A 90 minute drive from Santo Stefano, really lovely roads and good scenery throughout.

The town is tiny and on the edge of a gorge. Medieval streets, cute to explore. Next to the cathedral is an excellent restaurant, one of the best of the trip: ***Osteria Del Belvedere: known for high quality Abruzzo regional cuisine.

**Hermitage of San Bartolomeo in Legio: Roughly 20 minute hike (each way) to a 12th century chapel. It’s not entirely easy going on a hot day, lots of stairs and elevation change without any shade. I think this was medium worth it, tiny and built into a cliff.

***Monastero di Santo Spirito della Majella: this is definitely worth it! Much grander than we expected, beautifully restored, quite impressive.

The hermitage of Santo Spirito a Majella is one of the most evocative places of worship in the province of Pescara, especially for its mysterious history. In the beginning it hosted the monastery of the Congregation of Celestines.

The building is very old, and although there are no documents that can help identify the building date, many think the hermitage was built before the year 1000 AD. It is in fact quoted for the first time in 1053 on the occasion of the stay of Pope Vittore III; it also hosted Pope Celestine V who lived there until 1293. The famous holy staircase goes back to the 16th century and was built thanks to Pietro Cantucci da Manfredonia, a monk of the hermitage.

The hermitage was built against the mountain side and some of its parts, such as the Holy Staircase or the balconies of the oratory of the Maddalena, have been entirely built by digging into the rock. The oldest part is the presbytery, and the original nucleus is in the lower part of the church.

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