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Provincia di Viterbo

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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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  • Day33

    Civita de Bagnoregio

    October 1, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    First up for today was a visit to Civita di Bagnoregio. This is a small town in the Province of Viterbo in central Italy. This whole area is beautiful and just what I imagined Italy to be. Green rolling hills covered with a patchwork of fields in different stages of harvesting, sun shining and another brilliant blue sky.

    And we are getting better at this driving on the wrong side of the road gig. We had a couple of lapses when we would realise we were driving Aussie style but thankfully that was on empty roads so no near misses. We made it in one piece again.

    Civita di Bagnoregio sits on top of a plateau, like an island, and is in constant danger of destruction as the edges of the plateau collapse due to erosion. It was founded by Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago but by the end of the 17th century the bishop and the municipal government were forced to move to Bagnoregio because of a major earthquake that accelerated the old town's decline.

    It is now known in Italian as La città che muore, The Dying Town. Civita has only recently been experiencing a tourist revival and is only accessible by walking a long and very steep walkway. It was a bit of a climb and the heights got a bit dizzying at times.

    Because of its isolation it is very much unaltered and still has the original charm of an old Italian town.
    The population today varies from about 7 people in winter to more than 100 in summer.

    The town was placed on the World Monuments Fund's 2006 Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites, because of threats it faces from erosion.

    It was a lovely town to explore, very picturesque, and it was just amazing that where we stood at some of the look out points were right on the edge of the cliff face. A wee bit scary.
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  • Day33

    Parco dei Mostri - Park of Monsters

    October 1, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    Second stop today was a park built in the 16th century called
    The Park of the Monsters, or “Parco dei Mostri,” in the Garden of Bomarzo. It was commissioned in 1552 by Prince Pier Francesco Orsini as an expression of grief designed to shock.

    The Prince, also known as Vicino, had just been through a brutal war, had his friend killed, been held for ransom for years, and come home only to have his beloved wife die. Racked with grief, the Prince wanted to create a shocking “Villa of Wonders” and hired architect Pirro Ligorio to help him do so. Ligorio was a widely respected architect and artist and had previously completed the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Rome after the death of Michelangelo.

    The park is filled with bizarre and fascinating sculptures, most of which have survived the test of time. Among the pieces are a war elephant, a monstrous fish-head, a giant tearing another giant in half, and a house built on a tilt to disorient the viewer. Perhaps the most frightening piece in the garden is an enormous head, mouth opened wide in a scream. The accompanying inscription reads “all reason departs” and it is known as the Mouth of Hell.

    While there is no way of truly knowing how the Prince felt about the park, the final addition indicates that perhaps he was getting over his melancholy. Built 20 years after the park was begun, it is not a monster but a temple, built to honor his second wife.

    It was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon and we were pretty impressed that we managed to navigate the Italian countryside to find it.
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  • Day32

    Bolsena (IT)

    August 8, 2017 in Italy ⋅

    A day of mixed fortunes. Tyre burst and ripped to shreds in the middle of nowhere. Put on my sad look face and rang a doorbell at a small factory. One of the workers loaded me, my bike and all my bags into his car, and took me to the nearest town.

    Dropped me off at a workshop, I guess he knew one of the staff. Was told to wait two minutes and he took off on his scooter. Came back after thirty minutes with a second hand tyre and tube. Back on the road again !!

    Camp tonight right on the shore of Lake Bolsena. Evening intertainment watching a plane skimming over the lake scooping water to put out a fire in the hills behind the town.
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  • Day351

    Day 352: Etruscan Necropolis

    February 1, 2018 in Italy ⋅

    Day trip today, out of the city along the coast to the north-west. We were heading for the Etruscan Necropolis of Tarquinia - essentially a cemetery for Etruscan nobles, dating from roughly 700-300 BC. The Etruscans were a local tribe that were one of the dominant powers of Italy until they eventually succumbed to Rome.

    It was a long journey out - a 15 minute tram to Termini, a 75 minute train ride, then a 15 minute bus ride into town. From there we needed another bus to the actual cemetery, but decided to walk the 20 minutes instead. But it was definitely worth it!

    There's two spots for this world heritage site, and we'd chosen this one because the tombs you can see are richly decorated and that sounded more interesting than the alternative. And they definitely didn't disappoint! Lots of fantastic paintings on the underground chambers including banquets, hunting and fishing, music, dancing, fashion, animals, religious iconography like the doors of the underworld, and a couple of odd things as well like two men whipping a woman (in an erotic way), and a guy doing a poo (??!?).

    All quite interesting, and we spent more time than expecting wandering around. The general area has thousands of tombs, though only a small percentage are actually decorated (ie, the tombs of the nobility aka people who could afford to decorate their tombs). But it was all very interesting and we were glad to have visited.

    Unfortunately for us, the train only ran quite infrequently - every two hours! And we'd missed one. So after walking back into town and realising we had a 30 minute wait for a 10 minute bus, then another 30 minute wait for the train, we opted for a 45 minute walk down to the station instead. It wasn't a super nice walk but at least it was mostly downhill and gave us something to do!

    Finished the long journey home around 6:30 after setting out around 9am - a long day for us, and a long day for our poor lonely dog as well. We'd left him at home under the impression that dogs weren't permitted in the cemetery, which unfortunately wasn't the case. But we didn't tell him that.

