We went on a little bit of an adventure with some new friends. We walked up to Monte Berico.
According to the legend, the Blessed Virgin appeared on the hill twice to a peasant worker named Vincenza Pasini; the first time occurred on March 7, 1426, the second on August 1, 1428. At this time in the Veneto, the people and economy had been suffering from a terrible plague for years. The Madonna promised that if the people of Vicenza built a church on the top of the hill she would rid them of the plague. The people kept their promise and the church was built in 3 months. More information on Monte Berico can be seen at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monte_Berico .
Here are some of the pictures I took on our excursion.