Virtual Pilgrimage | Day 1 - Ciao!
At the end of our overnight flight from Boston on Alitalia we landed in Rome shortly after 12 noon. After navigating through customs and baggage claim, we met our tour guide, Vincenzo, who led us to our motorcoach. We enjoyed a quiet 2-hour ride to Assisi. We enjoyed seeing the landscape of Umbria with its rolling hills and fields as we made our way to the medieval hillside town of Assisi.
During the 12th and 13th centuries Assisi built its churches, public buildings, towers and walls bringing in the most famous architects and painters of the time. This is the Assisi that we will see with our eyes over the next two days. But the spirit of this town can be found primarily in the great saint of Assisi - Francis. One thinks of simplicity and peace when St. Francis is named. He presented to the world a new and radical way to live the Christian life. He founded a new religious order that embraced his teachings and way of life. His friend Clare joined him and founded a community of women. Tomorrow we will visit the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare. But this evening we settled in our rooms at the Hotel Fontebella and enjoyed our first meal together in Italy. What a great way for one of the pilgrims - Bev Randazzo - to celebrate her birthday.
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St. Mary's Parish ~ 20 Summer Street ~ Shrewsbury, MA
on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 5:32PM