Villa Pamphili

Villa Pamphili

Villa Pamphili is a park in Rome and former estate of a noble family (like many Italian parks). The park is divided in two halves, one that is mostly wild and the other with the palace and all the fountains. … (read more)

Parco degli Acquedotti

Parco degli Acquedotti

This is a long park that goes between the important roads of Appia (arrives in Puglia the heel of Italy) and Tuscolana (arrives in Castelli Romani). The park starts just outside the old wall of Rome and ends at the … (read more)

Fara Sabina

Fara Sabina

First we went to the town of Fara Sabina. This is a classical walled medieval town with big door to enter. On top there is an ancient church and square that was closed for repair, but kids were still inside … (read more)

150 Years of Italy

150 Years of Italy

Today is the 150th birthday of Italy. It has been one nation under one flag that long. In celebration, Rome had a “white night” last night. Everything was open until 2 AM and all the museums were free as well … (read more)

Castelli Romani

Castelli Romani

Daniele, his brother Emanuele, and I spent the day visiting places in the Castelli Romani area. Castelli Romani literally means Roman Castles. It is a collection of about 10 medieval cities atop a volcanic hills; each centered around the old … (read more)

Montelibretti and Nerola

Today we visited the nearby towns of Montelibretti and Nerola in the Sabina region. Sabina is famous for olive oil (Olio di Sabina) and indeed the countryside was covered with olive trees. Monterotondo, where I’m living, is actually the first … (read more)

Terme del Bagnaccio and Lake Bolsena

Today we went up to the region of Viterbo. We went first to the towns of Capodimonte and Marta on Bolsena Lake. Both walled medieval hill towns. Then we spent most the afternoon at the Terme del Bagnaccio. Capodimonte was … (read more)

Carnevale di Monterotondo

Sunday is the typical day to do the big Carnevale festival in these towns. There is also Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday– it is actually a whole week of Carnevale / Mardi Gras but we just did Sunday. Daniele got … (read more)

Anguillara and Bracciano

Today Daniele and I went to the lake Bracciano and to the towns of Anguillara and Bracciano. The weather was not too cold, but on and off light rain. It’s about 25 miles northwest from here. Both towns are on … (read more)

Back to Rome

In Costa Rica I decided for sure I wanted to go back to Italy as soon as possible. The police in Rome had explained to me I had to wait six-months to come back with another tourist visa (i.e. just … (read more)