Traveling Boy Bloggers on the
Vicenza Walks Monte Berico Story, photographs and video by Tom Weber
Covered archway shows the way up Monte Berico
British film star Hugh Grant, I, too, went up a hill; but, unlike Grant,
as Reginald Anson, the English cartographer, I didn't come down a mountain.
It's still a hill, but what a hill it is!
I've got the perfect destination for a leisurely walk
that I undertook just the other day. If you'll simply put one foot in
front of the other, you can join me as I lead the way up Monte Berico
(Mount Berico). Feel free to point-and-shoot along the way.
Monte Berico, a small hill that overlooks and
dominates the City
of Vicenza, is part of the undulating and vast Colli Berici
(Berici Hills) that spreads out south of the city.
Cupola of the Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico
Located just a short distance from the Centro Storico
(Old Town), religious pilgrims, tourists and local residents alike take
the steep hike up this hill to visit the Santuario della Madonna
di Monte Berico (the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Monte Berico),
the city's patron saint.
This is a jewel of a walk, with architectural and religious
significance. Those up for the climb to the summit arrive on foot via
an impressive 700-meter-long, two-sectioned archway.
Under the covered archway leading to the summit
of Monte Berico Vicenza, Italy
Constructed to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, the archway
was designed by architect Francesco Muttoni and unveiled in 1746.
The procession-like design, consisting of 150 arches
in groups of 10, symbolizes the 15 Mysteries and 150 Hail Mary's of
the Rosary which are recited during the Stations of the Cross and other
religious traditions observed by members of the Roman Catholic Church.
Piazzalle della Vittoria fronts the Santuario atop
Monte Berico Vicenza, Italy
Fronting the Santuario is the Piazzale della
Vittoria (Victory Square), a national monument dedicated in 1924
to honor Italy's fallen heroes from numerous battles fought against
Austria during World War I.
Panoramic view of Vicenza's Centro Storico as seen
from the overlook atop
From Piazzale della Vittoria on a clear
day you can see just about forever from its large oval balcony:
the panorama of Vicenza down below, the pre-Alps in the background to
the north, and the Venetian Lagoon to the east.
Part of the two-section archway showing the way
up Monte Berico Vicenza, Italy
I live here and never tire of the trek up to Monte
Berico under the shade of the beautifully crafted covered archway.
It's a "must see" stop for anyone visiting Vicenza.
Let Tom know what you think about his traveling adventure.
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for Destination Bosnia: Inside Sarajevo's Tunnel of Hope
Spent time in Sarajevo in the fall of 1973 beer was excellent!
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I must say, you're photographs are always amazing. They are
top notch. You bring so much class to Traveling Boy. It's photographs like yours
that make me want to go out and do my own traveling. Please don't get tired
of sending us your amazing adventures. It's such a delight for the soul.
--- Raoul, Whittier, CA
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I'm also an American living in Italy. I've read with interest your blog and
articles. I'd like to speak with you regarding residency and citizenship for
Americans in Italy as you do seem to have a great deal of knowledge on all of
these subjects. Would it be possible to give you a call on the phone? If so,
please let me know how to reach you. If not, I can ask my questions via email.
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Hey Tom Wow! Love those photos they are so super
that they make me A) Want to start eating NOW. B) Go there myself. C) See all
that pristine beauty that looks so restful and peaceful. Great story, superb
--- John, Los Angeles, CA
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for Destination Southwestern France: Saint-Émilion
Good job, Tom, and timely info. St. Émilion is in the
list of places Jim Hayes and I will visit in September 2014. If we get the chance,
we will exploit your experience to enhance the trip!
--- Bobby Harper, Dameron, MD
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for Vicenza Walks Monte Berico
I lived in Vicenza for 4 years in the U.S. ARMY from 1963 to
1967. A wonderful place to explore. Palladios works are amazing. Have
been back twice since and find new places to visit. My favorite is MONTE BERICO
where I have some wonderful photos of my family.
