Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rocco Maggiore

October 14, 2012

Up and off to church on this day to Chiesa Nuova...
(these pics are courtesy of Wikipedia because as I've said so many times, no one is allowed to take pics inside these churches)
As I'm following the signs to the not to a hotel or to the toilet or even to St. Clares church, but to Chiesa Nuova.....I finally found an Italian who was happy to let me take his pic.
A distinguished looking gentleman, or so I thought....until I was informed that this is the crazy man in town!!  Literally, crazy!!  and I found him...hahahahaha....!
Mass at this church was wonderful...a small, simple service compared to the pomp and circumstance of the big, huge churches...was cathartic.
After church, while having a slice of pizza and a beer at an outside table on the outskirts of town, I decided to just start walking...with the goal of getting to Rocco Maggiore.....just walk until I get there or until I got too tired!
I begin the walk there, going towards the gates of the city where I saw so many beautiful sites...
street views...

scenes right outside the gates of town....altho, I did find out that once you see this....
you really ought to re-think just how far you really want to walk!! Believe me, the roads only get steeper and longer once you go past this sign!!
Let me show you exactly where I'm walking to from below!

a military castle that has a 360 degree view of the city below
It took me about an hour to walk up to the top, stopping at time to bask in the glory of these views.
About 1/2 way there....

and the top!

and the view from the top down to the town...

It was a glorious afternoon of beauty.  I took many moments to just appreciate where I was and what I was doing.....making it all a precious memory.

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