|At the 16th-century "monster park" - Bomarzo, near Viterbo, in Etruria|
We now have a ready answer to "What's a good day trip from Rome?" - and it's Etruria... so let us explain what that is and why we have picked it.
|The covers to Mary Jane Cryan's latest book on Etruria in Northern Lazio, for day trips from Rome|
|One way to enjoy Tuscania (and, it's in Lazio, not Tuscany) -|
from the patio of a hotel on the "new" side of town, looking over to the old.
|Lago (Lake) Bracciano and the eel-dominated (in a good way)|
town of Anguillara Sabazia
Her other books about Northern Lazio are intriguing as well: Travels to Tuscany and Northern Lazio, Vetralla - the English Connection, and Affreschi - Exploring Etruria. All are based on her own, in-depth travels and original scholarship. At least one of these books is a "must have" if you are traveling in this area - and you should travel in it, imo.
|Mary Jane Cryan's info can lead you to Italian spas where|
you will find no tourists. She "takes the spa" at least weekly,
she says. So she oughtta know!