Nestled in the National Park Casentinesi Monte Falterona and Campigna, at 1283 meters above sea level, on a peak from the limestone bare walls that literally emerges from the surrounding greenery, is the Sanctuary of La Verna. The mountain is covered with beech and fir trees, and in the twelfth century, at least once a year, you would withdraw St. Francis to pray and meditate in solitude. His last visit was some summer of 1224, when he was already tried by fatigue and illness. La Verna for him represented the sacrifice and poverty, silence and isolation: he slept in a cave using as bedding a bare stone and it was here that the saint received the stigmata, after praying to share the Passion of Christ. On the site a small chapel was erected.
The atmosphere of recollection and charm of this place are unique to the contemplation of the wonders of creation, just as he had done San Francesco.
Si ringraziano per la cortese concessione delle loro fotografie:
Comune di Bagno di Romagna, Cooperativa Atlantide, Pier Luigi Ricci, Massimo Schiumarini, Caterina Rigoni, Federico Locatelli, Mattia Vesco, Miriam Narducci, Nevio Agostini