Camping Roma Flash at Lake Bracciano to Formia
Bracciano Castle. RP 2.
This route starts from a campsite that is well placed for exploring the area, there are cabins available for those that don't like canvas! The coast is just 30 minutes away or you can reach the Colosseum in Rome in a little over 1 hour.
Bracciano Castle is seen at RP 2, this was built in the 15th century and is one of the largest and best-maintained castles in Italy.
Leaving the lake behind and on a tree lined avenue, the route passes fertile fields growing wheat and barley as you drive through the beautiful countryside on generally quiet roads. The landscape changes to more urban as you approach Rome's ring road. The GRA or Grande Raccordo Anulare (Great Ring Junction). The official number among the Italian motorways is A90, but it is widely known by Romans as 'Il Raccordo' -The Junction!
This route only uses 13 kms of The Junction's 68.2 kms and is soon exiting it and travelling to another lake. Like Lake Bracciano, Lake Albano is a volcanic crater lake and despite it being considerably smaller in size, it is the deepest lake in this region of Lazio with a depth of about 170 m. There are great views of the lake from RP 11 and for anyone interested in Roman history, you can turn right here to visit the town of Albano Laziale which has many sites. The route takes the high road to round the lake and at RP 12 on the opposite side, there is another great view and you can have a coffee too. You are in the Regional Park of the Castelli Romani. In the past the Castelli Romani was a favorite resort for Rome's noble families as well as for Popes. Castelli Romani translates literally as 'Roman Castles', but in fact the name refers to a collection of wine-producing hill-towns. These small towns and villages are scattered over the wooded slopes of the Alban Hills (Colli Albani), a landscape created by long-ago volcanic activity. The circular craters of Lake Nemi and Lake Albano, are testament to the area's geological past, and are among the most attractive natural features of the Lazio region.
On leaving the park, at RP 13 you will get a view of the Lepini mountains 20 kms away and where this route is heading towards. There are olive plantations each side of the road as you get nearer to the mountains. The Lepini range is not large by any standard but they do dominate this area. You will have a view of the second highest peak Monte Lupone at RP 15 and then travel through the ancient and tiny streets of Cori. The road surface is cobble stones as you rise up the hill, and the scenery is straight out of an old black and white movie. The narrow streets complete with washing hanging out to dry just adds to the atmosphere. Passing under an ancient arch and crossing a small bridge indicates that you have left the village.
The route then runs around the edge of the Lepinis, always on higher ground that offers enormous views across the fertile plain and always twisting and turning. The village of Norma RP 18 has developed on a south facing escarpment giving it's residents enviable views towards the coast some 25 kms away, the 6 hairpin road leading out of the village is a good place for some photo's. At RP 19 you can turn right to visit the beautiful Garden of Ninfa. The garden was created among the ruins of the medieval town of Ninfa in the Pontine Marshes and has been classified by the New York Times as one of the most beautiful and romantic gardens in the world.
There is a brief glimpse of the highest of the Lepini peaks at RP 20, Monte Semprevisa 1539 m, it is brief, don't miss it!
RP 25 is another coffee break at the De Santis Cafe in the hamlet of Madonna del Piano, the ancient hilltop village of Castro dei Volsci overlooks the cafe from it's dominant position sat upon the top of a volcanic cone.
Carrying on along delightfully twisty road that sometimes follows the contours of valleys and sometimes taking a more dramatic route around the Auruncis Mountains, you will reach the small costal city of Formia in the heart of the Gulf of Gaeta. The route ends at the campsite of Camping Gianola but there are many other accommodation options available, like the Albergo Little Garden, Hotel.

I have awarded 4**** stars for this route as the roads, scenery and attractions are all very good.
RP 18. View across the plain from Norma.
Looking back to Formia from the harbour wall.
Useful links:
Camping Roma Flash
Camping Gianola
Albergo Little Garden, Hotel
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Lazio (UK: , US: ; Italian: [ˈlattsjo]; Latin: Latium, [ˈlat̪i.ʊ̃ˑ]) is one of the 20 administrative regions of Italy. Situated in the central peninsular section of the country, it has 5,864,321 inhabitants – making it the second most populated region of Italy (after Lombardy and just ahead of Campania) – and its GDP of more than €197 billion per year means that it has the nation's second largest regional economy. The capital of Lazio is Rome, which is also the capital and largest city of Italy.
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View route collection An epic tour down the west coast of Italy to Sicily
About this route collection
This tour of 11 routes has been designed to take you to many of the well known sites in Italy, it even includes some lesser known sites that I think you'll enjoy too.
When they can, the routes will take you as close as you can get to the sites, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa just 100 m from where you park, or the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence where you'll pass right by the end of it and one route takes you as far as you can go up the active volcano Mount Etna.
I said this is a tour of 11 routes and not 11 days because I think you should stop an extra night at one or two places to really enjoy everything that Italy has to offer. For instance; an extra night at La Spezia gives you the opportunity to visit the famous chain of five picturesque seaside fishing villages known as the Cinque Terre. An extra night at the volcanic crater lake - Lake Bracciano, will allow you to take a short train ride into the city Rome to see all of her sights. I'd like an extra night at Salerno to ride the Amalfi Coast road again and another at Cefalu on the island of Sicily to enjoy the spectacular coastline.
What better way to discover amazing Italy than on a road tour? With 80% of world heritage sites, an Italian road tour surely promises an experience worth living!
From a motorcyclist’s point of view, Italy is among the best places in the world to ride. Twisty roads, close distances between sea, hills and mountains – you only need to ride a few miles and the landscape changes completely. Excellent food, good weather and reasonable costs make Italy an attractive touring place for bikers. Reasonably priced hotels and B&Bs; have been used with links to these on each route review.

Route highlights:
Route 1: The Italian Riviera and Portofino.
Route 2: Pisa, Florence and Siena.
Route 3. Volcanic crater lakes and the Tuscany landscape.
Route 4. Twisty roads through the foothills of the Lepini mountains.
Route 5. The Amalfi Coast road.
Route 6. The equally spectacular Cilento Coast road.
Route 7. Tropea and the Coast of Gods.
Route 8. Climbing Mount Etna and the incredibly twisty road to Cefalu.
Route 9. Twisty roads and The Valley of the Temples.
Route 10. The pure white cliffs of Scala dei Turchi and the Selinunte Temples.
Route 11. The salt pans of Trapani and the Grotta Mangiapane.

The tour ends in the ferry port of Palermo where you have a choice to either take to the road to head off of the island at Messina or hop on a ferry. Ferry destinations from Palermo include Genoa in northern Italy, the Italian island of Sardinia where you can tour the island and hop on another ferry to France, or even take a ferry to Tunisia in North Africa. The choice is yours. I hope you have enjoyed this tour.