--- Dr. Albert Pizzi, Hanover, MA
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I liked the new TB particularly the Vicenza article that took
me back as a youth when we lived in Naples and travelled up there for a baseball
tourney (U.S. Military Bases dependent schools played each other.)
Took me back to the plaza.
for A Canterbury Trail (Sutri)
Very interesting note. I have wedroned which route the early
pre-Christian and Christian pilgrims travelled to Rome from England. Is it still
possible to travel the Francigena trail?
Good article, enjoyed reading it. Saved your recommended sights
for future use.
--- Dardenne Prairie, MO
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You're going to be great at this Tom. Congrats.
--- Donna Vissa -Montreal
Honoring American Pilot Billy Fiske of the RAF
When you first see the plaque you might wonder how
on earth Billy Fiske, an American Olympic champion, and the son of a wealthy
New York City banker, was flying British Hurricane fighters in 1940, during
"The Battle of Britain" in World War Two. Especially when you
know that America was still nearly a year and a half away from entering
that war. Even more extraordinary is that when Fiske died the British not
only created the aforementioned special plaque about him, but placed it
in Britain's iconic St Paul's Cathedral in London.
Eyes Wide Open in Fairbanks: A Trip
to Alaska’s Mighty Interior
I had just put my head on the hotel room pillow. The
day had been a fun but it was also long and taxing and a good
nights sleep was in order. Suddenly, the riveting sound of something
as bad as bulldozer challenged my senses. I looked at my hotel clock
it was 1 AM. I bolted out of bed, charged to the hotel window and pulled
open the curtain. Across the river, there was a man operating, well, a bulldozer.
Traveling in Northern Italy
Italy seems to enjoy American visitors more than it
does any other European country. Indeed it really, really welcomes them
maybe because Italy has sent us so many immigrants and we are now traveling
amongst their relatives. And American travelers love Italy. That may go
back to the early parts of the 20th century when, for sure, Rome and, probably,
Florence were a part of the Grand Tour. But with the exception of Venice
and maybe Pisa you seldom see folk from our country if you travel through
Walk Japan: Exploring the Head, the Heart and the
Soul of a Country
It is not often that a toilet and a tea ceremony form
perfect metaphors for the culture of a country, but so it is in Japan. The
toilet falls into the realm of delightful personal discoveries albeit
all of them in the hotel bathroom of the Kyoto Park Hotel. First, a warm
toilet seat with a variety of buttons that cleaned more areas with water
spray than I have nether region body parts...
Wizarding World of Harry Potter Brings More Magic
to Universal Studios
Every magical kingdom needs a good castle, and with the
addition of "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" attraction,
Universal Studios Hollywood now has one of the best I've seen this side
of Transylvania or even Hogwarts. Opened in April of this year, the attraction
is inspired by J.K. Rowling's world-famous stories and characters that
were brought to life in eight Warner Bros. films.
Islands of Croatia Sanctuaries of Beauty, Grace
& Rejuvenation, Part II
Today we would be introduced to Wellness Hotel Aurora,
one of the famous Health Zones on the island of Loinj. As far back
as 1884, Professor Ambroz Haracic released his research demonstrating
the correlation between the climate and the island's indigenous plants
as impacting positively on health issues. Several years later, the Austro-Hungarian
government in Vienna acknowledged Mali and Veli Loinj as healing
La Paz, Baja California Sur
Photographer Deb Roskamp focuses her camera on La Paz,
Baja California Sur. The resort property is CostaBaja, and the boat tours,
which include snorkeling at the UNESCO protected site, Isla Espiritu Santo,
were conducted by Fun Baja. The photographs are intended to speak for
Leviticus 20:13 Sent by Tom of Pasadena,
It all makes sense now. Gay marriage and marijuana
was legalized in the last election. Leviticus 20:13 states
"If a man lays with another man, he should be stoned..." We've
been interpreting it wrong all these years!