Thursday, April 18, 2013

Lucio's Commute - Part Two

Welcome to the second installment about Lucio, the fluffiest dog in the Alps who commutes between his fur-brother's place and his own place 3 miles and 1500 vertical feet away. Here he is with his fur-friend Figaro.

Figaro's parents explained to DD that Lucio lives in a mountain hut at St Lucio Pass...

and regularly commutes down to Buggiolo to see his fur-brother Pippo and get extra food from Pippo's parents.

Lucio always stops at this Chapel halfway between Buggiolo and St Lucio Pass to pay homage to his namesake Catholic saint. Saint Lucio has a very sad story.

St Lucio was a shepherd who lived in these mountains in the middle ages. Because St Lucio would give away food leftovers to the poor, he was fired by the greedy landowner who employed him. Another landowner promptly hired St Lucio and suddenly found himself showered with all sorts of unexpected blessings: his cows produced endless amounts of milk, his cheese rounds would self-regenerate after each cheese sale, and his sheep would continue to multiply. At the same time, the greedy landowner who had fired St Lucio suffered all sorts of calamities that drove his business into the ground. Eventually, the greedy landowner lost it and murdered St Lucio at the pass that now bears his name, where this chapel was later built in his memory.

Today, St Lucio Pass is a top hiking destination. Check out the quintessential Swiss signage listing out all the hiking options from the pass!


  1. Wonderful story. Lucio should be proud of his name.
    We could do with some of those Swiss signposts in the Scottish hills!
    Cheers, Gail.

  2. I agree with Bouncing Bertie...a name to be proud of indeed! Thanks for telling the story! Love to learn new things like that!

  3. What a great story! We always love going on your travels with you.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  4. That is quiet a story. One we did not know about. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What an interesting story! I hope Lucio has a better ending to his story than his namesake!

  6. Interesting story.

    I told Cushion about Lucio. What a free spirit. Wish we lived in a place where our dogs could wander safely like that. One day, perhaps... x

  7. Christa taking dictation from BrunoApril 22, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Adventurous Lucio! Wonderful and touching history lesson. What a place to wander!


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