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Provincia di Frosinone

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  • Day4

    Rome to Naples

    November 5 in Italy

    Checked out after early breakfast and on our way to Naples we stopped at the Pope's summer place Castelgandolfo. Another rainy morning forced us into a cafe cutting our tour short... rain stopped so we tried again only to get 1/2 block and the skies opened again. Quick trip through a few shops and back on our van, continue the journey south. Lunch today is at Marco Carpeneti winery and vineyard. Through the clouds we took in their view. Then onto the tour. Roberta was very informative and explained the history of this family run winery.
    Next the tasting:
    Small plates (so they said) were lining the table: fresh bread with their own olive oil, vegetable soup, olives, cheese, bacon and prosciutto, baked pumpkin with rosemary and most important the wines. Wonderful! Only bought 1 bottle of their brut, 14 Euros. May not make it home.
    Back on the road heading for our hotel in Naples for the next couple of nights.
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  • 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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  • Day51

    Aquino

    May 28, 2017 in Italy

    The last three days we have spent in the midst of wonderful Italian hospitality. We visited Maria and her family in Aquino. Maria is my grandparents friend who was originally from Guernsey before she moved to Italy with her husband. I have often heard my grandparents talk of Maria, her family and the nearby Monte Cassino so we could not miss the opportunity to pop by on our trip. We stayed with Maria in Aquino and met her three children and four grandchildren.

    Stuart finally experienced real Italian home cooking and safe to say that he adored it! As my mum put it he was in his element "good food and good company". Maria's daughters, Stella and Anna-Maria both hosted us for pranzo (long lunch with pasta as a mere starter...!) finished off with Italian coffee which Stuart is enjoying very much!

    After having lunch made for us by Maria and meeting her son Carlo on Friday, we headed to Stella's house for the largest pizzas I have ever seen with all the family. In the garden we saw fireflies which I got a little childishly excited about!

    On Saturday we had a traditional Napolitano soup, followed by Buffalo - which neither of us had tried before - home grown beans and home made salcicce washed down with home made wine at Anna Maria's. Late afternoon we headed to the Abbey of Monte Cassino which is a short drive away. Perched on top of the mountain this incredible place has been destroyed four times and rebuilt, most recently during terrible fighting in the second world war. We were not prepared for how impressive the Abbey is both inside and for the views. We then headed down the mountain to visit the Polish and then the Commonwealth cemeteries paying tribute to those who lost their lives trying to take back the Abbey and the surroundings from the Nazi stronghold in 1944.

    Today we went to Mass in the church in Aquino followed by a cafe in the Piazza where everyone congregates on a Sunday to meet and drink more coffee. We could definitely get used to the culture here. Another huge pranzo followed on the terrace at Stella's house with a view of Monte Cassino.. On the drive out this afternoon Stuart commented that he was very sad to leave. We were made to feel completely welcome and will definitely plan to return again to visit everyone and try to see all the places that we will sadly not have time to see this trip.

    We have now arrived in Pompeii to visit the "scavi" and Naples.. will write again in a few days.
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  • Day12

    Technical update

    May 22, 2017 in Italy

    Stopped for lunch in a motorway service area. Very busy place. After the second puncture which once again was nothing to do with anything being picked up from the road. I strongly suggest to anyone restoring a car. Do not buy cheap inner tubes. The TC came with good quality new tyres and very thin cheap tubes. The two good tubes I brought are now in the rear wheels and they weigh at least double the weight of the two which have punctured. I managed to get the thin tube repaired for an emergency. When we get to Malta I will order four heavy duty tubes and replace both fronts and the spare
    We have swapped from A roads to toll roads as the surface of the dual carriageway on non toll roads can be terrible with too many pot holes. The TC suspension can't really cope and we are sick of being bounced out of our seats.

    The repair didn't work. The spare tyre was flat when we reached tonight's hotel.
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  • Day14

    Cassino, Italien

    September 12 in Italy

    We arrive in Cassino at lunchtime and immediately move into a beautiful apartment we had previously booked. Then we head to the nearby montecassino. This is a monastery was totally destroyed in the second world war and got later rebuilt after the original plans. All art treasures of the monastery were brought to Rome by a German officer to safety before the monastery was destroyed. More than 20,000 young soldiers lost their lives on montecassino. Today, the monastery is back in the old splendor and you have a magnificent view of the beautiful landscape aroundRead more

  • Day6

    Monte Casino

    March 18, 2017 in Italy

    It took 45 years to build the Abby and 45 minutes to destroy it. They dropped notes in the town area to warn them to get out before thy bombed so they fled to the Abby thinking that they would be safe. But the Germans still bombed the Abby.

    St. Benedict and Christian monks. benedictine

    1560 ft elevation

    There had several beautiful white doves.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincia di Frosinone, Frosinone

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