On our second day in Sperlonga, we awoke to find the sun shining down, the temperature perfect, and it wasn’t long before we were out, beginning our next adventure. Our first stop was going to be Bar Tropical, as we woke up late, and missed the breakfast in the hotel. After a bit of nourishment, we headed on our way.Our goal for today was to visit the Museo Archeologico di Sperlonga, and the Grotta di Tiberio. Both of these attractions are visited with one ticket, as the Grotta is now part of the museum. The museum is located a short distance outside of the city, to the south. By car, it would only take ten minutes or so, to arrive there. We had no car. We were making the journey on foot. Using Google Maps as our guide, we headed up towards the old town, as it seemed that cutting through there was the quickest, and most direct way of getting to where we wanted to go. We headed up a long flight of stairs, making our way to the top. As we walked, we passed private homes, with lovely gardens, and incredible views of the sea.Once we reached the top, we stumbled upon a beautiful, abandoned church. The directions had us walk downhill again, to follow SR 213 — Via Flacca, which would lead us directly to the museum. This, however, is a main road, with lots of traffic on it, every single car seeming to go way faster than normal, and I was not very comfortable walking along the side of it. So, we headed inland a bit, and wound our way through side streets, until we came to a pedestrian path alongside Via Flacca. The scenery was delightful, the entire way! After about forty-five minutes, we arrived at our destination.This is a MUST-SEE when in Sperlonga! For the cost of five euros, you get admittance to the museum, which even though small, has some incredible art inside of it, and the ruins outside — including the Grotta di Tiberio! It is a fascinating place, and is something that I will never forget!The visit begins inside of the museum. Here, you will find artifacts and art that was found amongst the ruins outside, and in the Grotto. For me, the highlight of this section of the visit was the monumental sculptural group, “Gruppo di Polifemo,” which dates from the 1st century AD, and depicts Ulysses attacking the Cyclops. The piece is simply breathtaking in its size, and the force of its subject matter! The group was found in 1957, in the grotto just outside of the museum. It was moved into the museum for preservation reasons. After you have spent some time inside of the museum, you then exit the building, and walk along the path which leads to the sea, behind the building. Here lie the remains of the Villa of Tiberio, as well as the famous Grotto.
Next up: more from Sperlonga, including a visit inside of the Grotta di Tiberio!
Note: this blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations which may appear. If you have enjoyed this post, please check out our archives for more posts from Sperlonga, as well as other Italian destinations. Places that we will be visiting in the near future include: Formia, Gaeta, Roma, Galarate, and Fiuggi. We look forward to sharing our travels with you! Ciao, for now!