Road Trips: Lakes (part I – volcanic)

used to think that the famous Lake District in Cumbria, England had the most lakes per region (13 in all), followed by the area in north Italy with their great lakes Garda, Como and Maggiore, which often get bunched together, however they are each in different regions. Lake Garda is in Veneto,  Como in Lombardy and Maggiore in Piedmont. In actual fact Lazio takes third place in Italy, with an incredible 21 lakes in a region which is almost half the size of Piedmont (who have 25). Due to volcanic activity thousands of years ago there are several clumps of crater lakes throughout Lazio. Bolsena, Vico, Bracciano and Martignano are all within 90 minutes or less, of each other; Albano and Nemi are neighbouring lakes. Continue reading “Road Trips: Lakes (part I – volcanic)”

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Spring into Summer

Finally the sun has appeared! It’s March and will soon be time to set the clocks forward! Spring is a wonderful time to visit Italy. It’s quieter, the temperature is perfect for sightseeing on foot – and you start to feel that wonderful atmosphere of anticipation for when we can all escape the city at weekends and enjoy “La Dolce Vita” as the Italians do. It might not quite be the same as it was for Fellini but Italian habits die hard. Continue reading “Spring into Summer”

Christmas in a Medieval Borgo

This Christmas has been a bit different! Rather than the usual Rome or back home in England, I have spent it tucked away in a medieval village about an hour from Rome. I hadn’t known what to expect but it has been quite magical. There are Christmas lights literally everywhere, plus two trees and a large angel made out of fairy-lights. The great thing about a small place like this is that you constantly bump into people you know, exchanging Christmas greetings and good cheer (mulled wine). Continue reading “Christmas in a Medieval Borgo”