarded with seeing some amazing things. We saw Piazza Navona, The Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, Trajan's column, Hadrian's column, to name just a few. We really walked a long way and it is tough on the feet walking on the cobbled streets of Rome all day. We did feel like pinching ourselves at times as we walked past such amazing places.Read more

  • Day31

    After visiting the Colosseum, we went for a walk up the Palatine Hill and through the ancient Roman Forum. This was the centre of the city in ancient Roman times. The forum was where all the main city squares, Temples and Administrative buildings were located. There are huge areas being excavated and they are uncovering more archaeology all the time.

    In this area, we saw the Arch of Constantine, the famous arch of Titus celebrating the victorious siege of Jerusalem in AD 70 and the arch of Septimus Severus. We also climbed Palatine hill to see the amazing view the emperor's of Rome had from their palatial location on the top of the hill. We also saw the location of the Temple of Julius Caesar, his burial location, in the centre of the forum area.Read more

  • Day19

    Florence to Rome

    September 26, 2017 in Italy

    We took the speed train to Rome this morning, arriving in early afternoon. The trains travel at a speed of over 200 mph, but it never felt like it. On the other hand, the taxi ride to our hotel was much more exciting. We only had a short opportunity to sightsee today as we picked up our tickets for tomorrow's Papal audience! Early start in the morning.

  • Day20

    Rome now and in the past

    September 27, 2017 in Italy

    Yup, that's the Pope! We got up early to get to Saint Peter's Square for a papal audience today. We followed the advice of the priest who handled the tickets and got into a position for a close up photo op. Very exciting day. The man was about 6 feet from us.
    We also took a walking tour of the Colosseum and other historic sites this evening. We are tired, but content. Sistin Chapel tomorrow.

  • Day278

    Laghetto

    March 31, 2017 in Italy

    Sorry for the recent lack of updates: Vicky has had a knitting project with a deadline- nearly finished now though!

    There isn't much to say about Laghetto. Our previous night had been spent more than 80km from Rome and we hadn't wanted to spend half a day driving before arriving in the capital. Laghetto was marked as a free car park on the outskirts of Rome. From here it would be a short drive to the central stopover. It was beside a few independent shops, eateries and a very busy main road. There was no sign indicating it was a designated stopover so we parked near the road to minimise any obstruction to shoppers. The vehicle noise made it a noisy night and Poppy got scared by the dogs who barked at her from multiple locations and the strays she saw wandering when she went out for the toilet. However, it served its purpose and we set off for our adventures in Rome the following morning.Read more

  • Day275

    Strangolagalli

    March 28, 2017 in Italy

    Managing to avoid the mopeds that treated pedestrian crossings as their own roadway, we left lively Naples behind and joined the toll motorway that would take us half way to Rome, to a town called Strangolagalli where there was a free stopover. We paid the toll for several reasons: we felt we'd done enough difficult driving on the small Italian roads for a while, time was getting tight and we wanted to zip through the area between Naples and Rome because we had been warned it was awful and was referred to in the guidebook as the 'Triangle of Death' due to the strong Mafia presence, finally being so close to Will's TIA there was an increased chance of a repeat occurance or something worse so Vicky was doing all the driving.

    Apart from the lack of landslide damage and being able to travel at a constant speed, another advantage of paying the toll road were the 'free' camper van points for emptying waste and filling with fresh water at motorway services. Unfortunately we couldn't get to the LPG pumps because the canoe on the roof rack made the van too tall for the 3.5 meter height restriction.

    Arriving at Stangolagalli we were relieved to find signs to the stopover and were blown away with the view of rolling green hills and far off scree slopes of snow capped mountains spread out before us. Instead of tightly clustered towns clinging to hill tops with not much in the way of dwellings between, the villages and towns were far more spread out, with larger homes that again reminded us of Austria.

    We took a tour of the town during the afternoon closing time. It appeared sleepy but friendly and was in a good state of repair compared to the places we were used to. We had crossed in to the region of Lazio, where Rome is based and there were (almost) litter free squares with recycling bins and modern stone benches for the community socialise. We were impressed with the majority of what we saw, but the tell tale bottles of water left on people's doorsteps told us this was yet another place without clean drinking water in homes.

    We dropped in to a café on the edge of town for a 80 cent coffee and the person serving was so friendly, chatting away in English and explaining that they only did icecream in summer. We returned to the main street the following day intending to go to the cafè for a drink and biscuit before picking up some shopping. We were plesantly waylaid by a morning market that lined the road, selling groceries, fresh fish, household items and clothes. We ended up coming away laden with bags of nuts and vegetables. The young woman at the vegetable stall had positively beamed at us when we began asking her in Italian for some mushrooms. She had seemed so pleased to use a bit of English in return and threw in the 2 capsicum chillis we wanted for free. We continued to a little place we'd seen yesterday that made and sold fresh pasta and as well as the gorgeous looking tray of tagliatelle for two (still covered in flour from the chopping board) we came away with a free crescent of fennel seed bread to eat with it and the ragu we had promised to have as an accompaniment.

    On to the cafè and although a different person served us, yesterday's assistant popped her head round the kitchen door to say hello and to jokingly inform Vicky that there was still no icecream! We chose a slice of crostata (tart) and 3 lovely looking mini pastries (with a fourth being added by the assistant). When we'd got ourselves settled at a table with our drinks, she came over and presented us with a cornetto (a large Italian croissant) cut in half and topped with a drizzle of white glazing, saying 'you must try our cornetto, it is a little big but I think you will love it'! We loved it so much that we returned for breakfast the following morning!

