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Santo Spirito retreat

It is one of the most important monasteries of Majella. It was built in the high Santo Spirito Valley before the year 1000 and it was rebuilt by Pietro da Morrone (Pope Celestine V) to play host to the Celestine Congregation. On 29th August, during the “Perdonanza”(a religious feast), when a procession takes place, many pilgrims reach the retreat.

Where: it is in the Santo Spirito Valley and you can reach it by car from Roccamorice.

GPS: 42.169988 - 14.091334

GPS: 42.169988 - 14.091334

Curiosity: during the centuries thousands of pilgrims and famous people visited the retreat, among them Desiderio, known as Pope Vittore III, Cola Di Rienzo and the Blessed Roberto Da Salle, who was the prior of the monastery from 1310 to 1317. 

Information and visit: Caramanico Terme Visitors Centre and San Valentino Information Centre.

Read more: in the retreat, dug into the rock, you can find the Crucifix room with a small altar and traces of frescos, where by tradition Pietro preyed. Beyond the church and the “Casa del Principe” (Prince’s House), the steep “Holy Stairs”, completely dug into the rock, leads to the gardens situated on narrow natural terraces and to the Maddalena’s oratory.

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