Dating from the fifteenth century, the lovely Cappella di S. Rocco Extra Mura was built just outside of the old city walls. Today, surrounded by other buildings, it remains a tiny jewel set on the road that leads up to the Centro Storico. As we climbed higher, towards the old town, the view before us got better and better.About halfway up the hill, you come to one of the city gates. From this point on, you are in the old town of Sperlonga. I love exploring the Centro Storico of any Italian town, and Sperlonga’s did not disappoint. With its winding lanes, and whitewashed buildings, it is a joy to wander around — as long as you don’t mind stairs! Because of its position on the Tyrrhenian coast, Sperlonga has had a long history of being invaded by pirates, and other outsiders. Legendary heroes, like Ulysses, have stopped here in order to restock their supplies, or simply to feel solid earth under their feet, after long periods at sea. Walking through the streets, it is easy to feel like a part of ancient history!At the top of the old town, one comes to Piazza Europa, and a belvedere with views out over the countryside, to the south and west of Sperlonga. We had dinner that night at a lovely restaurant in the old town, Gli Archi Ristorante. The atmosphere inside of the dining room was lovely. The food was delicious. I highly recommend dining here, when visiting Sperlonga.
Next up: a visit to the Villa & Grotta di Tiberio, as well as exploring more of the lovely city of Sperlonga!
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