The city just did not want us to leave. We picked up the car at the Tiburtina office... took the bus and the metro to get there, but it did not take too long. Getting to the ring road was a piece of cake, but a few minutes later we got caught in the most horrific traffic jam I have ever seen. People actually got out of their cars and wandered around the freeway talking to each other. It took over an hour to crawl to the next exit and then it started moving slowly so we toughed it out and made it to the exit toward Viterbo. A couple wrong turns later and we made it to Villa Lante:
The garden rewarded us... it was absolutely beautiful. I wish we could have spent the entire day there, but we had to get back on the road to Tuscany. We made great time on the A1 autostrada and got to Sant Antonio by about 5:30, and what an amazing place it is.
Nico was there to greet us and make us feel at home. Sant Antonio was another one of those Slow Travel finds. There were a number of glowing reviews and I can see why. We are perfectly content here. And those of you who were considering coming with us (and you know who you are!) well, all I have to say is that I wish you could be here to experience this with us.
We are staying in number 7, it is a one bedroom unit with everything we need... fireplace, kitchen, good size bathroom, private little terrace, even CNN on the TV. But we have not had much time for that.
Last night we were pretty tired. But also starving, so we took Nico's suggestion to eat nearby at Il Covo di Obelix. We had a fabulous dinner with an equally fabulous view of Montepulciano from a lovely terrace. We started off with a plate of mixed bruschetta. I never realized how good it can be with just olive oil and garlic. I had the pici pasta with a wild boar sauce and we split a couple side dishes... white beans and the spinach with garlic and olive oil. Steve had a pizza. It was a great dinner. And we slept quite soundly last night.