MISC ITALY PICS JUNE 2015, PART !!??

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May-June 2015, ITALY

MIXED BAG OF PHOTOS, IPHONE

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AXA, NEAR ACILIA

COOL, BUT PRICEY NO DOUBT, NEW FLATS

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ALBINIA, TUSCANY

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CARRARA


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CARRARA

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MONTEFIASCONE

I BOUGHT AN ANGUS BURGER(OVERCOOKED, BUT EXPECTED IT) AT AN INDIE FAST FOOD JOINT IN MONTEFIASCONE, DECIDED TO EAT IT IN THE CAR, BUT FIRST I HAD TO FIND A REMOTE PLACE TO PARK IN, SAY UNDER A TREE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE. I DROVE AROUND, AND INCREDIBLY, I COULD NOT FIND A SPOT, EVEN OFF THE BEATEN TRACK. INSTEAD ACCIDENTALLY HAPPENED UPON THE CASSIA, A ROMAN ROAD AT LEAST 2000 Y.O. STILL IN USE. THIS IS NOT A POTENTIAL SCENARIO ANYWHERE ELSE, BTW.

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GROTTE DI CASTRO, LAZIO

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SATURNIA, TUSCANY

WENT HORSEBACK RIDING AT AN AGRITURISMO. THERE WERE THREE FRENCH TOURISTS THERE AS WELL. THE DAY I WAS ABOUT TO LEAVE THEY WERE TOO, BUT THE HOST'S CREDIT CARD MACHINE DID NOT WORK, AND SHE HAD TROUBLE CONVEYING THAT MESSAGE TO THEM B/C OF LANGUAGE. SO I STEPPED IN TO ACT AS AN IMPROMPTU TRANSLATOR WITH ENGLISH ACTING AS THE LINGUA FRANCA WITH THE FRENCH.

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PORTO ERCOLE, TUSCANY

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PORTO ERCOLE

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FIASCHERINO, LIGURIA

PATH DOWN TO THE BEACH

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FIASCHERINO

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LA SPEZIA

UNATTRACTIVE CITY, THIS IS

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SATURNIA

NATURALLY HEATED, MINERAL-RICH WATERS CASCADE DOWN A WATERFALL FROM BEHIND THE BUILDING, HAVE OVER TIME BUILT UP TUB-LIKE FORMATIONS. RELAXING, NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE. COULD HAVE SPENT THE WHOLE AFTERNOON THERE. FANTASTIC.

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SATURNIA

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SATURNIA

BAR IN SATURNIA, WENT TO WATCH ITALY-CROATIA QUALIFIERS AND LEFT 10 MINUTES BEFORE MATCH ENDED 1-1. I ACTUALLY REQUESTED THE GAME ON TV. NOT MUCH INTEREST FROM THE LOCALS.

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SORANO, TUSCANY

THE VOLCANIC TUFF THAT COMPOSES THE NORTHERN LAZIO/SOUTHERN TUSCANY REGION IS SOFT AND EASY TO SCULPT, AND THE ETRUSCANS TOOK ADVANTAGE TO CARVE OUT ROADWAYS. THIS IS ONE EXAMPLE WHERE TODAY CARS DRIVE THROUGH MILLENIA-OLD LARGE-SCALE CARVINGS, SOME SPOTS OVER 50 FEET HIGH. AN IDEA THAT WAS NECESSARY AT THE TIME, AND THAT HAS WITHSTOOD THE TEST OF TIME.

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TELLARO, NEAR LA SPEZIA

HAD TO TURN AROUND AT THE END OF THE CLIFF-HUGGING COASTAL ROAD HERE. THE IPHONE NAVIGATOR DOES NOT TELL YOU THAT CERTAIN ROADS BECOME PEDESTRIAN-ONLY, OR THAT THEY CAN ONLY ACCOMMODATE MOPEDS.

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TELLARO, NEAR LA SPEZIA

NICE HOUSE FOR SALE

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TREBIANO AREA

WHAT THE HELL IS HE LOOKING AT???

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PORTO VENERE

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PORTO SANTO STEFANO

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PORTO SANTO STEFANO

WELL-MANNERED RUSSIAN FAMILY NEXT TO ME HAVING DINNER, ALL OF A SUDDEN A WANDERING CAT SAUNTERS UP TO THE FATHER/HUSBAND, AND BELLOWS A LOUD "MEOW", BUT HE WOULD NOT BEQUEATH A MOMENT'S NOTICE TO THE HUNGRY FELINE. THE CAT TURNS TO ME AS IF SAYING "WHAT THE *?@!%!! MOFO'S THINK THEY OWN ALL THE FISH.." HE THEN MOVED ON, SHAKING HIS HEAD..

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VETRALLA, LAZIO

COOL LOUNGE/BAR NEAR VITERBO