Villa Maria Hotel & Spa
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... still active. Neil rang a bell and spoke in Italian to a nun who opened the door to the abbey before scuttling off without saying anything. It could be a silent order. She did give us a wave however. There are some lovely frescoes but most interesting was a very old style simple coffin. There was also a statue that I thought was Jesus showing some leg. Turns out it was a saint showing his bloody scars of martyrdom or the plague.
Throw in the occasional blue lake and the picture is complete. It was simply stunning. The town was very cultured with a couple of jewellery shops where I treated myself to a ring that was made by the old man who sold it to me. He is the 13th generation of his family to work in the shop. It was fascinating. We also bought a scarf and a wall hanging made from local wool from a charming talented lady.
... then did washing and had a break before meeting the group at 7pm for passeggiata - an Italian tradition - an evening stroll before dinner. Not going anywhere. Just strolling. Neil told us of an Easter tradition in Sulmona of the Running Madonna. They take a huge statue of the Madonna from one church to another. The next morning, a dozen men walk out carrying the statue to a solemn drum beat which gradually gets ...
... down on Positano before heading back through the wiggly roads through the mountains. After driving back through Naples we drve right accross Italy to a farmhouse in a olive orchard where we were staying the night. We visited a seafood shop on the fishing wharf and Dad bought oysters and mussels and scallops which mum cooked up for dinner. The farmhouse was a little rough but we spent the night planning some of the other destinations to follow. Good Night for now. - Grace
... G&T in a square.
For dinner we had basil pesto pasta for dinner, followed by beans and carrots in vinegar and a dried meat with parmesan cheese. I can't remember what it was called, but it tasted a bit like corned beef but really thin.
There was a big match on the TV last night. One of the local Torino teams vs a Rome team for the Italy football cup. We settled down to cheer their team to victory.
Two of Alex's friends have offered to let me stay the ...