Date: 3rd September 2018
Travelled: 172 kilometres from Subiaco to Sutri, both in the province of Lazio, Italy.
Visited: Hadrian’s Villa €10pp + audio guide €5pp, Tivoli.
Stayed: Sutri municipal car-park, free. No services. N42.24117, E12.22893
Budget: 93 days @ €95 per day.
We wake after a peaceful evening on the mountain outside the Monastery of San Benedetto. Mind you a thunder storm circled a couple of times but nothing eventuated.
The weather has changed, the summer heat is still there during the day, but the evenings cool quickly and Pam calls for the wooly most mornings about 5am. It’s been a long hot summer in Europe. Hopefully chasing campsites or sosta with electricity for the air-conditioner has passed for 2018.
So we have our coffee and some fruit and roll down the hill to Subiaco and on to the A24 motorway for Tivoli.
The Italian’s call it Villa Andriana, built by Emperor Hadrian as his summer residence. Most guide books refer to it as Hadrian’s Villa. Hadrian is the roman emperor who built walls across Briton, created great viaducts in Espana, Rome and the provinces. He built grand theatres across the empire all the way to central Turkey. We really like Hadrian. So it’s Hadrian’s Villa or town but to be more accurate it’s more a mini city.
It’s been an amazing couple of hours wandering Hadrian’s Villa. By 2pm it’s hot, most tourists have gone on in their buses for lunch or a nap. So we say goodbye as well and return to the Hymer.
Tivoli is as close to Rome as we intend to visit this year, we have been lucky enough to visit Rome twice before. So back on the motorway it is. We skirt Rome on the GAR, Rome’s ringroad, taking the SS2 exit. The quality of the road decreases every kilometre further from Rome we drive. North-west of Rome there are three great lakes, we head for Lake Bracciane to have a look. Whilst the lake is beautiful the only place open is a very ordinary campsite and they want €25 so we continue on to Sutri and a free car-park.
Sutri isn’t on the tourist trail, but looks well worth a walk in the morning…
Michael and Pam