202 – Our New 2015 Video For Tre Cancelle Farmhouse and South Lazio Italy

I (Louie) have been beavering away once again on the old computer.

Using  my own photos I have  put together a

new 2015 Video Slideshow of our Tre Cancelle Farmhouse.

Please do take a look – We hope you will enjoy it ………..

2015 “Tre Cancelle” Farmhouse Holiday Apartments

We also have a video about this beautiful and interesting region of

South Lazio in Italy:

“Beautiful South Lazio”

This beautiful mountainous / coastal region of South Lazio (within the provinces of Latina and Frosinone) is rich in history, architecture, culture and natural beauty.  Indeed it is blessed in many ways :

The beautiful coastline of the Riviera Di Ulisse / Ulysses Riviera (sometimes also know as the Costa Pontina or Pontine Coast) is considered to be one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Italy.  


Sperlonga Coastline

It takes its name from Greek mythology.  According to Homer’s ancient work the “Odessey” and Virgil’s later work the “Aeneid”, the legendary Greek hero Odysseus / Ulysses, having fled from the Aegean following the fall of Troy, for 10 years navigated the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and eventually set foot on these golden Italian shores.  


Odysseus / Ulysses

This picturesque Riviera Di Ulisse, with its numerous golden sandy beaches, rocky coves, hidden caves and sheltered harbours, and the pretty seaside resorts of Sperlonga, Gaeta, Formia, Terracina, San Felice and the Pontine Islands, is noted for its temperate climate, and rainless summers.





The rocky cliffs are a haven for Free Climbers.

Yet close by are the dramatic Aurunci, and Ausoni, mountains which border the Southern Appenines and the Abruzzo National Park.  This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with a diversity of landscapes:  Pretty medieval hill towns; verdant tranquil hillsides; olive groves; rivers, lakes; craggy peaks and protected nature reserves.


Itri Nestling In The Aurunci Mountains


View of Bella Itri

South Lazio is ideally positioned midway between Rome  and Naples making it an ideal base for taking day trips to these noble historical cities and also to  Pompei, Herculaneum and Vesuvius, to Montecassino,  to the Royal Palace of Caserta and Anzio.


The South Lazio area is popular with Italian visitors during the month of August, however out of season it reverts to a peaceful setting that is still largely undiscovered by international tourists.

So …

Come And Discover Beautiful South Lazio !!!

For more details about our

2 Comfy Farmhouse Holiday Apartments

and other local Holiday Villas  

please go to our Website at :



All photos by me © Louise Shapcott

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101 – Stunning Sperlonga

We are so lucky here in Itri, to live so close to so many beautiful golden sandy beaches.  Our favourite local sea-side town is Sperlonga, which is just 15 km / 9 or so miles from “Tre Cancelle” Farmhouse. The meandering road between Itri and Sperlonga leads through beautiful undulating countryside until you commence the winding descent down to the coast.  Along the route there are a series of small lay-bys where you can pull in and pause to take in the breathtaking sea vistas.

And then you will get your first glimpse of the wonderfully picturesque Sperlonga …

We suggest that you first explore the old section of this historic town, its whitewashed houses are clustered around a precipitous rocky crag.

It is a delight to venture on foot, through the labyrinth of narrow, winding, cobblestone alleys, stone archways and long winding staircases which meander through the old medieval town.  Some steps lead steeply downwards to the sea or out onto unexpected courtyards and view points, revealing stunning sea views, indeed, there is something to be discovered around every corner.

Delightful “piazzettas” are surrounded by little shops, trendy boutiques, restaurants and bars, where you can rest, whilst sipping an ice cold beer or enjoying a delicious gelato, whilst soaking up in the Mediterranean atmosphere.

This enchanting medieval town once served as a place of refuge from attacking seafaring raiders including the Saracens and later in 1534 by Khayr-al-Din (also known as “Red Beard” or “Barbarossa”) who sacked the town.

Therefore, a defence system was constructed, consisting of numerous watch towers along the coast.  The Torre Truglia, positioned on a rocky spit still dominates the entrance to Sperlonga’s small, but colourful harbour.

Beyond Sperlonga, the expanse of pale, golden beaches and sand dunes reach as far as the eye can see, until it finally joins the next coastal resort of Terracina, and even beyond to the headland of San Felice Circeo.  To the north of Sperlonga’s headland lies the lower and more modern section of the town, with several hotels and a well developed beach.

