The “museo del giorno” today was the archeological museum that holds an impressive collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Etrucan art. The museum’s holdings suffered extensively in the aftermath of the 1966 flood and restoration of important pieces continues today.

Individual conferences with students continued through the end of the afternoon — all 21 were wrapped up by the end of the day.

Dinner that evening was at our neighborhood trattoria, San’Agostino. Stefano provided another fantastic menu of bruschetta, primi (baked pasta with ricotta and artichoke or spaghetti with pecorino/pepper/butter) and an insalata mista.

While we were eating, a large processional (2000+ people) proceeded down the street in front of the restaurant and toward Santa Maria delle Carmine. It was in celebration of a while marble status of the Blessed Virgin Mary which was carried to the church and placed at the high altar. We watched as members of various religious orders as well as lay people walked, prayed and sang, holding paper luminaries.

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