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“I came, I saw, I took pictures”

Today we have our first glimpses of Italy: small cars, farms and countryside, vineyards, and towns on the coast. We are driving to the port town of Civitavecchia to board our ship for the next 14 days.

Picture: Vineyard on the side of the Italian highway

Italy is known for its beauty, style, food, and rich history. As we pass through the countryside of Italy from the Rome airport, some famous (and infamous) Italians come to mind. 


Picture: Driving along the countryside to Civitavecchia


Julius Caesar (100 B.C. - 44 B.C) - He expanded the Roman Empire’s reach into France and Great Britain. He declared divinity as Emperor so he could refer to himself as a god. 

Augustus Caesar (63 B.C. - 14 A.D.) - As Emperor and son of Julius Caesar, Augustus referred to himself as “the son of god.” He was the ruler of the Roman Empire during part of Jesus’ life on earth, making Jesus’ title as Son of God much more meaningful to his disciples. 


St. Francis of Assisi (1182 - 1226) - The son of a nobleman who gave away all he owned and his inheritance. He became a monk and founded a religious order (The Franciscans) dedicated to poverty, chastity, and the spirit of the Gospels. Also, he is the patron of animals.

Picture: Le muecce (cows!)

St. Catherine of Siena (1347 - 1380) - She was a third order Dominican sister and a mystic. She had crucial influence on returning the papacy from Avignon, France, back to Rome in the year 1377. She is also the patron saint of Italy!

St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (1887 - 1968) - A modern-day saint canonized by St. Pope John Paul II in 2002. Padre Pio was a Capuchin monk, well-known for his miraculous gift of bi-location and receiving the gift of Christ’s stigmata on his hands and feet. 

Authors & Artists

Virgil (70 B.C. - 19 B.C.) - A Roman poet who is known for his epic the Aeneid (italics)

Dante (1265 - 1321) - The “Father of the Italian language” and major poet of the Middle Ages. He wrote the epic Divine Comedy (italics) well-known for “The Inferno” and its depiction of hell and the monstrous Satan. 

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 - 1594) - He was a prolific Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music including the Missa Papae Marcelli (Pope Marcellus Mass). 

Caravaggio (1571 - 1610) - Born in Milan, he was a Renaissance painter with a great talent and renown for “radical naturalism.”Other famous Italian Renaissance artists include Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. 


   Picture: “The Pieta” by Michelangelo


Cicero (106 - 43 B.C.) - Roman statesman, lawyer, and political philosopher who wrote about individual liberty, republican government, and the natural rights of man. 

Marco Polo (1254 - 1324) - Traveler and explorer who journeyed to China and helped open up Asia to Europe. He inspired other explorers including Christopher Columbus (another Italian!) 

Guglielmo Marconi ( 1874 - 1937) - He created wireless transmitter signals using electromagnetic waves, which later developed into the first radio. 

Enrich Fermi (1901 - 1954) - An Italian-American physicist, Nobel Prize winner, and creator of the first nuclear reactor which is used in nuclear power plants. 

Bishop Robert Guglielmone - Bishop of the Diocese of Charleston!

Tomorrow we will be at sea traveling to Katakolo and Olympia. We are praying for you! May God bless you always and in all ways. 










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