To the South, beyond the harbour extends the Riviera di Levante.  Here the Aurunci Mountains come down to the shore, and trees and greenery line the coast.  Most of the beach is taken up with Lido beach establishments, where you can pay to use the facilities, such as comfortable sunbeds, parasols, showers and changing facilities, and enjoy refreshments from the bar. However there are also ample stretches of spiaggia libera, “free beach”, where you can sunbathe for free, swim and stroll along splashing in the gentle waves.   Sperlonga’s beaches are credited as being the best to be found North of Naples and South of Rome.  The sparkling, clear waters have been awarded the prestigious European Blue Flag for several years running.  The sea bathing is generally safe, especially for children, because the water remains shallow for tens of metres from the shoreline, with a soft sandy bottom. Our two grandchildren absolutely love it.

This fashionable little town of Sperlonga is extremely popular with Italian visitors from the city of Rome, particularly during the month of August, or on sunny summer weekends, when they flock to the seaside to escape the city heat.  However out of season, Sperlonga reverts to a

Sleepy Peaceful Setting for a Relaxing Italian Holiday.

In our opinion, the best times to visit the beaches are between April and June and between September and  October, when the weather is generally pleasantly warm and the beaches are almost deserted.

So, if you fancy a little break in South Lazio, Italy …

please do take a look at our

New Video about Itri and Sperlonga and our “Tre Cancelle” Farmhouse Holiday Apartments

Here we are on Trip Advisor – Please do read our Reviews

All photos by me © Louise Shapcott


86 – New Videos About “Tre Cancelle” and South Lazio





Tre Cancelle Garden


I (Louie) have been beavering away on the old computer.

Using  my own photos I have  now put together 2 Video / Slideshows.

Please do take a look  ………..

One is dedicated to :

Our “Tre Cancelle” Farmhouse Holiday Apartments

The second is about this interesting region of South Lazio

that we are so lucky to now live in :

“Beautiful South Lazio”

I hope this will give you an idea

of what beauty surrounds us here at

“Tre Cancelle”

For more details about our 2 Farmhouse Holiday Apartments

and other local Holiday Villas available to rent,

please go to our Website at :


 #holidayapartments #sperlonga  #itri #italy vacationapartments #holidayhomes #holidayrentals #holidayvillas


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


20 – “Just Tinkerbell”

In September we welcomed our youngest guests to-date, 2 year old Tom and 5 month old Ben, of course accompanied by their mummy and daddy !!!  They were a lovely young family, who had come to coastal South Lazio to meet up with family who had been sailing their yacht  around Italy and Sardinia during the summer months.

Maggie and Ian plotted their approach into Anzio, through a channel, marked on their chart as being clear, however, the channel had become silted up over time as the local authorities had not been diligent in dredging it. With quite a swell behind them the boat soon ran aground, and became firmly stuck.  Eventually it had to be towed off and lead into safe harbour at Anzio, however the vessel had taken quite a battering, and the steel wire rigging, holding up the 50ft mast had snapped.   

After being in dock for a couple of days for some urgent repairs, they decided  to motor down the coast to Gaeta, to finally meet up with the rest of the family.  Meanwhile a chandlery in Anzio was appointed to make them some replacement rigging.

The reunited family spent a couple of nights here at “Tre Cancelle”, which gave us the opportunity to get to know them all.  Maggie and Ian kindly invited us to go and have a look at their boat, which was named “Just Tinkerbell”.  

The day for our arranged visit, the Anzio chandlers arrived with the new rigging.  Ian was keen to get it fitted, and elected to do this major task himself, climbing up and down the mast using just a climbing harness.  Despite all his arduous work,  it soon became evident  that the chandlery had made the rigging  too long, so it all had to be taken down again, and the chandlers returned once more, saying that they would have to take the rigging away again to adjust it.

Maggie and Ian were a little downcast, as these problems were going to delay their departure, however they warmly welcomed us onboard, and opened a bottle of bubbly to toast our friendship. 

This was the first time I have ever been on such a boat, and I was surprised to find that below decks it was very beautifully and comfortably fitted out, with a saloon/dining area, galley, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

We really enjoyed all the family’s warm company and will always remember our special visit aboard “Just Tinkerbell”.


All The Family Aboard "Just Tinkerbell"

All The Family Aboard