Growing up I always associated three things with Italy – Pizza, Pasta and Pavarotti, but if you have the privilege to visit this country, you’ll quickly learn that Italy has much more to offer. So where exactly are we?

We are in Sacro Monte, a small village about an hour North of Milan. It’s in no way a mainstream tourist attraction and therefore we love it! It consists of the Holy Road and the Sanctuary as well as the small medieval village surrounding the Sanctuary. The Holy Road with its 14 chapels rise up the mountain to the little village of Santa Maria del Monte and it ends with the 15th chapel, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The scenery in and around the village is so beautiful that you can spend hours wandering around, getting lost in a typical Italian setting that feels so unreal. From 07:00 to 19:00, bells from the convent sound throughout the village, every hour, on the hour and we even got invited to attend a service with the priest and the nuns.

It was a fantastic day in this small little village and we ended the day by hiking the hill to attend a festival with wonderful food, beer and a live rock show, most of it Italian, but the music was great anyway:)

 

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Tomorrow we aim to see Varese lake and have a proper Italian pizza for lunch before heading back to the UK.

Have a good evening,

Andre