Believe it or not, little towns like Rimini really battle with traffic (As we discovered first hand)!
On the first day of the show we only got back to the hotel around 20h00 and were informed that we need to be back on the coach by 20h45 for dinner. At this time of the evening, after a full day of work, the question often asked is “do I really want to go?”. Well, in this instance, I am so pleased we decided to go! Because we were taken to a restaurant situated in an old Monastery in Rimini.
This is no ordinary restaurant. Instead it’s a life changing experience – one that touches the mind, soul, heart, and the taste buds!
The restaurant – Vite – is situated in an institution (San Patingnano) that aids addicts and others that need help; from drug addicts and alcoholics to the homeless struggling to find their way in life or those that are just down and out. These individuals (men only) are taken into San Patingnano to learn a trade, make friends and discover how to make themselves effective members of a community.
The programme offered is three and a half years and, as a program participant, you do not leave the property and you do not recieve phone calls. You cannot smoke, you recieve no funds or money. All your necessities are supplied – as the institution is self sufficient – from the soap to wash with to the cleaning materials.
San Patingnano is consistently making a world of difference to a group of individuals. The visit was uplifting, inspiring and – I must admit – it’s going to drives me to do more in our own community.
Inspiration aside we also experience a five course dinner – at the Vite the San Patingnano restaurant – and it was remarkable. So good that it deserves it’s own blog post.