Saturday, May 29, 2010
One of the best things about Italy! Good thing I don't live here. It would be my undoing. Churches and gelato shops--I'm hitting them all! And something seems awfully right about that--for now!
Today included a long hike down the Via Appia Antiqua(Appian Way). Stops along the way included The Church of Domine Quo Vadis (where, tradition holds St. Peter met Christ while fleeing persecution in Rome and turned back, and which contains some nice frescoes), the Church of San Cesareo in Palatio, and the Catacombes of San Callisto, featuring some of the earliest and most splendid frescoes from the world of Christian art. (Sorry, no photography allowed).
Lunch over a plate of spaghetti within a little restaurant tucked into the ancient road's wall and run by an elderly Italian couple completed the day. Back to Sant' Anselmo in plenty of time for rest, Vespers, dinner, and a walk with Fr. Paul (yes, to a gelato shop!).
Sunday I'm headed to Sacro Speco, about an hour from Rome, for a day or so. It should be a real treat. It's where St. Benedict lived in a cave for three years before establishing his monasteries. I'm told the frescoes there are plentiful and stunning. If you'd like a peek, try the link below. While there, I may be incommunicado for a day or two.