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Published: September 30th 2013
Via Garibaldi, the street where we are staying
Started today with a sumptuous breakfast in our B & B then off to explore the local area on foot. The mediaeval town is small with interesting streets and quite a few places of worship. First stop was the Chiesa di St Michele – a small X1 century chapel with an interesting crypt which included an ancient Roman milestone. There were a number of processional items in the church and a local lady informed us in Italian that it was the feast of St Michael and a procession would be held in the evening.
A couple of doors up from our B & B we stumbled upon the Oratorio di San Giovanni - a very ornate chapel which was used to conduct funerals for the noble classes…a fantastic building with beautiful frescoes and statues. On then to the Cathedral of the Assunta, the main church of the town. The first cathedral was built in the V111 century and the current structure dates from the X11 century. The highlights were the crypt and the baptistry – the latter had a magnificent baptismal bath and frescoes in excellent condition. We saw several religious sites in one morning but they were all great
Crypt of the Church of San Michele
works of art and architecture, steeped in history.
The weather looked threatening so we retired to our B & B, had lunch and waited for the storm to pass. After lunch we headed to the “modern” town and took a long walk along the seafront. Lots of stony beaches, cafes, cars and “promenaders” – very Mediterranean.
Met 2 couples (from Toukley!) staying in our B & B and enjoyed pleasant conversation before heading off to dinner. We caught the procession for St Michael passing under our balcony later that evening.
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