    After a rest we headed out to a local Roman restaurant where we both had local pasta dishes (I had matriciana which is tomato, onion and cured pork cheek, while Shandos had the calci e pepe which is just pecorino and pepper on spaghetti), followed by a chicken cacciatore. Quite different to the tomato-based sauces we get here - this was largely done with olives!
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  • Day3

    Civita di Bagnoregio

    October 12, 2017 in Italy ⋅

    From ghost towns (like the last post from our morning stop) to near ghost towns like this, the internet is great for finding places you know nothing about!
    Civita di Bagnoregio was a dying town brought back by tourism and the internet. One of the most photographed villages in Italy, you can only reach this hill town on foot over a single footbridge. This also facilitated making it the first town in Italy that charges an admission. With 180,000 visitors last year, it keeps the towns TEN residents free of taxes and worries about eroding away!
    We walked up on a hot (26 degree) October afternoon, and wonder what it would be like mid-summer at 30+ degrees and 5 times the tourists (at least!). After our solo sojourn in the morning this definitely feels more like a tourist site, but is still manageable and lovely. The first view of the town is every bit as spectacular as the photos, and the 20 minute walk over is spectacular, with breathtaking views (and steps in places!) to this living 2700 year old hamlet first inhabited by the Etruscans. Now, on Unesco's list of tentative new sites, it has suffered from 'downsizing' of a different sort. As recently as 2015 landslides took several medieval buildings off the plateau to the ravine below! What's left is amazing! We visited and old olive mill and see how the ancients methods aren't always the best however romantic they may seem! Between Donna & I, we take about a thousand pictures, meet up with some touring monks, and bid goodbye to head for our overnight stop in Sorano...
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  • Day139

    Feenwald bei Torre Alfina

    February 17, 2018 in Italy ⋅

    Der heutige Tag führte uns in einen verwunschenen Feenwald (Bosco del Sasseto) bei dem Örtchen Torre Alfina. Wir starteten bei einer Burg, die über dem Wald thronte. Der Waldboden war bedeckt mit Felsen aller Größen, die meist komplett mit Moos bewachsen waren. Das sah einfach toll aus! Schnell tauchten wir in die Welt der Feen und Trolle ein 😊.

    Mittendrin im Wald stand ein bisschen verloren das „Tomba del Marchese Cahen“ (Mausoleum des Markgrafen Cahen), welchem einst die Burg gehörte. Wir wanderten vorbei an kleinen Felshöhlen und entdeckten im Laub kleine Schneeglöckchen. Zufrieden und auch etwas verwunschen 😄 machten wir uns auf den Rückweg und kamen rechtzeitig vor einem Regenschauer bei unserem Auto an.
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  • Day17

    Casa Di Lazzaro

    September 19, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Die heutige Unterkunft ist super. Sie heißt Casa Di Lazaro und liegt einen Kilometer vom Stadtzentrum entfernt. Man wird hier von zwei netten ehrenamtlichen Einheimischen in Empfang genommen. Als sie mich um 11:00 Uhr vor dem Gebäude sahen, begrüßten sie mich freundlich, gaben mir eine Flasche Wasser zum trinken und nahmen mir schon einmal freundlicherweise meinen Rucksack ab. Dadurch wurde auch mein kleiner Stadtbummel zu einem gemütlichen Spaziergang.
    Die Übernachtung selbst ist heute kostenlos. Die Einrichtung finanziert sich über die Spenden der Pilger. Früher handelte es sich wohl um ein kleines Kloster. Die Mönche selbst wurden alle in dem schönen, großen Garten hinter dem Gebäude begraben.
    Es gibt hier keinen großen Schlafsaal. Die Pilger werden in den ehemaligen Zimmern der Mönche einquartiert. Sehr klein und schlicht, aber dafür sauber und gemütlich. Im Innenhof steht ein alter Brunnen.
    Heute Abend wurden wir von den beiden zu einem gemeinsamen Abendessen eingeladen. Seit 15:00 Uhr stehen beide in der Küche und bereiten alles vor.
    Im Großen und Ganzen eine tolle Einrichtung die man nur weiterempfehlen kann.
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  • Day21

    Morgens halb sieben in Sutri...

    September 23, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Einbruch ins Amphitheater...
    Bin sehr früh gestartet und als ich an der Kampfarena vorbeilief war es noch geschlossen. Also kurz überlegt und dann schnell über die Mauer geklettert. Ein bisschen warten, dass es heller wird, schnell paar Fotos knipsen und wieder über die Mauer.

    Heute stehen 24 bis 32 Kilometer an. Je nach dem welchen der verschiedenen Wege ich einschlage und wie oft ich mich verlaufen werde.

    Wikipedia:
    Das römisches Amphitheater, vage datiert zwischen dem ausgehenden 2. Jahrhundert v. Chr. bis 1. Jahrhundert n. Chr., das 49,6 mal 40,8 Meter misst und gänzlich aus dem anstehenden Tuffstein herausgeschlagen wurde. Man erkennt noch deutlich seine beiden Eingänge, drei Zuschauerränge mit Stufen, die nach einem ausgeklügelten Zugangssystem 9000 Personen fassen konnten, sowie die Arena, umgeben von dem Gang mit 10 Öffnungen, durch die die Kampftiere hereingeführt wurden.
    Der Komplex war bis ins 19. Jahrhundert unbeachtet geblieben; restauriert wurde er mit Mitteln der lokalen Adelsfamilie Savorelli, deren Palazzo mit Parkanlage im Stil der Renaissance auf dem Hügel über dem Theater noch erhalten ist. 
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincia di Viterbo, Viterbe, Viterbo

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