And so, by happenstance and without any hardship, I find Heaven’s Gate.
Just one door today but it comes with a story.
If anybody asks, Heaven’s Gate – or Janua Coeli in Latin – is situated just outside Sorano in the very south of Tuscany.
As I was studying Google Maps to plan my Sunday birthday trip, this little monastery not far from the main road caught my eye. I clicked on its fully unfamiliar name, not knowing what it meant since my Latin is non-existent, and one glimpse at its door convinced me that we must indeed make it one of our stops.
As we parked and got out of the car, I spotted a nun in front of the door with the back to us. At the same time we could hear a high-pitched mechanical whirring sound which bestia didn’t agree with at all. That’s when I saw the UFO hovering just inside the monastery. The nun soon followed it inside and I was brave enough to approach. Amore laughed at my apprehension and said that nuns were just the same as us, no need to be afraid.
The same? I have yet to see a drone from up close.
As I was clicking at the half-opened door and reading its claim that it was indeed a door, the young nun returned and apologized that they needed to close it. How exceptional, I thought. Just my wish.
I clicked some more at the beautiful, now fully closed door but nobody came out and we didn’t even think of going in. I’m still too young.
In other news, this coming Sunday is an open-door day and a number of villas and castles all over Italy open their doors to the public for free. I have three garden tours booked near Siena. Hurrah!
And if you ask amore, who is a HUGE fan of the San Remo winners who compete for Italy, it might just be that the nation will celebrate their Eurovision Song Contest victory on Saturday night. But every year the buzz is similar and then – the last time Italy was second… As for Slovenia, it’s out already so no pressure.
Another thing is that today I start a new tradition: at look at my blogging history. Seeing that all my previous blogs are still up intact, at the end of each post I will link to one or more posts that appeared on the same day in one of my seven years of blogging on one of my five blogs. I started with this habit during the poetry month. I like it and hope you will too.
And now finally Heaven’s Gate awaits. Here you have it, nine minutes of my birthday, between lunch in Pitigliano and the Sorano fortress as showed in previous posts. And what a glorious birthday it was.
This day in my blogging history