|Valentine's getaway in a Castle|
San Valentino is one of the patron saints of Viterbo who was a lst century AD bishop in Terni, just across the Tiber in nearby Umbria.
About 40 years ago, on this day, I was able to visit the catacombs dedicated to San Valentino along with a group of experts from the Pontifical Archeological Commission in charge of martyrs. I remember a spooky, dark catacombs and the fact that I was the only young woman in a group of elderly, priest types.
We were there for a mass said in honor of the saint and martyr as if he had just recently died.
|antique Valentines card|
This year San Valentino sent some magnificent heart-colored sunsets to brighten our Etruscan sky and the local bakery was overflowing with heart shaped torte.
Club organizer, Paula Treu, and I traded copies of our new books which we then presented to club members. Paula's book "I ragazzi del Monticchio" tells the story of a group of adolescents growing up in the Olgiata-Cassia area and is written in Italian.
My book "Etruria", which contains travel and history essays as well as itineraries to prove that "there is civilization beyond Olgiata" was sold out!
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