The Well, The Bees and The Vine

Once through the entrance door and going up, you find yourself close to the well, where Saint Rita drew water for the garden, cooking and cleaning.

On the other side of the well, on the wall next to the door and the window of the refectory, you can see some small holes here and there; inside is where the wall bees live. In 1628, Urban VIII had one of these bees brought to Rome to observe it. Every year they are seen in the spring as they work, enter and leave these holes in the wall.

Every year, the vigorous vine that you can admire here produces white grapes. It has become the symbol of the obedience of Saint Rita and her spiritual fruitfulness.

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