Thursday, October 20, 2016

Free 24-Hr.Wine Fountain Opens in Ortona,Italy; Rel. Pilgrims Use It,Near Disciple Thomas' Tomb

In Italy, a vineyard in the Abruzzo region is now home to a fountain that dispenses locally-made wine to the public for free, 24 hours a day, the Religion News website reports today (October 20, 2016).

The fontana del vino -- as Italians refer to it -- is located at the Dora Sarchese Vineyard in the town of Caldari di Ortona.

The fountain -- which poured its first glasses of red wine on October 16 for a huge crowd -- is not a hangout for cheap drunks, but rather a roadside attraction where religious pilgrims can quench their thirst.

The wine fountain is located along a popular pilgrimage route -- the Cammino di San Tommaso -- where thousands of Italians travel about 150 miles east from Rome to visit Ortona, where the body of the disciple Thomas is kept.

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