The Majella, Abruzzo sacred mountain
Categories of Articles
Let us pause a little on a very peculiar feature of the Majella landscape, namely on the widespread presence of ancient hermitages and monasteries, often rising on high rocks like eagle's nests, where centuries ago famous monks and hermits spent most of their lives; one especially, Pietro Angelieri from Molise, will be elected a Pope and later made a Saint as San Pietro Celestino.
Both hermitages are very dear to the local people religious feelings, and can be visited in a few hours. The hermitage of San Bartolomeo can be easily reached with a nice walk, while a picturesque road amid woods and rocks will take visitors right to Santo Spirito.
The road to Santo Spirito follows after the stazzo at the junction for San Bartolomeo, and proceeds for about 4 km, an easy comfortable route by car. It is a highly picturesque road below astounding rock walls, deservedly famous among free climbers (Roccamorice is also the seat of a renowned mountaineering and free-climbing school). The road proceeds into a wood and finally reaches the area just below the hermitage of Santo Spirito, where you will leave the car and climb an impressing flight of steps carved into the rock to reach the top. It will take about an hour altogether.
The atmosphere that visitors can breathe among the walls of the hermitages is impossible to describe, feelings of unutterable emotion that can only be experimented first-hand. It is like another world, full of peace and love for nature and all living creatures, inviting the visitors to meditation, religion, contemplation, with a deep message of peace and charity. These are places that clearly bring the faithful nearer to God.
The total time for a visit to both hermitages is about three hours, one of which walking. Visits may take place in all seasons, with some attention in winter due to possible snow-falls that might block the road.
For information contact the Roccamorice Townhall - tel. +39 085 8572132, or the Corpo Forestale dello Stato, Roccamorice +39 085 8572168.