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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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
Berlin's Hauptbahnhof Train Station A Destination
Have you ever thought about a railroad station being
like a big department store? I mean what if when you boarded the
elevator to go to "Home Furnishings," or Electrical Appliances
on the 2nd or 3rd floor you heard instead announcements about trains
going north, south, west and east and all on different levels? Hard
to believe, but there IS a railroad station in Europe that does exactly
An Assumption in Bled
The secret to a successful marriage is for a husband
to carry his bride up all 99 steps to the Church of the Assumption on the
Island in Bled, Slovenia. If only someone would have told me about this
Slovenian tradition 20 years ago.
Europe's Churches: Religion's Treasures
People, of course, like to look at pretty things: Charlize
Theron, Brad Pitt, sunsets, waterfalls, Ferrari automobiles, cathedrals.
The last two might have something in common. The late French critic, Roland
Barthes once said such exotic cars were the equivalent of today's great
Gothic cathedrals. Maybe so and the majestic churches of Medieval Europe
are on many persons' must-see lists when they head what for them is the
Ostrava, Czech Republic: A City Where Puppets, Pints
and Real People Peacefully Co-Exist
I'm not at all a connoisseur of beer. I know a Pilsner
Lager is a good beer; Bud Light is not. I know beers from the Czech Republic
are among the best in the world. But it wasn't until I was marinating in
a beer barrel in Ostrava, Czech Republic that I really got to experience
a good beer that up close and personal.
Spanish Charm and Luxury in Cozy Claremont
Claremont is only about 30 miles from my home in Pasadena,
but my recent trip to the sleepy college town transported me much farther
away, to a relaxing and beautiful place reminiscent of a mountain resort
community with touches of Spain. My getaway to Claremont began when a
friend and I checked into a luxurious suite at Casa 425, a Spanish-styled
boutique hotel in the heart of the town square.
Up Close & Personal With "Youth" Director
Paolo Sorrentino, whose "The Great Beauty,"
garnered him the 2014 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, has
written and directed another Oscar contender "Youth."
This is a tender film starring Academy Award winner Michael Caine as Fred
Ballinger, a retired British conductor, and Harvey Keitel as Mick Boyle,
a Hollywood director and Ballinger's best friend since childhood.
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!