Yesterday was a trip-filled day. We left the London hotel bright and early so we could take advantage of the BA Business class lounge facilities – quite a good brekky available there! We travelled out to the plane on a bus to the tarmac – it was rather long ride!
The flight to Rome was smooth and fast – just on two hours, and we were served quite a tasty meal, but on arrival (in 35 degree heat) we found the customs queues were long – not quite as bad as LA though! Once out of the terminal we contacted the Eurolease people who were friendly and efficient. They arrived to collect us as arranged and the car was ready and waiting – slighter more upswept model of the Renault Grand Scenic we had last year.
Phil took control of the wheel and after only one wrong turn in the narrow lanes leading to this gorgeous place, we arrived around 6.30pm. The property is idyllic! Beautifully appointed, it is a perfect place for an agritourism business – it is larger than we expected, rustic yet stylish, and while the owners have very little English they have been very obliging.
We had dinner in a local Osteria – very simple food, but a huge wine list – New Zealand wines were even available, but Frances I chose a very smooth Chianti to have with the huge wood fired pizzas we ordered. While we were the first to arrive, the little place quickly filled up with locals. It was a very relaxed way to complete a pretty stress-free arrival in Italy….
Next post – Cassino War Cemetery and the Abbey…