The journey of Saint Francis and Friar Thomas

in the Count of Marsi’s land



Description of the journey



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.

The route that is around 230 kilometres long moving between Umbria, Lazio and Abruzzo crossing through the most important places in Saint Francis and Friar Thomas of Celano’s life, a friend and the first hagiographer of the Saint. From the Umbrian hills to the Subequana valley, passing through the Santa Reatina and Marsica, amongst its monasteries, shrines, villages, forests and rivers, we discover the unkonwn Italy.



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Assisi


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.


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The monastery of Santa Filippa Mareri


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.


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Celano


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.


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Castelvecchio Subequo


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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Discover the 25 stages of the journey and the most important places in the life of Saint Francis and Friar Thomas of Celano.





Not to be missed



Find out the most beautiful places at each stage of the journey including monasteries, museums, castles and natural landscapes of the unknown Italy travelling by Saint Francis and Friar Thomas.



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gastronomy
Where to eat
Where to eat
Where to sleep
Where to sleep
The journey brochure
The journey brochure





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