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Report 1181: Five Days in Lazio

By davidx from England, Winter 2006

Trip Description: 10 to 16 December 2006 Cheap flight + convenient flight times = Rome, or it did when I was looking. I didn't feel up to a city break and I'd been to Rome twice before -so I started thinking about other places in Lazio.

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Lazio

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Garden Visits; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; Single Traveler

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Page 1 of 9: Preamble and an Error

photo by davidx

Necropolis, Cerveteri

When I had to learn off by heart about Lars Porsena of Clusium [by the nine Gods he swore] at school, it didn't occur to me that over 50 years later I should go looking for Etruscan remains. However earlier in the year we met some travellers from the Netherlands in Spello, who had come from looking at just that and they seemed enraptured.

Then once before I had been to Tivoli with insufficient time to see the Villa Adriana. I had gazed DOWN to the gardens at the Villa d'Este but a weak heart and a shortage of time weren't good ingredients for a visit. Surely I could improve on that.

I consulted Pauline, who reminded me about Viterbo, a city I'd often thought of seeing. That may sound enough for five days but I had some thoughts of Ostia Antica as well.

Now for the error - and I thought I was being clever! I'd studied tickets and found that, although I should have just under a week, it was considerably cheaper to buy one CIRG - weekly ticket [Monday - Sunday] than several BIRGs [daily tickets] Both types are valid for trains within Lazio, Cotral buses and metros. Prices vary according to the number of zones you want (Rome counting as two.)

As I flew out on a Sunday (and as I was staying near Rome Termini, where the CIRG is not valid for the Termini express) I bought one ticket into Rome and a season ticket to start its validity next day. Unfortunately there was a misunderstanding. What I bought was not a CIRG but a weekly ticket valid only in Rome. I still feel sore that I wasn't able to offer it in part exchange for a CIRG. However no doubt my son's fiancée's brother will make good use of it!

To add insult to injury, I wasn't able to get a Cirg at Termini station. The official ticket office was closed and the tabbacchi and news stands "had none left."

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