If you are in the piazza, with the monument to your left, continue straight down the street. Just a few doors down, you will seen a green canape on your left, and a panficio sign. This is the bakery. Take a walk inside and enjoy their thinly sliced pizza marguerite, zucchini pizza, or try the white pizza with thinly sliced potatoes! Enjoy ricotta pie or a crostada made with apricot marmelade. Their cream puffs are a must!!
Stop in and see Vincenzo Petiglio..He makes the best Espresso, and Cappuccino! The locals drink Crodino, Bitter (Red or White ) Zucca di Frutta, which is fruit juice made of pear, blueberry, or red orange. They do not serve food, but the locals enjoy snacks, such as coronetto, potato chips, ice cream (try the Ringo..which are ice cream sandwiches in the shape of a large, round cookie, with vanilla ice cream). You can watch the San Remo music festival on TV, or enjoy the soccer game! Small, but cozy bar!
Enjoy the beauty of nature on forca d'arcero mountain, or just drive through the snow with your friends. The fresh mountain air, a little walking, talking, and maybe buy some good cheese. The food is good on forca d'arcero mountain. Just drive slowly because the road is very slippery at times! Do not forget your little barbecue grill, picnic blanket, and favorite book on a warm day....Some San Donatese bring a guitar, and sing Napoleatano songs on the mountain
Enjoy all types of fresh, Italian cheeses, prosciutto, mortadella, salami, and other types of sausage meets. Baskets of chocolates, candies, and other sweets are at your fingertips! There are fresh vegetables, fruits, olives, lupini beans, fish, linens, clothing, shoes, and more! Go ahead and try the red, blood oranges--delicious! You can also find other items, such as inexpensive watches, necklaces, bracelets, scarves, etc. The market opens in the morning, usually around 9am, until about 1pm each Sunday. If you are there in August, buy the dark or green figs! They are a "must have".
There is a small theater in the town, near the elementary school in Piazza Liberta. The locals always know the schedule, or there is usually a poster hanging to announce the upcoming theater performances. It is a fun thing to do , and the amateur performers are terrific!
The town of Ponte Melfa is a 10 minute drive from the town. Enjoy a crepe at the Crepeteria and Yogurteria. It is owned by my friends, Anna and Roberto Cautilli. It is brightly painted and has a tropical atmosphere. Enjoy many different types of crepes. Some are fattening with Nutella spread in the middle, but you can also have yogurt and fruit in your crepe if you are health conscious. It is a fun thing to do and, you will enjoy the conversation with Roberto his daughter, Chiara, and wife Anna.
You can get a ride or take a bus from San Donato to the next little city, which is Cassino.
Cassino is about a 30 minute ride from San Donato. Get to the train station ( it is the only train station nearby, so everyone knows how to get there, or just go to the gas station in San Donato as you leave town, and they will give you directions) Buy a round trip ticket in the Cassino train station to Rome and enjoy a 2 hour ride to Rome. San Donato is a tiny town, yet close enough for other things to do...even the city of Rome!!
If you are in San Donato during the summer months, go to the public pool. It is fun, and they keep the swimming pool very clean. You can buy refreshments, and rent a lounge chair. It most recently cost about 3 or 4 Euro as an entrance fee if you are not a resident of San Donato. Soak up the rays and relax. The best time to go is around 1:30, when everyone else is home eating, then it is quieter. They play good cds there, too! Make a day of it, and enjoy the beautiful water of the pool. There is a tennis court right next door to the pool! Just ask the locals or the town hall where the pool is ( or piscina)
Visit Forca D'Arcero mountain. It is a beautiful and peaceful drive. During the warm weather, you will see many campers, or other visitors having a barbecue. During the winter months, there is plenty of snow. Stop in at the only restaurant located on Forca D'Arcero. They sell great cheese and the espresso is delicious! It may be hot weather in the summer, but sit under the shade on Forca D'Arcero mountain. While you are in San Donato, ask the locals about a hike through Forca D'Arcero. (They call hiking "footing")
The Castle at Vicalvi is Free and you can take a pleasant walk around this large castle ruins.. Only about a 15 minute drive from San Donato Val Di Comino..