Cee, she of the weekly Fun Foto Challenge, wants all of her fellow bloggers to get out from behind the computer and go for a WALK, indoors or out.
Well, I’ve got the perfect destination for my latest installment of Vicenza Walks. If you missed an earlier one, just click HERE.
If you’ll simply put one foot in front of the other, join me as I lead the way up Monte Berico. Feel free to point-and-shoot along the way.
Monte Berico (Mount Berico), a small hill that overlooks and dominates the City of Vicenza, is part of the undulating and vast Colli Berici (Berici Hills).
Located just a short distance from the Centro Storico (Old Town), religious pilgrims, tourists and local residents alike take the steep hike up to Monte Berico’s summit to visit il Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico (the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Monte Berico), the city’s patron saint.
This is a jewel of a walk, with architectural and religious significance. Those up for the climb arrive on foot to the Sanctuary via an impressive 700-meter-long, two-sectioned archway.
The procession-like design, consisting of 150 arches, grouped in ten, symbolizes the 15 Mysteries and 150 Hail Mary’s of the Rosary which are recited during the Stations of the Cross and other religious traditions observed by members of the Roman Catholic Church.
Fronting the Basilica is the Piazzale della Vittoria (Victory Square), a national monument dedicated on September 23, 1924 to honor Vicenza’s fallen soldiers and heroes of the numerous battles fought against the Austrian Empire during World War I.
From Piazzale della Vittoria — on a clear day — you can see just about forever from its large oval balcony: the panoramic of Vicenza below, the pre-Alps in the background to the north, and the Venetian Lagoon to the east.
Monte Berico, a must-see stop for visitors to and residents of Vicenza. I live here and never tire of the trek up and down the covered archway. Enjoy the short video from my stroll up to the summit today.
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