Santuario della Verna

We enjoyed the hospitality of Graziano and Silvia.

They gave us a tour of their garden in the back. Cucumber, tomato, sage, zucchini were a few of the things growing abundantly.

There were two other couples staying at the B&B. One from Germany and one from Austria. We enjoyed the meal together with wonderful conversations.

The ravioli was one of the best I have had. Tomatoes from the garden were the best tomatoes I have ever had. We were truly fortunate to have a memorable meal.

Our destination today was the Santuario della Verna, one of the holiest places in Italy. The Monastery in La Verna was a gift to St. Francis and one of his favorite places. He has reported to have meditated in caves in the surrounding hill caves.

Our day today was simple. Just climb about 2,000 feet to the Monastery. No downhill and not many switchbacks.

This morning the view from our room as we were getting ready to leave.

We enjoyed blackberries from the trail as we began our hike.

Finding the right angle and focus!

After couple of hours of walking it was time for our usual picnic in the nature.

We walked along the ridge for a while.

Finally we entered this mystical and magical forest. It was quite, peaceful, and spiritual. We lingered our way slowly to soak in the beauty around us.

This little video might convey the sound of silence better than a picture.

Finally we saw the glimpse of the monastery over the rock. We are planning to stay in the Monastery for tonight and tomorrow night. I can’t think of a better place to enjoy a rest day.

9 thoughts on “Santuario della Verna

  1. Sam Jiwani

    Beautiful picture of you two with the valley in the background. Freshly made ravioli by an Italian chef sounds so delicious. I am sure people in those villages do not have to use can openers and microwave, etc. Video and pictures of jungle sure revels the natural beauty…

  2. Monique Henningfield-Paxton

    The raviloli looks SO YUMMY!!! Glad to hear it was the best you ever had!!! The sunrise picture with the purple sky is gorgeous!! 🙂

  3. Amy Bertorelli

    Those tomatoes and homemade ravioli….you seem to be enjoying the bounty of Italy, its food, places and lovely people. How wonderful to spend 2 nights in that ancient monastery.

  4. sakkar01

    Looks like I missed several days of your posts being busy at work, etc. I am glad I have had a chance today to catch up on all of the posts I missed, so fortunate to be able to stay in one of his favorite places – I feel overwhelmed just reading about it and seeing the pictures? I could not play the video?


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