We have been on this campsite for just over 2 weeks, 10 days because we were waiting for a package to arrive from the UK and the other 4 days, because we wanted to and because both of us had been feeling under the weather.
With a smattering of rain overnight, we woke to full sunshine, which I have to say didn't last much passed 11:00hrs. We chatted a while with a couple we had met, from the UK, who were leaving, then tidied up and sorted out a few things, we booked the channel tunnel crossing for when we leave England. The Credit Card was declined. After an eight minute call back to the bank, we were back on course for a great day!
So, after booking our Chunnel crossing back into Europe for the 15th August, we set off in the car for a drive out, with Julia, still not feeling brilliant. We always enjoy a drive out, you see so much of the real countryside and some places which most other tourists wouldn't ever get to see. With no idea if these places existed or not, our aim was to visit a few of the many archaeological sites on the way.
The first site, just down the road was called the Area Archeologica di Potentia (N43°24'50.23" E13°40'16.22"), when we got there, the gates were locked and the site overgrown with weeds. The fence, low enough to see over, afforded some glimpses of past glories and the signage was in both Italian and English, which was a great help.
After taking a few photographs, we bundled back into the car and went on, in search of what was described as an Archaeological Site. No description or any clue of what we might find, we set off towards the west south west and a town called Montelupone. We arrived in the drizzle and turned off where the SatNav told us, down a steep narrow road which, divided where the site was marked on the map into two driveways. Opposite one of the driveways and next to the other was a beautiful wash house (N43°20'39.07" E13°34'25.8"), no information or explanation was offered, so we stopped the car in the gateway to a field and went to have a quick look around. The water was being diverted, by the means of large hoses into a drain, but the architecture and some of the ancient painted decoration was still in evidence. Built deep into the side of the hill, a long stone culvert feed two outlets of dressed stone, depicting round faces with water issuing from their mouths into a trough below. This trough would then feed the water to either side in to two large pools each with walls, topped with marble washing slabs and the whole area covered with a beautiful brick built roof.After extracting ourselves from this site, we headed off across country on the small narrow roads with wonderful views through the rapidly clearing clouds, over large valleys towards majestic ad rugged mountains in the distance. The next site we planed to visit, was marked on the map as the Pre-Roman city of Trea. The SatNav warned of an unpaved road on our route, but we decided to cross that hurdle when we got to it. When we got within if our destination, the tarmac stopped and we were driving on hard packed sand, which was slightly less bumpy than the roads! The Archaeological site, when we got there, turned out to be a privately owned, fenced and locked up with chains, house! We laughed and got the phone out to find the next Archaeological site. The map, when I got the app started, informed us that we were still (as the crow flies) from Pre-Roman city of Trea! I checked the co-ordinates... we were 1° to the south of where were were supposed to be, so after resetting the SatNav, we set off on the journey to the north. We passed houses with all their tiles smashed, collapsed barns and lots of new stretches of road, where the December's earthquake had made itself felt.When we got to the Pre-Roman city of Trea (N43°19'05.78" E13°17'30.71"), we parked up and admired the Church that seemed to have been built on top of the town, incorporating some of the decoration robbed from the site as they built it. We entered by a side entrance next to the main church building and into a cloister, now closed in and housing some sort of jumble sale and some beautiful wall paintings of monks. After a quick walk around the closed in quadrangle, we exited and returned to the car. The main church was closed and surrounded with barriers which could also have been because of the earthquakes, I'll have to do some research.
Next, we decided that we would visit an Area Archeologica di Monte Torto. Again, following narrow, barely metalled roads, reminiscent of a drive around Malta 25 years ago, through little villages and down roads, at times covered with 15cm of white drifts of seeds from some tree, whose name, for the moment escapes me. We arrived in the town of Casenuove, ignored the SatNav who told us to turn right in to a block of flats, and took the next one instead, right then left and we were back on track, only to be confronted by a no entry sign with "Private Property['quot] underneath... Blast!
Finally, disappointed, we set our course for an Amphitheatre just from the campsite. The drive there down the valley on a main road was easy. Finally we turned off the main road up a narrow climb to... We nothing really. Lots of trees, a residence only sign, which we ignored, then, for nowhere to turn around.
A good day with some minor disappointments made all the better by getting off the campsite and into the wonderful Italian Countryside. As we move on tomorrow, into a new country, we will have to visit the area again another time, if only to visit the church in Loreto.
While making the bread buns for our home made burgers tonight, one of the campsites resident Yellow Breasted Bunting paid us a visit, which took a bit of sorting out