Last night in Fiumicino, Italy

Erca best from below, close

We loaded up and our great housekeeper and neighbor, Angela, drove the car down the crazy hill for us to the little local shop. Vroom, Vroom! It’s like a ride on a roller coaster going down that hill! Bye, Bye Villa Erca!

My last stop before we hit the road was to buy a big chunk of Parmesan cheese to bring home with us from the local shop.

S. Maria dog on shop full view

The proprietor is very proud of his cheese and though he couldn’t speak ANY English, I was able to convey to him what I wanted and it needed to be shrink wrapped.

Santa Maria cheese man 1

We took the back way from Massa Labrense over the hills that bypasses Sorrento and it was much easier to navigate. Here are a few snapshots along the way.

Leaving Massa driivng

Leaving, hilltop church, Naples

Mt Vesuvius is still imposing! Leaving, Pompeii

Our destination for the night was the Porto di Claudio Hotel in Fiumicino, the small town next to the Fiumicino/Rome airport. The hotel was pretty easy to find with parking right out front on the street. It’s a small boutique hotel/b & b  in a quiet neighborhood with several restaurants and stores.

Fiumicino Porto Di Claudio hotel

Fiumicino Porto Di Claudio hotel mosaic sign

Beautiful fresh flowers in our room

Fiumicino Porto Di Claudio hotel flowers in room

A nice little balcony from our roomFiumicino Porto Di Claudio hotel balcony

Breakfast is served in the building in the courtyard and offered a good variety with a staff member making your coffee fresh to order. They offer bikes to ride around the neighborhood. I would definitely recommend – what a fun way to explore the area! Fiumicino Porto Di Claudio breakfast room

We walked down to the canal and waterfront – this is a fishing communityFiumicino canal, nets

Fiumicino canal, Wally walking

Fiumicino Irish Pub boats in canal

The Tower Irish Pub lured us in with their greasy fish and chips, burgers and fries and beer. A nice change from all the Italian food we had eaten for two weeks.

Fiumicino Irish Pub sign

Fiumicino Irish Pub food pic

Fiumicino Irish Pub Jamie & food  Fiumicino Irish Pub Wally and food

We later walked a few blocks from the hotel for drinks at a family-run trattoria. Our receptionist said they had really good Italian food in their little dining area inside. Alas, we had already gorged on grease, but maybe you can try them out if you stay there.

This brings our two and a half weeks in Italy in October 2013 to a close. What a FABULOUS TRIP!


Todi Pizzeria le Scaletta Wally happy, pizza






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