Explorations Chapter V

Oropa

"The courage to leave their own homecountry and family, both for need and desire of adventure, the fear of the far unknown, and the hope to have the chance to come back one day... for centuries and decades, for generations of people from Biella and Piedmont, migrated abroad, the Sanctuary of Oropa has remained a landmark both for those who still have relatives here, or know to have some, but no way to find them, or those who, unfortunately, have none left."

We spent a mere 3-4 hours at Oropa on a bleak, drizzly late September day. I am not a religious person, but between the setting, the weather, and being in the homeland of my Italian ancestors, those hours were special.  And the photos that I captured that day with one digital camera reflect the unique nature and feel of this site.  There is so much more here to see; I will have to return.

—David

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