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.