:: Ostia Antica & Bracciano ::
Two places that make a pleasant change from the centre of Rome - both of them easily visited by train as day trips...
Enjoyable for the medieval borgo, adjacent to the Papal castle, and also the extensive remains of the port city that
once supplied ancient Rome - whilst not a patch on Pompeii and sites around Vesuvius, those are still worth a look!
For more details, see....http://www.ostia-antica.org/touristguide.pdf
And for photos of the nearby ruins of Portus, a contemporary town constructed around Trajan's hexagonal harbour after
the one at Ostia had begun to silt up, see __http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/portus
Go for the Castello Orsini-Odescalchi - where Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes married - and, on the shores of the volcanic
crater lake at Vigna di Valle, a fine museum with racing seaplanes that competed for the Schneider Trophy and other
unusual aircraft. For details ___http://www.aeronautica.difesa.it/museo_storico_eng/Pagine/default.aspx
Otherwise the local tourist board website is on ___http://www.turismobracciano.com/
Click the individual images for larger versions, lots of them with a few notes and comments!
:: Portus - the harbours of Ostia ::
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For photos of the ruins at the Roman town of Ostia Antica,
:: Ventotene & Ponza ::
The Ponzan archipelago is an enchanting group of islands off the coast of Lazio, relatively
undiscovered by international tourism but perennial favourites for holidaymakers from Rome.
There are year-round connections with places on the coast of Lazio, however the high summer
hydrofoils that used to operate from Naples (stopping in at the island of Ischia along the
way)to both Ventotene and Ponza have offered only a weekend service recently (incl 2012).
In July 2011, a summer-only service from Rome's port, Fiumicino, to Ponza restarted - but
may well have ended again?
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:: Sperlonga ::
Sperlonga is a popular holiday spot for Romans, about an hour's train ride south of the city,
with a medieval centre that stands on a headland with miles of beaches to each side.
Nearby are the remains of a imperial villa built for Tiberius, where he lived after leaving Capri.
A museum there houses reconstructed statues found in the ruins of that villa - including a
gigantic version of "The Blinding of Polyphemos" from the Grotto.
Although a little old now, these two cover the town and its surroundings:
Scans of photos and slides taken in 1999 and 2000
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:: More of southern Lazio ::
Whilst Rome casts a long shadow over its region, and commands the full attention of many
visitors, there's plenty more to Lazio than just the nation's capital!
Here are three very pleasant coastal towns from southern Lazio that are each well worth
a look - Terracina, Gaeta and Fondi.
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Pictures from the ruins of the octagonal harbour of Portus (near Ostia Antica, just outside
Rome), can now be found here ___http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/portus
:: Viterbo ::
Pictures from a short stay in Viterbo, one stop along a short tour of central Italy
made during June 2003.
Turned out to be a much less entertaining place than we'd hoped; if going again, it would
only be as a daytrip, and I'd be happier heading back to the capital after a look around!
Click on individual images for a larger version, although few have captions or titles...