At Civitavecchia, most people from the ship headed off to Rome for the day. I opted instead for the Hill Towns of Tuscania & Civita de Bagnareggio. There is nothing more beautiful than Italian countryside and it’s historic hill towns. It was a beautiful day and being a photography buff, there were gorgeous shots around every corner. In Bagnareggio we were given two hours to wander and eat lunch on our own. My friend Sally had gone to a University of Washington summer program here, population 7 (really!), and I ran into a woman who was currently teaching the same program, 40 years later. We chatted for a while and she recommended a restaurant to us, a lovely place with an animated owner, it had Etruscan tombs in the basement, where you could dine, but it was a nice day so we dined alfresco. It was nice to be away from the crowds for a while, and I met up with some lovely Indian women from Virginia and New Jersey. The food was wonderful, the setting relaxing, and the house wine, perfect for a long lunch.
I wish I had started this long, long ago. I wish I could type faster. I wish I understood photo uploading more, and I wish I had more free time to put into this, so I would have a better journal of my travels. Oh well, this is what it is and what can be done, so here it is and I hope you enjoy it. ... full info