Weekend in Assisi


My last weekend in Italy before returning home (15-17 February), a group of us went to Assisi. I had been to Assisi last summer, but only for a few hours with a tour… Continue reading

Scavi (Excavations under St. Peter’s Basilica)


Two weeks ago Wednesday, Msgr. Ray Dreiling (Fresno CA) and I went on a tour of the Scavi, the Excavations under St. Peter’s Basilica. I read up on the subject after the tour,… Continue reading

Ash Wednesday


We embraced the Lenten season in earnest with mass at 6:45 AM at Santa Sabina on the Aveline Hill. “The Basilica of Saint Sabina is the mother church of the Dominicans perched high above the Tiber to… Continue reading

Cinque Terre: Manarola


Manarola, built on a high rock 70 metres above sea level, is one of the most charming and romantic of the Cinque Terre villages. The tiny harbor features a boat ramp, picturesque multicoloured houses facing… Continue reading

Cinque Terre: Vernazza & Monterosso al Mare


The towns of Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare were the site of terrible floods in the fall of 2011. What we saw were fully recovered towns, with evidence of the flood, water lines… Continue reading

Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore


The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region, to the west of the city of La Spezia. “The Five Lands” is composed of five villages:… Continue reading

La Spezia by Train


Saturday, we took a taxi to the stazione in Firenze to catch a 6:30 AM train to La Spezia. It was cold. And nothing was open. There was a McDonald’s but it took… Continue reading

Firenze


Four of us left Rome by high-speed train for Florence (Firenze) on Friday afternoon. We got in just before sundown and checked into the Convitto della Calza Conference Center, a monastery handed over… Continue reading

This Just In


Today, 11 February 2013, Pope Benedict XVI announced he was stepping down effective 28 February 2013 at 8 PM.

Walking Tour 3


After morning class today, we took a stroll into the city toward the Casa Santa Maria, the original location of the Pontifical North American College, a stone’s throw away from the Pontifical Gregorian… Continue reading

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