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The Marvelous Sanctuary of San Bartolomeo, tucked under the cliff. It is assumed that some form of chapel/sanctuary was here before the year 1000. These buildings date from the period of Pietro Da Morrone, later Pope Celestine V, who is thought to have spent time here between1274 and 1276. The feast day of San Bartolomeo is celebrated on August 25th with processions.

The water that trickles into the basin inside the church has miraculous properties, and it is particularly recommended for treating ailing vines as well as wounds and illness in newborn babies and the dying.

Numerous Bronze Age finds in the cave shelters beneath the sanctuary show that the location has long been appreciated.

We have seen large groups of wild boar gathered there, taking refuge from the exceptionally heavy snowfalls of winter 2004/5.

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