We've been visiting a small town outside of Rome now twice in the last 3 years and have been blessed meeting and hanging out with the locals and experiencing the non-touristy Italy that many people will never see. I found this by accident on TA because I was searching for an apartment in Rome with WIFI. Being spoiled from my searches (and visit) in Paris I was surprised in 2010 finding that not many apt in Rome had WIFI (at least not the ones affordable to us) so when I got more specific in my search criteria it found this little place in Capena, Lazio - a 40 min drive from Rome.
We fell in love with Capena and the surrounding countryside - tried Rome for 2 hours and left. Just not for us.... so here are some of the photos of Capena - I hope you'll enjoy:
Our street and apartment in Capena... yes this is a two way street ;-)
Piazza del Popolo, 2 minutes from our apartment and where we had coffee at the little cafe/bar every morning and drinks at night (under the yellow awning)
The old Rocca - fell in love with the lanterns
Thankfully I was trained to drive in Germany.... on a manual.... :-) My Cowboy is still going to therapy because of the Italian drivers (j/k)
This is my personal favorite of the Rocca
I could have taken pictures all day there
Our apartment at night - right under the lantern
View from our mini balcony to the Piazza del Popolo and the Rocca
Looks like a lovely little town- very typical of central Italy. I haven't explored Lazio too much in depth, usually it's a dash from Rome to Anghiari where my father lives or another place outside Lazio. I like to stop in Monte Romano or Viterbo for a meal but then push on again.
Thank you everybody for the kind words!! Bixa - The Piazza del Popolo is in the old quarters (old town) and the only one of it's kind in Capena. The Rocca is the old Monastery building sitting on a rock "Rocca" at the Piazza del Popolo (that's where I took the photo from) and it is now a residential area but still has this medieval charm and nooks and cranny alleys......there are other plazas but those are just modern, new spots where young people hang out.
htmb - how funny would that be? we all meet there and are like... how did you find out about this place??? UMMMM - a board called.... LOLOL.
Front of the Rocca - it has like 2 stories I think: