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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
World in Miniature So HUGE (And Extraordinary) You'll Not Believe
Do you like exploring countries overseas? When you get
there, are you the adventurous type, seeking out unusual, offbeat things
to see on your journeys? I wonder if, like me, you are fascinated by finding
museums, or special attractions, that feature true-to-life designed toy
models of ships, trains and planes and just about everything in
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...
Post Cards from Maine While Driving "Down East"
Travel writers tend to be opinionated ... so may we
mention our thoughts on Maine? Our favorite villages in that state are the
two Kennebunks and we think the prettiest fishing village in the Pine Tree
State is Camden and the most interesting city to visit by far is
Portland. Maine (although we do concede Portland, Oregon gives it a run
for its money).
Puerto Rico: From Travesty to Tourism
Picture this: From 1948 to 1999, the U.S. Department
of Navy bombed the hell out of its own country. Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration
but here's what happened. From the early 1940's, the U.S. military
used a good part of Vieques, Puerto Rico, a small island off the coast,
as a training ground for ship-to-shore gunfire, air-to-ground bombing, and
Marine amphibious landings. It was not until a Puerto Rican security guard
was accidentally killed by an errant bomb in April 1999 that the opposition
began in earnest.
Eclectic Fun and Food
In Long Beach
Long Beach is known for its world-class Aquarium of
the Pacific and the legendary Queen Mary ocean liner. But as I recently
learned, the water-front city is also an eclectic paradise, full of incredible
restaurants, great hotels, and a myriad of awesome activities. My summer
getaway to the city began at the luxurious Renaissance Long Beach Hotel,
located in the heart of the entertainment district in downtown.
Valley Southern California Wine Country A Relaxing Nearby Get-Away
A lovely invitation arrived from the folks at Visit
Temecula Valley inviting a select group of travel writers to cover their
annual Balloon and Wine Festival, along with visits to some of their restaurants
and award-winning wineries. In two delightfully packed days, we experienced
a cross section of what this tiny gem of a bucolic vacation destination
has to offer.
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!