Hotel Gio' Wine E Jazz Area
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We climbed the 56 steps leading up to this impressive House of Worship only to find, not open until 10am, too late for us. However, as we know, if you are there for prayer, there is always a side door. And so there was in this instance also.
The Cathedral is dedicated to St.Andrew. Two Italian cleaning ladies were methodically mopping the floor and quietly chatting. Their ministry to God in that place!
We stayed long enough for ...
... or holding onto the grate allowing the moment to impact on them. We sat for a while to admire the tomb and scene. It is inspiring and very moving to be here. Little wonder so many miracles have been performed in his name. After Mass and hot chocolate, we head to a 1.5 walk down beside the monastery to the valley below. While it was a steep walk at times and took about 2 hours to go down and come back up, it was a tiring but lovely walk. The ...
... the Cathedral we actually met people we knew!! Earlier in the week, our host and land-lady, Katia had invited us to her home for dinner with her family and eight other Australians staying in Panicale! Four of these folk were making a last minute visit to Orvieto on route to Rome for several days, before heading back to USA.
On our first, rushed visit, we lunched at a tattoria at the bottom of the "old city", not far from ...
Today began early with a 5am wake up call. We were packed, boarded, and on the road by 6:30 headed to Assisi. A three hour nap later we arrived in the beautifully peaceful city. Late morning we had tours of St. Francis church ending at his tomb. After we spent some time there we headed to the hotel to check in and get lunch. Italians eat a lot of carbs, which don't fill you up for very long, so by the time we say down to lunch I was starving. I had some ...
... not a soul in sight. Not a shop open. Not a cat. NOBODY!!!! Can you image.....an entire town closed????
Next day we choofed off to claim our miracles from Saint Frances of Assisi, who founded the Franciscan Religious Order in the town in 1208. He is know as the patron Saint of Animals and the Environment. Another mountain side medieval town, also fascinating. Loads of walking, Paul went up the Fortress tower - and a walk through the streets and shops. Had a spritz in ...