Bevagna, Italy and Tombs

“Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.” John 5:28-29

Our advanced hiking group walked from the drop off point to Bevagna, a truly flat hike along a back road.  We met tractors and bicyclists along the trail and saw wineries and a small river. 

The tiny houses in the distance perked my morbid cemetery curiosity.  “Yes, that is Bevagna’s cemetery”, said our guide Sara.  It is rare to be buried in the ground because of the lack of space. Graves are stacked and placed in concrete tiny houses or mausoleums.  They become like park grounds where people meet and have picnics. 

You rent your space for a period of years. I love to learn the unusual traditions of death in different countries!

Bevagna is a walled city with traditions in ancient Umbrian tribal history including Etruscans, Romans, Dukes of Spolito and Foligno and the Popes. The main axis of the town is the ancient Roman road.  The churches of St. Sylvester and Chiesa San Michele were built in the 12thcentury.  We visited a cashmere shop that showcases the local workmanship to buy replacements and gifts.  

We returned to Hotel Italia for a wonderful supper of salad, Ravioli with wild asparagus, Penne with peas, chicken and green beans followed by poached pear, prune, and apple dessert to help with any digestive issues we might be having.  Very thoughtful.

What odd thing do you always want to see on vacation?

How do you handle digestive issues when you travel?  Have you visited local pharmacies or local grocery stores?   


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