Twenty-odd years ago, my wife and son and I were lost in the Italian countryside somewhere between Rome and Venice (not a bad thing except we were low on gas) and we stumbled on a beautiful tiny town whose name was then lost. Until recently! I found some postcards my wife (now deceased) had kept a travel diary on, and she's recorded the name of the town. But I can't read it!

She wrote that we had gotten off the autostrada at Tivoli (which seems possible but I can't say for sure) and drove for quite a while through windy two-lane roads without seeing any towns until this little beauty.

Any help deciphering her handwriting? It looks like San Gregorino to me, but there's no town by that name. I will also say that in my memory, there wasn't a castle, just a town wall, but as I say it was twenty-odd years ago and anything is possible.

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    Note that -ino is a diminutive ending in Italian: in principle it is possible that any small church or town devoted to S. Gregorio could be colloquially known as "San Gregorino" among the locals. Aug 18, 2021 at 9:26

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San Gregorio da Sassola?

  • 10-15 km from Tivoli via narrow winding roads

  • Small town (population about 1500)

  • Appropriate name, if the "n" was a mistake

  • Site of Castello Brancaccio.


Gas station AND Castle... Don't tell me it's your car too getting refueled... [San Gregorio da Sassola] enter image description here

(Image from Google Street View)

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    Unless that's a 20 year old pic, probably not the OP's car. If it is a 20 yo pic and that is the OP's car, that's... amazing!
    – FreeMan
    Aug 18, 2021 at 14:13
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    @FreeMan no need to destroy his joke by overthinking it
    – fynsta
    Aug 18, 2021 at 14:27
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    Where did you get this photo? Aug 18, 2021 at 21:23
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    @AzorAhai-him-: Evidently Google Street View, given the arrows. I added attribution and a link. user122523: in future please provide attribution to images or other third-party content included in your posts. Welcome to the site! Aug 19, 2021 at 4:11
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    Alas! (1) We took no pictures on that day, (2) my car was red, and (3) Google Street View was still science fiction (grin) Aug 19, 2021 at 14:56

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