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On return from the Cinque Terre excursion yesterday we were too tired to contemplate eating in the dining room, so we made ourselves presentable and went to the Glasshouse for a couple of their small steaks and some of their excellent wine. It was a lovely meal, and we enjoyed being to relax with each other in comfortable surroundings without necessarily having to engage in much conversation!

Today we’ve been at Civitavecchia. Most passengers visit Rome from here, but we’ve done that a number of times, and we’ve had non-cruise holidays in Rome as well so going up to Rome no longer appeals. When we were last here a couple of years ago we did a half-day excursion – A Taste of Tuscania, which is still in the programme – to an inland destination and we enjoyed this very much indeed, so this time we decided to do something similar.  Our choice was “Wine Tasting and Marta”. This was pretty much exactly as it says on the can – we drove to the small hill town of Montefiascone overlooking Lake Bolsena, where we visited a winery (the Cantina Leonardi), tasted several of their wines and enjoyed some nibbles. Then we drove the short distance back to the lakeside town of Marta where we had just under an hour of free time, and this was long enough to get a coffee and stroll along the shores of Lake Bolsena. Marta was very peaceful and quiet, although the fact that it was Sunday today may have been a factor. But it doesn’t look like it could ever be a busy place. Val has just asked me to report that the wines – we tasted five altogether – were “generally good” and the nibbles were excellent. We bought some bottles of two of the wines, in fact, and some people were buying multiple cases of six bottles.

So the excursion wasn’t anything spectacular but after the excitement, drama and effort of the Cinque Terre yesterday, it was just right. This afternoon we’ve been taking things gently. “Relaxing”, in fact – anyone would think we were on holiday!

Tonight we’re eating in The Epicurean again – let’s hope we enjoy it more this time. Tomorrow we’ll be at Ajaccio where we’ll be doing our own thing.

One Response to “Azura 2015 – Civitavecchia”

  1. Linda says:

    We opted to take the train in the opposite direction to Rome having done several visits there previously. One stop on the train took is to Tarquinia a medieval walled town. Just lovely for strolling round and enjoying the well marked tourist sights. Just outside of the town is a necropolis … It’s well worth the short walk. About 40 or so excavated tombs dating back to 400 BC. There is a small snack bar and shop and good toilet facilities.
    We returned to Citavechia by bus after a nice lunch in the pretty square but make sure you have the ticket that allows both means of transport.

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