Category Archives: Europe

Padre Pio, Stay With Us

I have long wanted to go to San Giovanni Rotondo to visit the Shrine of Padre Pio. It’s  quite a way from Rome and involves a train and bus ride of around 4 hours. But this time, I’m determined to go. … Continue reading

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Buon Giorno, Papa Francesco!

Because you see him on TV, magazines and posters often enough, he’s a familiar figure and you easily “connect”. But we didn’t foresee being within a few meters from him. Such blessing. My niece was so happy as I snapped … Continue reading

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Mama Mia, I Want My Bistecca 

Our Italian sojourn was both a walking and food porn holiday. Before and after our Italian Camino (called Via Francigena in these parts), we indulged ourselves. From Florence to Lucca to Pisa to Viterbo to Roma and the Amalfi coastal … Continue reading

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VF: The Final March (Isola Farnese to Roma)

We finally came to this point. No quitting now having come this close. We walked the last 20 kilometers to St. Peter’s Square to earn our Testimonium or Pilgrim’s Certificate. I reminisced over my Sarria to Santiago de Compostela Camino … Continue reading

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VF Campagnano di Roma to Isola Farnese (23kms)

Almost there. After today, we walk towards Roma. And Isola Farnese is where we spend our last night prior to qualifying for the Testimonium. I imagined Isola Farnese as a suburb of Rome. What do they call them these days? … Continue reading

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VF Sutri to Campagnano di Roma (28kms)

The Walking Notes say Day 3 is the longest walk at 28 kms. After yesterday’s ordeal, I have decided not to check my Fitbit pedometer anymore lest I lose heart. But one thing’s for sure. It will be wet and cold … Continue reading

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VF Vetralla to Sutri (24kms)

I was still exhausted from yesterday’s non-stop walk when we set out of sleepy Vetralla to Sutri. But the prospect of passing by Etruscan tombs, the ruins of Torri d’ Orlando (a former monastery) and an ancient amphitheater in Sutri … Continue reading

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