89 – Surprise Snow in Itri

Friday 12 Feb was a very unusual day here in Itri, that week the weather in Italy had turned distinctly  colder.

Paul had popped out on an errand leaving me home alone at “Tre Cancelle” . The wind seemed to be getting up and battleship grey clouds were amassing on the horizon, as a storm was blowing in from the sea.  Amidst bright flashes of lightening and loud claps of thunder it began to hail and sleet.  This gradually began to change to snow, however at this stage it seemed unlikely that it would settle.  But the swirling flakes grew steadily in size and before long the ground was covered with a white blanket and the olive trees looked as if they had been coated in white sugar icing.

I began to worry that Paul might not manage to get back up the hill from Itri, so  I was relieved to hear our car crunching along the driveway.  Paul said that the weather was already causing havoc on one particular stretch of the Via Appia, with vehicles struggling to climb or descend the steep hills.  Italians are just not prepared for such unusual weather.  It seemed that Paul had arrived home just in time.  On the hills he had found the wheels of the car spinning, finding it hard to find traction.  He had to drive with one pair of wheels off the tarmac to get up the steepest parts of the hill, taking care not to stop  and maintain forward momentum.  Another 15 minutes and the road would have become impassable.

The snow continued falling until sunset

when the fresh winter wonderland was bathed in a warm glowing light.

Four years ago we had experienced a dusting of snow here in Itri, but  nothing of this scale.

The weather the following day was bright and sunny.  Perfect for photographing the wintery landscapes.

We later learned that even Gaeta’s beaches had received a blanket of snow.

The locals recalled that the last similar event had taken place back in 1956.

By some strange co-incidence this had happened

on the very same date of 12 February.

You can see more of Louise’s photos of the snow at “Tre Cancelle” here:


and other photos here:


All photos by me © Louise Shapcott


Tre Cancelle Farmhouse Apartments Near Sperlonga Beaches and Historic Itri, South Lazio, Italy


39 – Need Something To Look Forward To ?

Brrrrrrrrrrrr !!!

The weather back in the UK sounds atrocious !!!  

Here in Itri, this year, we have yet to experience a frost !!!

Today was mild and sunny so we have been working outside.  

It was lovely to feel the sun on our back, and hear the birds joyfully twittering.

Spring is on the way !!!

If any of you are fed up with the cold and the snow,

why not think of planning a little break in Italy,

something to look forward to?

The Spring is a lovely time to visit ” TRE  CANCELLE ” and Italy in general


Set amidst the greenery of our own olive groves,

in the heart of the Italian countryside. 

An  excellent  base  for  exploring  this  beautiful, region of South Lazio.

Close to many lovely Golden Sandy Beaches on the Riviera Di Ulisse 

and  seaside resorts of 

Sperlonga / Gaeta / Formia / Terracina / San Felice Circeo

Rocky coves, hidden caves and sheltered harbours.

Sparkling, clear waters awarded the prestigious

European Blue Flag for several years. 



Yet close by are the dramatic mountains of the Aurunci Regional Park,

with its verdant hillsides, olive groves, lakes and protected nature reserves.

 Easy day trips to Rome / Naples / Caserta / Montecassino / Anzio / Ponza

 Nearest Airports: 

Rome Ciampino / Rome Fiumicino / Naples Capodichino

 We are on hand to ensure you have a most enjoyable holiday.  


 We have decided to reduce our “Out of Season” prices.

REVISED PRICES – per apartment, per week (7 nights) during Period :

2 Feb 2009 to 3 April 2009 … was 425 euros    Now 395 euros

(including heating via Wood-Burning Stove – wood provided)

4 April 2009 to 1 May 2009 … was 450 euros   Now 425 euros

2 May to 3 July 2009 …  was 550 euros    Now 500 euros

4 July to 17 July 2009 … 550 euros

18 July to 28 August 2009 …  630  euros

29 Aug to 2 Oct 2009 …  was 550 euros   Now  500 euros

3 Oct to 6 Nov 2009 … was 475 euros   Now 425  euros

See our website for full details: 



We also have a selection of other Holiday Villas available in this area:


Please do contact us for more details