An agnostic epiphany on a sacred mountain

What makes an Italian mountain “sacred”? And is it possible for a non-believer to experience an epiphany on one?

After decades of living in Italy, I figured it was time for an answer to at least the second question. This country has an inordinate number of Sacri Monti (sacred mountains) . . . and I live less than an hour from one of the most spectacular, Sacro Monte di Varese. I had visited…