Sunday, May 10, 2009


Along the way we made several quick stops at important and sacred places. One of those was the small town of Norcia, in the Province of Perugia and southeastern Umbria near Monte Sibillini. Norcia is mostly known for its holy residents of the 5th century, St. Benedict and his sister St. Scholastica.

Basilica of San Benedetto, which was built in the 13th century.

The birthplace of Benedict and Scholastica - now the crypt of the Basilica. We were blessed to be given a tour by Fr. Cassian, the American Prior (Superior) of the recently founded Monastero di San Benedetto.

Gate out of Norcia.

Our tour bus with the foothills of Monte Sibillini, a subrange of the Apennines, in the background.