|Inside the Cathedral of Siena|
- Basilica of San Domenica: This Church holds an immense amount of grace, and you can't help but walk out of it's doors with peace in your heart.
- Basilica of St. Francis: Here we witnessed a Eucharistic miracle that began in 1730.
- Lunch in the Piazza del Campo: Considered a very historic and midieval square. It was originally established as a marketplace around the 13th century.
- Cathedral of Siena: Formed in the shape of a Latin cross and includes a bell tower and a large dome. In 1339 an addition was meant to be built which would double it's size, but the Black Death halted this project, and the work was never continued.
- Mass at St. Catherine of Siena's house: Near the Church where we had Mass, you could see the room where St. Catherine secluded herself for prayer and meditation. It was so powerful to see the raised level of cement in her room, where she rested her head at night and used the rock as a pillow. St. Catherine's room was one of my favorite places to be in Siena; St. Catherine felt so close!
- Our last stop was visiting a Monastery in the mountains, to join the Norbertines chant Compline.
|Inside St. Peter's Basilica|
In the afternoon, I had a picnic with a few friends at the Lay Center. My friend who is staying there, invited us over for vino in the garden. The center is located on a beautiful property, just across the street from the Colosseum.
|Statue of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane at the Lay Center in Rome|
|Such a vivid example of Jesus' agony|
|Waiting for the Metro to take us to Scholars|
|Wonderful evening spent with friends|
The next day, a few of the girls and I went to Venice for the rest of the weekend. Venice was just how everyone describes it; very different from any other city in Italy, and quite magical, especially at night when the city begins to quiet down, and the lights reflect on the Grand Canal.
|Venezia in the crisp of night|
|St. Mark's Cathedral|
|Strawberries on a gondola ride on the Grand Canal in Venice... does life get any better?|