    We half expected to pay for the extras but they weren't included on the bill that only came to €4! Our minds felt blown away by the warmth and generosity of the people who had gone over and above to make us foreign strangers feel welcome and accepted in their little town.
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  • Day278

    Rome Day 1

    March 31, 2017 in Italy

    We made it to the large car park with a €20 per night camper stop and services at about 11am. An attendant showed us to our bay and after ensuring Poppy was ok, we grabbed our sun hats and set off to experience Italy's capital city!

    It was about a 2km walk to reach the edge of the historical centre. The area we passed through had many high rise buildings and seemed neglected. There were several homeless people and a market selling piles of clothes for €1 per item. We took a short cut through a park but it was strewn with litter. People had tried to keep it clean by using the bins but the authorities obviously hadn't emptied them in a while, it seemed they were more focused on the presentation of the tourist areas than the cleanliness of residential amenities.

    Our first port of call was the grandiose Colloseum whose scale it was difficult to get a perspective on. Pushy touts swarmed around the tourist hive and we nearly got roped into giving a seller money, literally. He spun us a yarn and put bracelets on our wrists as 'gifts', before asking for money for his baby. It ended with us placing the bracelets on a railing because he refused to take them back. After 30 minutes queuing for tickets and being processed in the airport style scanners, we were finally in. We've seen a few Roman ampitheatres on our travels and this was the most imposing. Others have had a beauty to them, but we found this huge structure's allure was the solid strength it exuded. Perhaps the difference was due to how intact the ancient building was.

    A visit to a gelateria refuelled us with some interesting flavours of ice cream, green tea, cointreau and orange peal to name a few. We'd entered the historical centre of Rome by now and couldn't believe the concentration of majestic historic structures. No other city we have visited even comes close. Everywhere we turned there was something to look at, whether crumbled ruins or towering columns supporting well maintained roofs. We stumbled accross many things that would appear spectacular in other cities but faded in significance in the midst of all the other grand places.

    The temperature was well into the 20s so we sought refuge inside an air conditioned restaurant for a healthy(ish) lunch of simple pizza and cous cous with vegetables.

    From several different points around the city we'd seen a splendid white columned building with bronze effigies of horse drawn chariots and winged charioteers on top. It turned out to be the Vittoriano, a 20th century construction that among other things, provided views over the city from its terrace and for a price, access to the top level for an even better perspective. It felt like we walked miles around this huge place trying to find the way in, not that there wasn't sights to amuse us along the way! Our favourite was a piazza containing huge statues, most of them in white marble but some in bronze. We felt dwarfed by their sheer size and number. Once inside the Vittoriano, a richly decorated building with large moulded roses on its arched ceiling, we climbed up and looked out over the terrace on to the tops of domes and stone buildings. We had planned to go all the way to the top but it was getting late and the sun was shining from behind the main views, making them difficult to see to best effect.

    Our last visit of the day was to the Pantheon, a circular building with marble pillars arranged in a rectangle at the front, so as to provide an impressive wide entrance. From the outside, its rounded brick walls were nothing much to look at, save for their size, but the interior design and works of art were stunning. The building was beautifully proportioned and its ornately decorated walls, with alcoves for statues or frescoes, led up to a more simplistic domed roof, in the centre of which was a 8.7m wide circular opening (the oculus), to the blue sky above.

    More than a little tired and overwhelmed with all we'd seen, we returned to our stopover. There were several areas for campers and one of these seemed to be devoted to people who we supposed to be living there full time. Perhaps it was cheaper than renting an apartment?
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  • Day281

    Montalto Marina

    April 3, 2017 in Italy

    Seeking a bit of nature after the hustle and bustle of Rome, we high tailed it North to Montalto Marina. There was a community of perhaps 30 vans parked up in a spacious grassy field bordered by trees, shrubs and bamboo. The stopover was free until May, at which point it began to charge. Over the quiet road was a plantation of tall pines whose high canopy provided shade and space for a play park and picnic area below. Through the trees was the sleepy town and beyond that, a dark sand beach. We strolled along the sand and took in the refreshing sea air before going back to what we saw as our little haven. We assume that many of the vans were regulars who lived relatively close, because as Sunday evening drew closer, all but a handful of them departed.

    We stayed two nights to unwind and catch up with some projects. Magpies and Pied Wagtails descended to clear the crumbs left by other campers and on the second day we were lucky enough to see a few Cattle Egrets land in the field to feast on the flies and other insects in the tall grass. If we'd seen this species before, we'd not been close enough to identify it, so it was a real pleasure to be able to watch these bright white heron-like birds, stalking up and down the field, the blush of peachy plumage flowing down their backs.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Lazio, Latium, لاتسيو, Latsio, لاتزیا, Лацыа, Лацио, Lacio, Lazi, Laziu, Λάτιο, Latio, لاتزیو, Lacion, Là-chhè-o, Lacij, לאציו, लात्सियो, Լացիո, Latíum, ラツィオ州, ლაციო, 라치오 주, Lassio, Làsio, Lacijus, Лацио муж, Lazzio, Laci, ਲਾਤਸੀਓ, Lacjum, صوبہ لیزیو, Lácio, लेजिओ, Lazziu, แคว้นลาซีโอ, Лаціо, Łasio, 拉素, 拉齐奥

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