Thursday, September 06, 2012


WHEN Flamen Antonyus Subia visited the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica, ominous clouds gathered and rain poured down on his small entourage touring the Vatican.

But only a short time later, when Antonyus and Priest Hernestus climbed the Pincian Hill, the clouds parted and the OBELISK OF ANTNOUS was bathed in radiant sunlight.

Reaching the Obelisk on foot from the Vatican is not for the weak-hearted, and involves dashing across busy streets, cutting across crowded plazas and finally climbing a rather steep hill.

There are no signs anywhere to tell you where the Obelisk is located, and it is seldom well-marked on tourist maps.

But Antonyus had his own personal, compiled-by-hand guide manual to Rome. So he led the way as Hernestus huffed and puffed along behind him, hoping that the Flamen knew where he was going.

He did.

At the top of the hill, with no signs to guide him, no indication of where the Obelisk might be, Antonyus studied his guide manual, closed his eyes for a moment, then looked up and pointed to a clump of trees and stated confidently: "It's right there!"