SAMNITE AND VOLSCIAN LANDS
Start in the afternoon in normal formation with Alberto and Fausto, forehand to Terracina to visit the place of Tempio di Giove anxur (indeed of Venere), another great sacred place built by Repubblican Romans. We arrived in the evening and I have the unpleasant surprise of having lost the wallet with all documents and money. My friens understand the situation and decide to indulge in a hearty dinner to raise my moral; they will finance (on credit).
The hill is overlooking the sea.
Then start to Minturno, bypassing Gaeta. Here we are in the land of Volscian pentapoli (five towns) but archeological remains are from the roman town.
We arrive in Cassino in the afternoon and quickly climb to the monastery. Dominance is really impressive.
We visit share 593 , the back of German positions, and Polish cemetry.
From share 593 to the monastery.
This is the cave that housed the German command.
After taking dinner and bath the unthinkable happens. Alberto out of the shower tumbling falls slipping on smooth floor. After a sleeplees night because of the pain, after a bandage, he start going back to home (more than 500 km). We will know then he broke his shoulder blade.
Saddened we go to visit the monastery one of the most important place of European culture. Free entrance, very nice video on the save the treasures before the bombing, nice museum. From monastery great sight on the battlefield. Zooming one can see on the hill in the left the monument on share 593,to the left of the monument there is the steep rocky were is the cave of German command, below the Polish Cemetery In the center right you see the Snake’s Head Ridge ; allies attacked from right to left.
After a visit to German Cemetery we start to go to Sepino but near Caserta a storm stop us in a gas station four hours, then we know the road is blocked by hail and snow(!!!) and we return turning to Isernia under heavy rain. Next morning we go to Pietrabbondante were was a Sammnite amphitheatre and temple, the remains are Roman but the spirit among these nice hills is Sammnite. The base of the temple from down and up.
Pietrabbondante. Sammnites were primarly pastors and their communities were divided among villages and oppida, fortified enclosures that could accomodate men and flocks. We can see along the road the “tratturi” , wide (some hundreds meters) trails for animals , running from Puglia.
We take a lunch in the nice town of Bagnoli del Trigno, then we see the remains of Sammnites oppidum wall in Duronia and finally we arrive in Sepino. It is great! You can see a medioeval village grown up inside Roman walls (opus reticulatum) with round towers and four gates, were was a Roman town, with foro, temples, amphitheater,etc. But are very nice also the medioeval houses! I must still admit :Italy is very rich!
Then the return and the end of this beautiful and unlucky travel.