I could also say magari in Italian, since ojalá means about the same in Spanish, namely I wish! This was my Sunday and I can only wish to have more such days in the future.
First, we need a song. This one is called Futura by Lucio Dalla and it starts “Who knows, who knows on what we will put our hands tomorrow.”
Italy is a strange beast: full of jewels of different kinds, and yet masses flock to one of the ten places which I won’t name now. As if it only counts if you can flaunt a household name as your destination.
My wish for the future is to explore less known jewels. It’s easier with a friend and now I have one.
One day I shared with Flavia an article about the place that I had never heard mentioned before, and you know that I read a lot. She was equally impressed and this Sunday we went there.
We met in Canale Monterano, the village from the title of the article, where we had to show pictures from it in the bar because it didn’t seem nearly as deserted as they promise. We were directed to the nearby ruins of Monterano antica, parked early and strolled for an hour before we found the first ruins.
The walk was lovely but what we encountered there really blew my mind, especially the ruins of the Cloister of San Bonaventura with the fountain in front and the magnificent lion in the middle of the ruins, both designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. And all of this is free to visit.
If you just think of it: how many places like this exist around here and nobody is talking about them!
When we returned we had a lovely lunch in Canale Monterano’s less busy but maybe even better restaurant Il Rintocco della Campana. On return I took a different road than before and almost fell into a huge viaduct just before Tarquinia which I haven’t seen or heard mentioned before either.
It’s so easy to encounter new amazing things, one just needs to get out. Thank you, Flavia, for making it such fun. I really hope many more such outings are in our future.
For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, hosted by Leya of To See A World in a Grain of Sand…: Future