- I'd been long distance walking to Rome from the south on the Via Appia. 1 week before I arrived in Rome I'd got an email from Vilma my friend in Venezuela saying that she would be coming to Rome in 3 weeks to spend 2 weeks travelling Italy. This was her 2nd visit to Italy. Last time she stayed with her cousin who lives in Rome.
- So I formed a plan : I had found the secret of visiting Italy : anywhere nice & known has become overtouristed & full of rip-off shops and rip-off restaurants so the trick is to find places off the beaten track.
And that in Lazio the state Rome is in there are some interesting places unknown to tourists like Sabaudia, Terrecina, Calacata and all those untouristed fortified medieval hill towns. ...like Vitorchiano (with it's own Easter Island Moai) .. Viterbo with it's natural free hot springs and it's red waterfall.
- Vilma could have a good trip, by just staying in Lazio : Normal people make too elaborate travel plans, they end up spending half their holidays & money travelling huge distances. There was no need for Vilma to travel all over Italy, since Vilma had already been to Rome I would take her to visit some of the excellent places I had found, all in the state of Lazio.
- Also we got the news Vilma's cousin had had to go away for work so we couldn't begin there. Since I'd got a message from Marcello at the college in Terrecina, that he would like me to give a lecture to his students so I decided to begin there.
- 1. South Lazio : Terracina (for history and beach),
- Sabaudia for Mussolini Fascist era
project and architecture, Sermoneta (for the castle and artistic community)
- 2. Rome (Vilma wants to visit main sites)
- 3. North Lazio : Calcata (for the castle and artistic community), Surti (for Etruscan
ruins), Viterbo (for medieval town, sitting in the free outdoor thermal pools, visiting Agua
Rossa.. red waterfall) (last day is June 10th, we can vary the order a bit e.g. Rome first
instead of Terracina)