Eremo di Sant'Onofrio al Morrone

Eremo di Sant'Onofrio al Morrone, Sulmona

Eremo di Sant'Onofrio al Morrone

Eremo di Sant'Onofrio al Morrone
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DEN77SAN
Ancona, Italy175 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Not suitable for those who have a problem with heights. Also safety railings non-existent.
interesting history of the Pope who was in office for such a short period of time. Good view of the old Benedictine monastery down below.
Written July 23, 2018
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KubaFromPoland
Krakow, Poland10 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Been there on 7th of April and would recommend 100%. From Sulmona city centre and back took us 5 hours with few stops.
Written April 8, 2018
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GeoffGuiseley
Guiseley, UK227 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
The ‘eremo’ is well signed from the main road near Sulmona so we got to the small car park easily. From there it is a stiff uphill climb on a rather stony track with quite high steps in places and also some steep unguarded drops. The outside of the hermitage building is quite plain but the view down into the valley is exceptional. Inside there are some nice frescoes in the chapel and you can see the cells in which Celestino and Robert lived before the former was briefly Pope Celestine V in the 13th century. His only legacy seems to be that he introduced a rule allowing a Pope to resign and then promptly did exactly that, having decided that the role wasn’t for him and wanting to return to his previous simple devotional life. Unfortunately his successor felt the need to keep him locked up and out of the way, and he died in prison two years later. Pope Benedict within the last few years is the only other Pope to stand down of his own accord.

We met the caretaker who walks up every Saturday and Sunday, and in June and July every day, to open the refuge to visitors. He explained about the prisoner of war camp in the valley below (still visible) from which in 1943 number of British and South African prisoners had escaped with help from the local population. This had caused the Germans to bombard the hermitage in retaliation causing significant damage. In an interesting choice of priorities the damage was repaired in 1947.

A lovely place with a stunning view and well worth the shortish climb (15-20 mins)
Written November 9, 2017
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Richard S
Miami, FL30 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
A nice little climb, very peaceful and beautiful views of Sulmona. There is a lot to see and do in this beautiful city.
Written October 26, 2017
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Leonthewolf
Canberra, Australia46 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
We were dropped by our hotel owner at the car park at which the main climb for the Hermitage commences. It was a steep but fairly safe climb; it was certainly not accessible to the handicapped.

On arrival at the Hermitage you go through a beautiful old colonnaded section – presumably additional Hermitage rooms – and then into the main Hermitage itself. There is a beautiful little chapel, a couple of small internal grottos, and a pleasant room containing a long table which was presumably used for eating. There was an old gentleman there looking after the place. He walks up from Sulmona on Saturdays and Sundays – he does not stay overnight – so he must be extremely fit. So far as I can tell it is no longer used as a Hermitage but retains an atmosphere of holiness.

The views from the Hermitage including from a terrace are just spectacular. The setting of the Hermitage on the cliff is remarkable – an engineering achievement – and also very spectacular.

I would consider this a must visit location if you are fit enough to climb up there – perhaps a vertical height of 750 m.
Written June 12, 2017
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Davide M
Avezzano, Italy112 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
Silence, peace, a simple church on a simple cave where all you can do is breathe and feel the astonishing sense of peace. The climb to the sanctuary is not very hard, and after a little sweat you are well rewarded by the magic atmosphere of the sanctuary and a wonderful sight on the landscape.
I do recommend this place to everyone who likes peace and nature.
Written April 7, 2016
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68renatea
Klagenfurt4 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
friendly, very helpful people, wonderful hotel, nice town, very good restaurants, intersting trips in the surrounding
Written May 30, 2015
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Nunziata
Boston24 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
Opened once again in 2014 after sustaining damage during the 2009 Earthquake in L'Aquila, this hermitage, seemingly attached to the side of Morrone Mountain, is a must see. This is really a 13th century monastic complex built into a series of mountain grottoes; Besides the obviously visible sanctuary there is a cave retreat thought to be the mountain refuge of Pietro di Morrone, Pope Celestine V. It was in this place that Pietro received the news that he was elevated to Pope on July 5, 1294; he then served Mass in nearby Sulmona and received the Papal Tiara in L'Aquila.
Follow the corridors that wind through the complex, and enjoy the astonishing views!
To arrive, follow the signs to the parking area below the hermitage. There is a short and slightly challenging climb to the complex, and you will want to wear a pair of sturdy walking shoes or light trekking boots.
Written December 20, 2014
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