My husband and I cherished our time in Italy exploring the historic, hilltop town of Tivoli. The 15th century boutique hotel, Residenze Gregoriane with its murals, mosaics and statues is a little hidden gem and our Al Fresco dinner at Restaurante Sibilla was truly romantic with the lighted backdrop of Roman temples, waterfalls and deep gorge. Villa d’ Este’s history, waterfalls, fountains and terraced gardens are truly amazing and not to be missed. All this on our first day of Fred’s tour.
From Tivoli we next stopped at San Benedetto del Tronto in the Regione Marche on the Adriatic coast, where we settled in and walked the town and sea shore and dined on fresh local sea food. Next our local tour guide, Marzia, explained the history of Aquaviva Picena, and its fortress, we visited a locally run small family vineyard and winery and finished our day at a local restaurant enjoying a delicious meal as true Italians do.
Our hats are off to Fred and Marzia, who both speak fluent English and Italian, for showing us these not so frequently explored Italian areas, “off the beaten path”, away from the tourist crowds, quiet and relaxing, in essence the Real Italy. Magnifico!
Debbie & Rick B.