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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
a Harry Potter Train In the Spectacular Scottish Highlands
For an extraordinary "Side Trip" on your European
vacation, consider Harry Potter. Yeah, THAT one. Ever since I was a kid
growing up in London, I've always been tantalized by trains especially
steam trains, and on one of many trips to Scotland, part of my journey
took me through the Highlands. Because I'm a travel journalist, the Scottish
Tourist Board and knowing of my love for "Treasured Trains"
was kind enough to provide me with a remarkably well informed guide...
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
Spain, Portugal, Morocco with Insight Vacations: Postcards
from the Edge of the Continent
Three countries the easy way: you don't have to drive,
you don't have to schlepp your suitcase around, you get picked up
at your hotel each morning and you get as many days as you'd ever want in
Morocco and you don't have to spend a lifetime learning to speak
Unlike Most Travel Promotions, the Garden Isle's Hype Actually Deserves
a Truth-in-Advertising Award
Remember when Maui was considered the undeveloped island
of Hawaii, in the days before hordes of tourists and the commercialism
that inevitably follows invaded its pristine coastline? Well quick
before the same thing happens to Kauai, visit the Garden Isle, the
lushest and prettiest of the Hawaiian Islands. Go before it loses its virginity
to the ravaging developers already hovering about its shores.
Ivy Hot Springs
Sometimes when the stresses of life or the hectic work
week get to me and I need a mini-vacation to rejuvenate my body, mind and
soul, I retreat to the soothing sanctuary known as Glen Ivy Hot Springs.
Located about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles, in the majestic rolling
hills of Corona, the luxurious spa features natural spring mineral baths,
a large therapeutic mud pit, pools and Jacuzzi's and a host of traditional
and exotic massages and body treatments.
Farmiga on the Complex Demands as Mother, Wife, and Actor
Vera Farmiga is a familiar on-screen personality and
has racked up a number of memorable roles in such films as "The Departed,"
"Source Code," "Goats," "Safe House," "The
Conjuring," and "Up in the Air," which earned her both a
BAFTA and Academy Award nominations for Actress in a Supporting Role. Her
latest film,"At Middleton," in which she co-stars with Andy Garcia,
garnered her the Best Actress award from the Boston Society of Film Critics.
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!
Our Irish Dream Vacation
My wife and I woke up to the smell of rich morning
coffee. It was to be part of our breakfast on our first day in Ireland,
always a dream in itself. It has been said that all Irish homes become a
bed and breakfast during the summer, and this Donegal County cottage with
one spare room was no exception.
Roads: Saintly Assisi
Our "Man in Italy" rolls on with Insight
Vacations on its "Country Roads of Italy" journey through Umbria
and Tuscany. In his seventh dispatch, he details his visit to a town noted
to have more saints-per-kilometer than anywhere else in the world: ahs-SEE-zee.