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On the Way

Francesco - Francesco is not only a nature lover and an adventurer, a gardener and a green designer: he is also a teacher of Ashtanga Yoga, a discipline he has been practicing for a long time, and a scholar of Indian sacred texts and of Sanskrit. 
In this picture, Francesco is helping Anita pack before setting off for the day.
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Francesco
Francesco is not only a nature lover and an adventurer, a gardener and a green designer: he is also a teacher of Ashtanga Yoga, a discipline he has been practicing for a long time, and a scholar of Indian sacred texts and of Sanskrit.
In this picture, Francesco is helping Anita pack before setting off for the day.
The Pilgrim's Passport - Pilgrims who stop at the Hermitage of San Pietro in Vigneto, as well as at any other stations along the Way of Saint Benedict, will get a stamp on the Pilgrim's Passport, as evidence of their passage.
Pinturicchio, the Donkey, had its own passport, too.
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The Pilgrim's Passport
Pilgrims who stop at the Hermitage of San Pietro in Vigneto, as well as at any other stations along the Way of Saint Benedict, will get a stamp on the Pilgrim's Passport, as evidence of their passage.
Pinturicchio, the Donkey, had its own passport, too.
Setting off - Anita and Francesco setting off with Pinturicchio for the day's leg of their pilgrimage, from Pietralunga, in the northern part of the Tiber Valley, to the Hermitage of San Pietro in Vigneto, close to Gubbio.
To avoid the heat of the day, the two young pilgrims used to leave their night camps at 4 in the morning, so that they could reach the next step of the journey by noon. The remaining part of the day was dedicated to taking care of Pinturicchio and to some meditation exercises.
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Setting off
Anita and Francesco setting off with Pinturicchio for the day's leg of their pilgrimage, from Pietralunga, in the northern part of the Tiber Valley, to the Hermitage of San Pietro in Vigneto, close to Gubbio.
To avoid the heat of the day, the two young pilgrims used to leave their night camps at 4 in the morning, so that they could reach the next step of the journey by noon. The remaining part of the day was dedicated to taking care of Pinturicchio and to some meditation exercises.
Ultreya! - An abandoned building along the narrow path leading to the Hermitage of San Pietro in Vigneto.
On its door and wall, somebody wrote Pace e Bene, Peace and Good, and Ultreya. 
The origin of this expression is fascinating. It appeared for the first time in the Codex Calixtinus, which can be considered as the first guide of the Camino de Santiago, back in the 12th century. The word derives from the Latin and means "a bit further", a hipothetical answer to the question "Pilgrim, where are you going to?".
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Ultreya!
An abandoned building along the narrow path leading to the Hermitage of San Pietro in Vigneto.
On its door and wall, somebody wrote Pace e Bene, Peace and Good, and Ultreya.
The origin of this expression is fascinating. It appeared for the first time in the Codex Calixtinus, which can be considered as the first guide of the Camino de Santiago, back in the 12th century. The word derives from the Latin and means "a bit further", a hipothetical answer to the question "Pilgrim, where are you going to?".
The Shell - The scallop shell is probably the most known symbol representing the Camino de Santiago. 
The clergy used to give it to pilgrims on their arrival at the city of Santiago de Compostela, as an accreditation for completing their pilgrimage.
The Italian Hermitage of San Pietro in Vigneto, in Umbria, dates back to the beginning of the 13th century. 
Placed along the borders between Umbria and the Marche Region, on a detour of the ancient Via Flaminia, it soon became a shelter for pilgrims. 
Even nowadays, the Hospitallers of the Confraternity of Santiago de Compostela who are now taking care of the Hermitage, offer food and rest to pilgrims halting there on the Way of Saint Francis or Saint Benedict. 
Wayfarers often leave symbolic shells as a sign of their gratitude on the altar of the Hermitage's tiny chapel.
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The Shell
The scallop shell is probably the most known symbol representing the Camino de Santiago.
The clergy used to give it to pilgrims on their arrival at the city of Santiago de Compostela, as an accreditation for completing their pilgrimage.
The Italian Hermitage of San Pietro in Vigneto, in Umbria, dates back to the beginning of the 13th century.
Placed along the borders between Umbria and the Marche Region, on a detour of the ancient Via Flaminia, it soon became a shelter for pilgrims.
Even nowadays, the Hospitallers of the Confraternity of Santiago de Compostela who are now taking care of the Hermitage, offer food and rest to pilgrims halting there on the Way of Saint Francis or Saint Benedict.
Wayfarers often leave symbolic shells as a sign of their gratitude on the altar of the Hermitage's tiny chapel.
Travelling light - After walking the whole way to Santiago de Compostela on foot, back in 2015, with heavy backpacks and a tent on their shoulders, for their pilgrimage on the Way of Saint Benedict Anita and Francesco decided to hire Pinturicchio, a donkey of the Association La Mulattiera to help them carry their luggage: a small tent, a camp stove, two changes of clothes each and all the necessary to take good care of Pinturicchio.
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Travelling light
After walking the whole way to Santiago de Compostela on foot, back in 2015, with heavy backpacks and a tent on their shoulders, for their pilgrimage on the Way of Saint Benedict Anita and Francesco decided to hire Pinturicchio, a donkey of the Association La Mulattiera to help them carry their luggage: a small tent, a camp stove, two changes of clothes each and all the necessary to take good care of Pinturicchio.
Mount of kings, symbol of humility - Once freed from the 25 kg burden on his shoulders, Pinturicchio loves to roll in the grass to scratch his fur.
Donkeys have always been trusted companions for pilgrims since the Middle Ages.
These cute animals appear more than a hundred times in the Bible: it is said that Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem on the back of a donkey and in the same way Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. If on the one hand this connects donkeys to the mount of kings, so typical of oriental cultures, on the other hand it makes them an emblem of peace and humility, in contrast to horses, which are commonly considered a representation of nobility, prestige and power.
