After spending time on the Amalfi Coast it was time to head inland to visit our good friend Cheryl Morgan. Cheryl fell in love with Italy years ago and it was always her dream to buy a home there and do her version of Under The Tuscan Sun. So about four or five years ago, during one of her visits, she bought a house near a lake southeast of Rome in a little town named Posta Fibreno. Not only did she turn her new home into a lovely retreat, two years ago she bought another house nearby. When we heard she was remodeling it and making it available to guests, we figured it was time for us to visit. And it was just the sanctuary we needed for a few days.
The area is a lovely small town that feels calm and peaceful after the frantic pace around the Positano Peninsula. Located in a mountain range at an elevation of 1,400 feet it is surrounded by forests and green meadows. At the present time Cheryl only visits once or twice a year but eventually hopes to spend the entire summer months out of the desert heat in a place she loves. She has also managed to meet some great people there with a growing circle of friends to keep her company. Plus she hopes to host many of her U.S. friends there as well. We were given the honor of being the first to stay in her new property and it rated very high in terms of beauty, comfort and amenities. Of course it helps that she is a designer by profession!
After a few very relaxing days it was time to head to our final stop in Italy–Rome. We’d been to Rome a number of years ago and already seen all the major sites so this time we just planned to wander around and enjoy the atmosphere. As it turned out the weather was very warm and the city was very, very crowded. And while we might be used to warm weather because we live in the desert, this warm was extremely humid. We ended up taking our walks in the morning, and then later when the sun was almost down and spent most of the afternoon in our air-conditioned rental. Oh and we did our best to stay away from the crowds.
Three days later it was almost a relief to head to the airport on our last day in Italy. Our plane was delayed an hour but after hearing all the news about airport disruptions we felt that was no big deal. Checkin, security and even a 24 hour COVID test (necessary to fly to Portugal) were extremely easy and the crowds at the airport were smaller than many we encountered in Rome. And yes, we wore our face masks much of the time.
A big highlight of our time in Posta Fibreno was meeting some of Cheryl’s friends. She also showed us a few of the local attractions (a famous monastery and a gorgeous mountain top town) but one evening she took me dancing! Those of you who know me personally know that a chance to dance in an open square in a small town to a great band was a huge treat!
Overall we had a wonderful time visiting southern Italy. Such a pleasure to see places that I’d only read about in the past. The history is amazing, the people warm and friendly and countryside beautiful. Italy is a country everyone needs to visit at least once in their lifetime.
Next, the adventure continues in Portugal.