Allerona: Within the walls of an Umbrian hilltown

    Elizabeth heath
    24 Oct 2017
    Clock 30min      Length1mi
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    Santa Maria della Assunta Church

    Pay wave

    We're going to have a look inside the church, if its open. If not, stop here at the entrance while I tell you about it.

    [2 SECOND PAUSE]

    You'll need to push hard on the big wooden door to get in.

    The light switches are to your left as you walk in. Go ahead and turn them on. Just remember to turn them off as you leave.

    [1.5 SECOND PAUSE]

    Further on the left, look for the stone screen set into the wall. Behind it was a private chamber that was once connected to the palace. It was used by the nobility to listen to mass without having to mingle with the villagers.

    This is the church where we were married. In Italian weddings, the bride and groom are seated for most of the ceremony and mass. Thank heavens for that! They'll usually sit with their backs to the congregation. The video of our service was filmed from a priest's-eye-view. It was only when watching it back that I noticed the majority of guests left right after the ceremony started. Those under 30 at least. They all went to the bar! That's how it works around here. During a wedding, you walk into the church, stand in the back until the service starts, then go to the bar for a prosecco or a Campari. When the wedding mass is almost finished, you walk back to the front of the church and wait for the couple to come out, so that you can shower them with rice and dry pasta. It's customary for every wedding guest, whether there are 40 or 400, to kiss the bride and groom. We had 200 people at our wedding and I can tell you, that's a lot of kisses on both cheeks!

    [1.5 SECOND PAUSE]

    When you're ready to move on, turn with your back to the church door, and then turn left to walk to the corner of the Piazza, past the round brick building.