Just a brief blog today, recounting my adventure at lunch and inviting you to spend part of your weekend with me on “Vatican Insider.” I’m probably not going to be back over the weekend but you never know! So check things out just in case!
WHERE BEING A FOREIGNER MAKES YOU FEEL AT HOME
One of my absolute favorite spots in all of Italy for a meal and a view that leaves you breathless is Sorrento’s Circolo dei Forestieri, the Foreigners Club. The huge outside terrace overlooking the Mediterranean and the large inside dining room are both drawing cards for Sorrentines and visitors alike. Many a wedding reception and other important family events are celebrated here. Coronavirus has greatly reduced foreign visitors and it was sad today not to see the terrace totally filled with happy guests!
I had a divine pasta in a delicate tomato sauce with ricciola, my absolute favorite white fish in Italy (I believe it is yellowfish in English), an even more delicate white wine and an amazing view (I am sure heaven is very much like this!)! If I had been any more relaxed I’d have fallen off my chair!
I have a wonderful story to tell about the young waiter, Ciro, but it is time for Mass so that will be another time. In the meantime, Enjoy! Four of the pictures I took just sitting at my table!
VATICAN INSIDER: THE ENDLESS WONDERS OF ROME
Join me for a new edition of Vatican Insider on this first weekend of August – a torrid one in so many places of the world to read various weather reports. Just a line now to tell you about the Special I’ve prepared that I’ve called “And If You Have Time.” Previously in Vatican Insider I have aired special reports on Rome’s major papal basilicas, the catacombs, visiting Vatican City, the scavi, and a lot more. I’ve heard from many of you who write to tell me how much you enjoy these visits and listen to the podcasts so this week I have more special places to share with you.
There are endless wonders in Rome – a city of several millennia of Church and civil history, of art, and music, a world of culture. This weekend I’d like to bring you around Rome for brief visits to a number of other churches in Rome that would, if taken individually, merit almost as much attention as we have given to the major basilicas. All of the churches I am about to list are noted for their place in history, their architectural beauty and as repositories as some of the greatest works of art that man has ever known. Many are shrines in their own right as they house the bodies or relics of numerous pontiffs and saints.
So tune in for that after the news segment!
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