History

St. Catherine and Me

“Be all God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”  St. Catherine I knew we would be good friends from the start. Catherine has that presence that compels you to be close to her, to… Read More ›

Pizza, Napoli Style

We had just spent the day exploring the National Archeological Museum of Naples. A  big task. I loved taking in all the fragments of art and history, from ancient Pompeii to the early Romans. Although it consumed a lot of energy,… Read More ›

The Bronze Beauties of St. Marks

Surrounded by legend. Steeped in mystery. Baffling, bewildering and perplexing. These magnificent bronze horses that pranced high above the arched loggia of St. Marks Basilica in Venice for 500 years have been talked about for centuries, even to this day. They… Read More ›

What Lies Beneath

Bones….a pile of bones. Discovered below St. Peters Victory Monument at his grave site deep underneath the main altar of the basilica by his own name. Could they be his actual bones? In a rush of excitement, world-famous anatomist from Sicily, Professor Venerando Correnti, was called… Read More ›

Classico: Roman Wine II

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”  Galileo Galilei Evening sunlight plays delicately among the luscious grape clusters, casting shadows across the nurturing volcanic soil that feeds the vine. The sun’s vitamin-enriching warmth had done its job. Cool evening breezes… Read More ›

Classico: Roman Wine

I found myself relaxing at a quiet taverna in Naples one evening while watching the sun set over the boundless sea. Musing, I noticed that my glass of Verdicchio dei Castelli began to create a sparkling prism effect on the white tablecloth…. Read More ›

St. Bonaventure

There is a grotto in Civita which is all that remains of St. Bonaventure’s house. Patron saint of Bagnoregio, born in 1217 in Civita, Bonaventure was a devoted follower of St. Francis of Assisi. According to his writings, St. Francis healed… Read More ›