The Redemptorist's XXIV General Chapter is being held this year at the Salesianum, a retreat house / hotel/resort / convention center that is owned by the Saletians. The Salesianum is located about 30 minutes west of Rome's city center, and is set between some hilly farming areas and a major highway.
Many beautiful Palm trees surround the Salesianum.
Also on the property is a beautiful field/hillside of olive trees; pictured below is a single olive on one of the trees. I spotted a pretty good variety of flora and fauna while walking around the property.
A lone olive on a branch. Like an olive branch!
Below is one of a group of
Peacocks peahens I noticed while walking along the southern border of the property. Apparently Peacocks peahens can fly (I had never seen this before), and they also make a loud squawking noise when agitated. It was an interesting sight to see!
He She says "Top of the mornin' to ya!"
Finally, the property affords a gorgeous vista of the sunset. The two pictures below were taken about twenty minutes apart, and show the final moments of the sunset, then a little bit of Roman dusk:
Beautiful sunset in Roma!
Dusk in Roma - there were livestock grazing in this meadow.
All in all, the property is removed from civilization to the greatest extent possible, and is very comfortable and beautiful. I will be posting many more pictures from my excursions to the Pictures section of this site soon... hopefully tomorrow! Until then, "Arrivederci!"
[Update: Here's an album of pictures from the Salesianum]