So, some members of the COSI’ group got together and decided to share some words of wisdom on travel to Italy. Who better to give the inside scoop than those who’ve been on the receiving side of the summer stranieri (foreigner) takeover year after year?
I kept it short and sweet with mine:
1. Cross the street with confidence: Roman drivers can smell fear.
2. Embrace the bidet (yes, you heard me).
3. Dress the part – but don’t overdo it, for god’s sake.
4. Take advantage of the free, fresh water flowing out of Roman fountains.
5. Good wine and great food makes it all even more beautiful – so eat and drink as much as possible!
These beautiful gardens were the perfect Saturday afternoon getaway with friends. Classified as a natural historic monument, they’re located about an hour and half from Rome in the province of Latina. An oasis of exotic plant life, these English-style gardens are home to the remains of the ancient city of Ninfa, which was a rich community on the Appian Way during the Middle Ages.
The nearby town of Sermoneta is the definition of classic medieval charm and well worth a walk-through, regardless of whether a visit the gardens is on the agenda. We’ll certainly be back when we have more time than just for a quick lunch. And apparently it’s not all that well kept of a secret, judging from the generous amount of fancy Nikons snapping away… As usual in Italy, there’s always another unique town around the corner worth discovering.