After our tour of the villa and grounds, we headed up the coast to the town of Macerata.
We climbed 4 flights, and reached the main piazza. It was time for a bathroom break, so we settled into a cafe for coffee for me, and a glass of wine for Brad.
We passed up those lovely antipasti so we wouldn't ruin our lunch. From our seats in the cafe, we could see the clock tower and the Cathedral.
Here is the story of the "Eucharistic Miracle of Macerata":
On April 25 1356, a priest whose name is not known was celebrating Mass in the
chapel of the Church of St. Catherine, owned by the Benedictine monks. During the breaking of the Eucharistic Bread before Holy Communion, the priest began to doubt the Real Presence of Jesus in the consecrated Host. Precisely at the moment in which he broke the Host, to his great surprise, he saw flow from the Host an abundance of
Blood which stained part of the corporal, and the chalice placed on the altar. The relic
of this blood-stained cloth is kept in the Chapel of the Most Sacred Sacrament.
We decided to have lunch at Da Rosa. Brad had a delicious cappellacci pasta spinach pasta stuffed with cheese in a cheese and truffle sauce, and I had Vincigrassi (Le Marche lasagna).
We returned to Ascoli for an afternoon nap. We had a glass of vino, then decided on pizza for dinner at Ristorante Pizzeria Al Teatro. We sat in the back room with a group of 12 wine merchants who were entertaining. They also wanted us to taste their wines. We had already ordered a bottle of Passerina, when they sent a bottle of their Colli Aprutini Rosso to our table. Of course we had to drink their gift! The pizza was also delicious!
Then some coffee and grappa in the piazza before bed!