About Piona Abbey
In this mystic place there is the evidences of passages of Ligurians, Celtics, Etruscans, Romans, people from Gallia, Insubria and Como, due to the ancient cippus, where it’s written about the Bishop Agrippino from Como (607-617), who erected in the 10th year of his mandate an oratory to the martyr Saint Giustina.
This fact reveals that in that time in this area there was a monastic community, probably by heremits. The little apse neat the churc dedicated to Blessed Virgin Maria and Saint Nicola from Bari (consecrated in 1138) is the rest of the oratory to the martyr Saint Giustina, and very close to the church there is the monastery. Not far from the church, there is a wonderful path of olive trees, which leads to the Lourdes’ grotto, destination of several pilgrimages.
The Circencensi Monks, tanks to their knowledge about medicinal herbs, produce cosmetic creams, honey and liqueurs, which are distilled in the Abbey, according to ancient and traditional prescriptions, and the Monks sell these products in a little shop, located in the Abbey.
On Saturday May 2nd, 2009 we started from Piona Abbey not far form Colico (LC), first activity for “Regio Insubrica Award” . All of us appreciated a lot this first moment of aggregation and also some families of ours took part to the event, just like the spirit we would have liked. We made only 136 contacts with radioamateurs because of a bad propagation; unfortunately some radiomamteur from the north part of Italy was not able to contact us! We gave to Father Giuseppe Sergio IK2OVG and Father Carlo SWL I-0156 the parchment of Members ad Honorem of Insubria Radio Club.
All of us must say a big “Thanks!” to Galdino IW2DYG for his impeccable organization and for cooking a tasty mixed grill!