Pilgrimage in Italy: from San Martino to Cittá di Castella

Like life itself, pilgrimages also have their challenges. The last two days included some difficulties. One if these difficulties I expressed in a haiku.

A stinky water

Flows beside the pilgrim’s way

Ah! Ripe grapes and figs.

My first stop was Sansepolcro, the home town of Piero della Francesca. The town is full of palazzos, in one of them lived the artist.

View from the Palazzo Piero de Francesca.

In order to see the Madonna of Parto, I hiked to the picturesque town Monterchi and was hiking in an unmarked way through the woods. I was lucky it brought me there.

Madonna del Parto

The way to Citerna was hot and on an asphalt road without shade. I was ready to stop for the day – but in this town there was no accommodation available.

I took a rest in a bar.

My guidebook and the backpack

Fortification wall of Citerna

I stayed overnight in a simple country house near Burgne. When I left early morning, the whole valley echoed with bullet shots. On September 15 starts the hunting season. On my way to Cittá di Castella, I met four hunters with green boots, camouflage cloth and guns. The bullet shots made me very uncomfortable.

However, the path was beautiful! I followed the old road Via Romana and calme to a statue of the Madonna which was very expressive.

Part of Via Romana

Cittá di Castella

The highlight of my day was to have Pizza and beer with my son Lorenz, who came from Assisi to have dinner with me.

Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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