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Mount of kings, symbol of humility
Once freed from the 25 kg burden on his shoulders, Pinturicchio loves to roll in the grass to scratch his fur.
Donkeys have always been trusted companions for pilgrims since the Middle Ages.
These cute animals appear more than a hundred times in the Bible: it is said that Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem on the back of a donkey and in the same way Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. If on the one hand this connects donkeys to the mount of kings, so typical of oriental cultures, on the other hand it makes them an emblem of peace and humility, in contrast to horses, which are commonly considered a representation of nobility, prestige and power.
Morning Toilet - Even if they perfectly knew that Pinturicchio would roll in the grass at the first opportunity, Anita and Francesco never failed to carefully brush the donkey and protect his skin with liniments, before loading him with the pack containing their little luggage and the travel equipment. 
Pinturicchio's toilet required a good hour work every morning. The two young pilgrims used to wake up at 3am to accomplish this task that over the time also helped cement the friendship between them and the animal.
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Morning Toilet
Even if they perfectly knew that Pinturicchio would roll in the grass at the first opportunity, Anita and Francesco never failed to carefully brush the donkey and protect his skin with liniments, before loading him with the pack containing their little luggage and the travel equipment.
Pinturicchio's toilet required a good hour work every morning. The two young pilgrims used to wake up at 3am to accomplish this task that over the time also helped cement the friendship between them and the animal.
Serafino, the Hospitaller - Serafino is a lay volunteer of the Confraternity of Saint James of Compostela. He belongs to the Calabrian Chapter and every year he comes for a few weeks to San Pietro in Vigneto to offer his services as a Hospitaller, taking care of pilgrims, wayfarers and of the ancient structure itself. 
The Hermitage is actually a property of the Diocese of Assisi but is managed by the Confraternity of Saint James of Compostela.
In the picture, Serafino explains Anita where they can put Pinturicchio for the night.
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Serafino, the Hospitaller
Serafino is a lay volunteer of the Confraternity of Saint James of Compostela. He belongs to the Calabrian Chapter and every year he comes for a few weeks to San Pietro in Vigneto to offer his services as a Hospitaller, taking care of pilgrims, wayfarers and of the ancient structure itself.
The Hermitage is actually a property of the Diocese of Assisi but is managed by the Confraternity of Saint James of Compostela.
In the picture, Serafino explains Anita where they can put Pinturicchio for the night.
A different night - For the first time after many days, Anita and Francesco were able to sleep in a proper bed, made available by the Hospitallers who run San Pietro in Vigneto.
The reception of pilgrims is, in fact, one of the main pillars of the Confraternity, beside prayer, friendship and the offer of free services to wayfarers and pilgrims.
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A different night
For the first time after many days, Anita and Francesco were able to sleep in a proper bed, made available by the Hospitallers who run San Pietro in Vigneto.
The reception of pilgrims is, in fact, one of the main pillars of the Confraternity, beside prayer, friendship and the offer of free services to wayfarers and pilgrims.
The stamp - Pinturicchio's passport is being stamped by the Hospitallers at San Pietro in Vigneto.
The stamps on the Pilgrim's Passport testify that the pilgrim stopped at the stations along the Way. 
It was first introduced at the end of the '90is for pilgrims walking the Spanish way to Santiago de Compostela, as an accreditation of their pilgrimage and was soon extended to other religious paths.
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The stamp
Pinturicchio's passport is being stamped by the Hospitallers at San Pietro in Vigneto.
The stamps on the Pilgrim's Passport testify that the pilgrim stopped at the stations along the Way.
It was first introduced at the end of the '90is for pilgrims walking the Spanish way to Santiago de Compostela, as an accreditation of their pilgrimage and was soon extended to other religious paths.
He took the bread and broke it - The kitchen of San Pietro in Vigneto, where the Hospitallers prepare the meals for anyone stopping at the Hermitage.
It is in fact one of the Hospitallers' duties to offer a free meal, as well as hospitality for the night to pilgrims and wayfarers making a stop at the Hermitage.
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He took the bread and broke it
The kitchen of San Pietro in Vigneto, where the Hospitallers prepare the meals for anyone stopping at the Hermitage.
It is in fact one of the Hospitallers' duties to offer a free meal, as well as hospitality for the night to pilgrims and wayfarers making a stop at the Hermitage.

Anita, grande amante della natura e degli animali, laureata in Politiche per la Cooperazione Internazionale allo Sviluppo è ora impegnata in un progetto di riqualificazione urbana a Milano, EastRiver Martesana. Ricercatrice interiore.
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Anita, grande amante della natura e degli animali, laureata in Politiche per la Cooperazione Internazionale allo Sviluppo è ora impegnata in un progetto di riqualificazione urbana a Milano, EastRiver Martesana. Ricercatrice interiore.
Time to relax - Pinturicchio grazing the grass at San Pietro in Vigneto, while Arianna and Francesco get some relax after the long walk in the morning. 
The average distance between the single stations is approximately 30km, mainly winding along the countryside. It is not uncommon to find rest areas for the pilgrims, arranged by inhabitants along the Way who dedicate a tiny space of their backyards or gardens.
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Time to relax
Pinturicchio grazing the grass at San Pietro in Vigneto, while Arianna and Francesco get some relax after the long walk in the morning.
The average distance between the single stations is approximately 30km, mainly winding along the countryside. It is not uncommon to find rest areas for the pilgrims, arranged by inhabitants along the Way who dedicate a tiny space of their backyards or gardens.
Ultreya! - Where are you going to, Pilgrim?
A little bit further, ultreya!
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Ultreya!
Where are you going to, Pilgrim?
A little bit further, ultreya!
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