In the journey of Saint Francis and Friar Thomas is religion (and a love for nature) that guides the pilgrims starting from Assisi, patrimony of the Saint and heart of the journey, arriving at Castelvecchio Subequo, in the province of l’Aquila, passing by the Santa Filippa Mareri monastery and the city of Celano.
Assisi is the patrimony of Saint Francis, the beating heart of the Franciscan order, first or last stage if you begin from Castelvecchio Subequo. Among its surrounding, medieval walls all of the beauty with its historic, artistic and religious heritage explodes, represented by the sacred convent, one the most important places of worship in Italy that preserves the tomb of the Saint.
Situated near the lake of Salto, Borgo San Pietro can be found within the district of Petrella Salto is one of the most important stages of the journey. In fact, here there is the monastery of Santa Filippa Mareri that preserves the body of the first Franciscan Saint. Not far from there is the cave of Santa Filippa, her place of solitude and a popular pilgrimage.
Observing Celano from a distance is an unforgettable experience. The spectacle of the medieval castle, protected by mount Tino that spires on the city is one of the most interesting in Abruzzo. In the ancient shire of Marsi and Caput Marsorum many famous people were born, like Friar Thomas, the poet and the first hagiographer of Saint Francis.
The last stage of the journey (or the first one if you start from Subequana valley) is Castelvecchio Subequo. An ancient roman city placed at the foot of mount Sirente is a strategic point of transit for both the ancient pasture and the religious pilgrims, together with the surrounding villages, making the wonderful Subequana valley, one of the most important jewels in Abruzzo.
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