Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Italy and the Olympics

We've been busy learning about Italy and enjoying the Olympics this week.

The DVD (2 disc set) Visions of Italy is breathtakingly beautiful (aerial tour of the country - gorgeous! - we borrowed it from Netflix).

Italy is one of the countries we are so familiar with that it's hard to know where to begin. At the moment, it seems that there's no place quite like Torino (Turin).

Turin has always been famous, in my mind, for the "Shroud of Turin" - a cloth widely believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus. This website has a lot of helpful information, and the film Silent Witness is quite good. It examines a number of different scientific angles that suggest the authenticity of the Shroud.

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati lived in Turin from 1901-1925. He's been receiving some extra attention with the Olympics arriving in his hometown because of his own interest in sports and the outdoors and because of one of his devotees who is competing in the Olympics: Rebecca Dussault's Olympic Journal (hat tip - Flying Stars).

Saint John Bosco (1815-1888) lived and worked in Turin as well.

Here are some beautiful pictures of Turin

Official Website: City of Turin

Eating in Turin (with an emphasis on chocolate - Turin claims to be the birthplace of chocolate)


Dr. Thursday said...

You are right about Italy - a wonderful place - someday, God willing, I will see it for myself. The Vatican, the food, the ancient things, the wine, the churches, the food, stuff in Latin, the Egyptian obelisks with crosses stuck on top like iron hats to keep them quiet (I read that in Chesterton!)... and did I mention the food?

You may not believe it, but there is a curious little place there, on a river about 50 miles north of Roma. It's called something different now, but long ago it was called... (drum roll)


Yes, for real. Sorry but I do not know if C. S. Lewis ever went there.

But of course if you have a wardrobe, you might be able to save a lot of plane fare... (hee hee) Just don't eat any Turkish Taffy while you're there. Speaking of which - I just saw some today - the Italian/Greek food place has some! And guess what: it was made in TURKEY!

Dr. Thursday said...

Oy. I mean Turkish Delight.


Ria said...

On the Narnia website they have a recipe for Turkish Delight. Go here for it:

The map guy tried the recipe once. It was pretty good. But the stuff we got from a grocery store was better.

That is very interesting that it was called narnia. I wonder why.
I sure hope I can go to Italy someday. But if I ever do go to Europe I will have such a large itinterary that I probably won't be able to spend nearly enough time there.