Date: 31st August 2018
Travelled: 138 kilometres Monte Cassino in Lazio to Sepino in Campania, Italy.
Visited: The Abbey of Monte Cassino and the archiological site at Altilia Saepinum
Stayed: Altilia Saepinum car-park, free. No services. N41.43228, E14.61656
Budget: 90 days @ €96 per day.
Finally the last visitor left the Polish cemetery and they locked the gate. It was another quiet night, except the barking dog from Vesuvios has followed us to the Monte Cassino and started barking here at the same time. We are starting to think Italian dogs are a pain in the arse. Other than that it was a good night and obviously free.
The abbey opens at 8.45am so we have our coffee and fruit before locking up and walking up the hill. No point driving up 500 metres and having to pay for parking. Given we are over budget on this year’s trip, thanks to some expensive ferries and 3-4 weeks in campsites with the air-conditioner running, we are hoping to get back to the low €90’s by the time we head home. This means I will be giving Pam haircuts from now on.
So our visit to the abbey complete we walk down to the Hymer and prepare to depart Cassino heading east along the SS6. We find a Lidl as we drive out of Cassino, restock the shelf and continue. The Lonely Planet recommends the drive from Saepinum to Sulmona through the heart of central Italy. Before we start the drive we want to visit the ruins of Altilia Saepinum first. Described as one of the best preserved but least visited roman era ruins.
Altilia Saepinum developed as a roman trading outpost in the 3rd century BC. Pam relaxes with the Alter (later to become the Basilca) in the background. Only vestal virgins need to feel uncomfortable here.
So another interesting day slips by, not always to the keeper but to the ancient peoples of Italy in this case.