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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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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
"Marvelous Monaco" By Helicopter!
What "images" appear in your mind about Monaco?
To me it's stunning, multimillion homes, lush tropical shrubbery, and
glamorous gambling casinos with equally beautiful, ultra-wealthy people.
I was sure there was also a fairy tale Mediterranean harbor overflowing
with multimillion dollar yachts and huge luxurious motor boats
all of which made me think Monaco is into the stratosphere of luxury and
riches, it's far beyond the reach of the "normal tourist." Wow,
was I wrong.
Cool Country on the California Coast: From San Diego
to Pismo Beach
They came by the thousands. It was not the first time,
nor would it be the last. These were young Americans, many of whom who had
never lived more than forty-miles from their place of birth. This all changed
with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Most of the U.S. military bases were located
in California and the recruits were shipped to an unfamiliar landscape of
wide-open spaces, eternal sunshine, crystal-clear ocean waters and groves
of citrus trees...
Along Aquitaine's Rivers with Uniworld's River
Royale, Part 2
Why would you chose a river boat as part of visiting
a European city? There are easy answers. You've been moving around with
the same bunch of passengers for several days and like tourists or
locals you meet on European trains many are willing even anxious
to give you suggestions on what you do on this vacation in this part of
St. Mary's County: Where the Colonists are Still Minding the Farm
Rebecca, an indentured servant, has only been at the
plantation for two months, and already she has mastered the skills of milking,
cooking, gardening and tending to the animals... The Captain of the Dove,
the ship that brought her from England, explains the intricacies of determining
longitude and latitude in 1634... Plantation owner Godiah Spray worries
about the back rent his tenant farmer owes him...
La Vida Lompoc
Lompoc has always been a mystery to me a town
I've heard of but never visited, a name on road signs along Highway 1, but
never a destination. Well this all changed recently when I visited the town
for couple nights of delightful discovery.
Northern Ireland: The Land of Castles, Legends &
In Part 1, which covered Days 1 and 2 of this amazing
journey through Northern Ireland, we explored Carrickfergus Castle; had
a fabulous meal at the beautiful French Rooms at Bushmills and visited
Glenarm Castle. We explored the ancient Giant's Causeway with its scientific,
as well as mythological, explanations of its formation; wandered through
the ruins of Dunluce Castle. Could Days 3 and 4 get any better? Read on
and you'll see.
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 themselves.
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!