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The People's Pilgrimage is welcomed in Corchiano, Italy on their journey to Paris.back to listing
by Yeb Saño,
From Civitavecchia, our pilgrimage reached the incredibly gorgeous medieval city of Viterbo. From there, we spent much of Thursday walking drenched in rain, but strolling through amazing scenery with old churches, vineyards, olive orchards, rolling hills, and wooded parks. Near 6pm we reached the famed Etruscan city of Corchiano, which took the Romans two centuries to conquer because of its natural defenses formed by canyons and cliffs.
The city still has it network of subterranean chambers and the mayor gave us a tour of the magical ancient part of town.
Corchiano was an enchanting place, but made more so appealing by the sincere hospitality of the people. Theirs was a precious cultural legacy and they knew how to care for such a treasure. And upon our arrival, as we marched towards the municipal hall, a marching band played a joyful welcome tune, complete with baton-wielding majorettes. The affable mayor had a warm smile and embraced us as we entered the gates.
We were then led to a village hall where together with our partner organizations, led by FOCSIV, we held a short program where we shared with them our stories and our journey. With it also being Thursday, the first of the month, some of the pilgrims were also fasting for the climate.