Located in the Italian Province of Perugia in Umbria, Cascia is important in the history of Catholic Christianity and the Roman Catholic Church because it is the birthplace of Saint Rita who lived from 1381-1457.
Cascia is known as the city where Saint Rita lived and preached her faith and where the Eucharistic miracle is preserved. Saint Rita is also known as “the Saint of the desperate cases and the seemingly impossible.”
There are many extraordinary sacred sites to visit and things to do on our pilgrimage to Cascia in Italy, an important destination for pilgrims:
One of the many places to visit on your pilgrimage to Cascia, is Roccaporena, a small town in the Italian province of Teramo, lying on the slope of Mount San Benedetto. This alluring village, known to have existed since the middle ages, is also believed to be the place where Saint Rita prayed and lived.
The Saint is well-known for overcoming the difficulties of each stage of her life as a wife, a mother, a widow, and a nun without losing her faith in God.
The town has several other interesting attractions to see, from Casa Natal de Santa Rita or “The House of Saint Rita” where the Saint was born and her family home, the Orto del Miracolo or “Miracle Orchard”, and Santuario di Saint Rita, a sanctuary dedicated to the Saint.
Basilica of Santa Rita Da Cascia
The Basilica of Saint Rita or tomb of Saint Rita is one of the most famous shrines in Cascia and a beautiful space for its magnificent architecture and art. It was built in the early twentieth century to provide a larger church to house the much-visited relics of the nun, who was canonized in 1900.
In this beautiful shrine, pilgrims will be able to admire a glass urn that honors the incorrupt body of Saint Rita and it is considered one of the most important sanctuaries in Italy.
When visiting this beautiful Sanctuary, you may explore as well the small chapel down the slope from the entrance of the basilica, a place for prayer and reflection.
If you have some free and relaxing time, do not doubt to visit the small town of Cascia, full of wonderful markets, restaurants, souvenir shops, and fantastic views.
Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli
On your pilgrimage to Cascia, you will have the opportunity to visit Assisi, a town in the Umbria region of Italy and the birthplace of Saint Francis.
One of the first things to see in this fascinating town is The Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli.
This church was built between 1569 and 1679. This fantastic chapel was created to recognize the importance of the order of Franciscans and to welcome pilgrims on the occasion of the Indulgence of the Pardon established by Saint Francis.
The church, designed by architect Galeazzo Alessi, is also dedicated to Saint Mary of the Angels or Saint Mary of the Portiuncula.
The beautiful town of Montefalco is surrounded by green hills, olive groves and vineyards. It also has a rich history and religious significance for pilgrims.
Pilgrims that visit Montefalco will find many attractions, as well as the outdoor cafes and wine bars that this beautiful town offers.
From “San Francesco Montefalco”, a catholic and Franciscan medieval church built between 1335 and 1585 that turned into a museum in 1990, or the “Piazza del Commune” a central square in Montefalco, there is nothing to miss in this historical town.
There are also several other medieval churches, monasteries, and beautiful architecture in this town such as the Duomo di Montefalco, The Santuario di Santa Chiara della Croce or the Town Hall.
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