October 2013 Archives
Statue in the Monterosso square of Giuseppe Garibaldi, leader of the fight for Italian unification in the 1860s.
Hanging out on a warm afternoon in Monterosso.
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Oratory of the Dead in Monterosso. From Rick Steves' guidebook:
"During the Counter-Reformation, the Catholic Church offset the rising influence of the Lutherans by creating brotherhoods of good works. These religious Rotary clubs were called "confraternities." Monterosso had two, nicknamed White and Black. This building is the oratory of the Black group, whose mission -- as the macabre decor filling the interior indicates -- was to arrange for funerals and take care of widows, orphans, the shipwrecked, and the souls of those who ignore the request for a €1 donation. It dates from the 16th century, and membership has passed from father to son for generations."
Aside from tourism, growing and processing olives and grapes are the two biggest parts of the economy in the Cinque Terre. As we hiked the paths between towns, we passed numerous olive groves. Click photos to enlarge them.
When it's time for harvest, the nets will be spread to catch the olives as the trees are shaken.
An old olive press, now just a picturesque object along the way between Vernazza and Monterosso.