Church of the Visitation
Sun - Sat 8am - 12pm, 2:30pm - 6pm
Don't Get Chastised By A Monk!The Church of the Visitation honors the visit paid by Mary, Jesus' mother, to Elizabeth, John the Baptist's mother (Luke 1:39-56). This is the site where tradition states that Mary recited her song of praise, the Magnificat, one of the most ancient hymns to Mary. The church is beautifully adorned with tiled representations of that canticle in many of the worlds languages.
The walk up to the church is not backbreaking but not for the faint of heart. At least 150 steps up a modest hill. The church was beautiful and the importance tangible. I was fortunate to attend a mass with a group of Korean worshippers who's voices were lifted in praise and though the words were different, I recognized all of the songs.
The friars on premise were diligent in making sure we adhered to the posted sign (above) of which one stupid American queried, "Why no underwear?"
Tip: An amazing gelato cafe at the bottom of the hill and a wonderful gallery with very reasonable local art less than 30 steps away from the cafe.