We are staying at what is unquestionably the most extraordinary place I’ve ever stayed in. It is a castle that was purchased by the current owner’s father from the last king of Italy. The part of the castle we are staying in is over 600 years old. The rest of the place is over 3000 years old! The pathway/road just outside of our suite’s bedroom window is a part of the historic via Roma. We are here for a few days because, once again, the villa we rented was not what was advertised, and up a very long and difficult dirt road to traverse. So we are staying in this castle as the rental agency finds us a suitable villa to house us and Bonnie’s friend and former student, Jess. Proving once again that a mishap in life can often be more than compensated for by an unexpected bit of very good fortune.