A one night stop over in Frascati turned out to be more of a spectacle than we imagined. Sitting in a little square on a Sunday evening, we became conscious of some very beautiful singing way, way off in the distance. This gradually got louder and louder and more and more recognisable. It was the hymn “Ave Maria”, being sung by a procession of people with torches and lanterns, following priests and a statue of the Virgin Mary being held high above their shoulders.

Now, I’m not religious – but I love a bit of theatre and a spectacle and you’ve got it to hand to the Catholics in Italy. They do this in bucket loads. I’ve searched and searched online to see what this procession in Frascati was all about but can find nothing. It wasn’t a huge procession, and was focused on a small-ish church, rather than the Basilica Cattedrale di San Pietro Apostolo, the Duomo, so we can only assume it was very localised event. If anyone knows any different – Sunday 22nd September – do let me know…

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