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06 November 2009
Photo Friday: Furlo Gorge
nature and nunneries and nipples, oh my!

Furlo Gorge

Furlo Gorge is a natural marvel just off the Via Flaminia, the original Roman Road that connects Rome with the Adriatic Coast. It's a resplendent drive through narrow canyons of towering limestone cliffs on either side, the Candigliano River softly meandering by below. Popular spot for bike rides, too. At one point you pass through a one-lane tunnel carved through the rock, which in its day was the height of Roman civil engineering. Furlo Gorge has a sense of timelessness and tranquility that merits a pause for contemplation.

things that make ya go hmmmmmm
things that make ya go hmmmmmm

oktapodi penses, too
even oktapodi is pensive

To get there from our agriturismo we drove past the Abbey of San Vincenzo. It's a fairly nondescript little white chapel from the outside, and we might not otherwise have bothered except Ashley recommended a look inside. Worth it! Creepy! It's one of the oldest Benedictine monasteries in the region, but one can almost picture more primitive goings-on in its shadowy underbelly.

Abbey of San Vincenzo, shadowy underbelly
Abbey of San Vincenzo... creepy!

There are several preternatural restored paintings on the walls, including one of the Virgin Mary breastfeeding what appears to be about a three-year-old Jesus. Nipple clearly visible. Well now, that's something you don't see everyday.

Santa Maria!
Holy Nipple, Batman!

These photos hold an even more special place in my heart, as they are part of the batch that was successfully restored after our catastrophic hard drive failure. Woot!

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