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Here are some of the best pictures from our trip to Orvieto.  I probably could have spent another two days and 50-some euro here, but even our brief visit was lovely.  Good weather counts for a lot, but the city itself is both unique and beautiful, as hopefully you'll see from the pictures here.  There are more at Operation Eternity.

My camera battery died halfway through, so most of these pictures are thanks to Sarah.

[caption id="attachment_1437" align="alignnone" width="645"] Orvieto is known for its ceramics. I just had to take a picture of these for Mrs. M. :D  Apologies for not being able to bring one back to the States just for you.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1438" align="alignnone" width="645"] First stop was Orvieto's Duomo, with one of the most beautiful facades I have seen yet. This cathedral was built to house the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena and Orvieto.[/caption]

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Castel Gandolfo

Christendom's Rome program is set up to include three "free weekends", which are three days with no activities planned, so that students can travel wherever they'd like around Europe.  This weekend, I didn't have plans to leave the country, but I knew I needed a mental health day.  It's been gloomy and wet in Rome, we've been busy, and a day off from the city was imperative.  I'd thought about other plans, but in the end made my decision based on an idea from Madelyn's gift jar.

So, I headed off to the little town of Castel Gandolfo, a 45-minute train journey from Termini, Rome's central transportation hub.

This town is the summer residence of the Popes since the 17th century.  It sits above Lake Albano, which was reflecting a beautiful blue sky today.  There's not much in the town itself, except the Apostolic Palace and the church of St. Thomas of Villanova, below.

I also found this little chapel inset into the wall of the palace. . .

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