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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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
The Best Aviation Museum in Europe!
A Gathering of Eagles; A Pride of Lions, or a Flight of
Airline Pilots, might well describe an aviation heaven thats about
50 miles from London, in England, 45 minutes by express train, and is
known throughout the world as the Imperial War Museum Duxford, where youll
find yourself especially if you're an aircraft buff in an
aviation paradise, as its the home of numerous classic British,
American and German aircraft from WW2.
Norway in a Nutshell
Breathtaking fjords, cascading waterfalls, towering
snow-capped mountains, pristine farmhouses with sod roofs, blankets of wildflowers
Norway in a Nutshell is a living picture postcard that you will never
Driving the Route of Bertha Benz: A German Wonder
Want to drive along the world's first long distance
automobile road? Can you handle 97 miles of rural German highway in a modern
car? (They drive on the right just like us.) Want to hear about the woman
who drove it in 1888? Take the train from Frankfurt to Mannheim, look for
the tribute to the world's first automobile and hear the story of Bertha
Benz, Germany's Wonder Woman of 1888.
with Medieval Mysteries: Hiking Through History in Southern France
Climbing up the wide circular stone staircase to our
hotel room in the Chateau des Ducs de Joyeuse on the first night, I knew
this would be a very different trip. I could just as easily be accessing
a medieval castle as a lodging facility and then I found out I was.
Although I suspect our room was a lot less drafty than those of the lords
and ladies who preceded us.
Point Resort and Spa
To some, paradise is a romantic dinner on a moonlit
bay. To others it's a secluded bungalow on the beach, or a soothing massage
in a tropical setting. To me it's all of the above and this is why I love
a retreat such as Paradise Point Resort & Spa on San Diego's majestic
Mission Bay. Covering 44 acres, the resort is a tropical rain forest-like
oasis, boasting an award-winning seafood restaurant, a full-service spa
and 430 guestrooms...
Johan Heldenbergh on "The Broken Circle Breakdown"
Belgium actor Johan Heldenbergh is an amazing multi-talented
man. He is the writer of the original play "The Broken Circle Breakdown"
and played the lead character of Didier. The story is best described as
a romantic melodrama, which mines the love story between the characters
of Didier and Elise, a young woman whose entire body is decorated with tattoos
depicting her life's story.
Palouse Scenic Byway
Photographer Deb Roskamp focuses
her camera on The Palouse Scenic Byway which combines 208 miles of sweeping
hills, spectacular vistas, small towns and farms in southeast Washington
and north central Idaho. Photographed May 14, 15 & 16, 2012, the images
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!
Lights, Camera, Action: In Search of Movie Locations
in the Land of Aloha
The vog blanketed the evening Honolulu skyline, compliments
of the volcanic ash that blew in from towering Mt. Pelée on the Big
Island of Hawaii. More a curiosity than a hindrance, a larger than
life Elvis was still clearly on display, singing and strumming a ukulele
on Waikiki Beach. This was a real Elvis sighting thanks to the Honolulu
Film Festival where the film Blue Hawaii was projected on a mammoth screen
right on the beach.
Me Home, Country Roads
Our "Man in Italy" is packing his bags and
joining a group of international media aboard a luxury motorcoach to sample
a portion of Insight Vacations' "Country Roads of Italy" itinerary.
He'll be traveling in style and, in between glasses of wine and superb food,
he'll be filing his dispatches about la dolce vita around the Umbria
and Tuscany regions of the Bel Paese.