FRANCISCAN TRAIL

Francavilla d'Ete

Francavilla d'Ete

Via Didari, 2
TEL. +39 0734 9
ORARI: non è visitabile all’interno

The Franciscan monastery, inaugurated in 1887, was built to reorganize the TOR friars dispersed by the suppression that took place after the Italian Unification. The Order rebirth was made by two famous friars of Francavilla, Emidio Maricotti (1834) and Angelo De Mattia (1839). Both have held important positions in the Order and were TOR General Ministers in different periods.

 

EMIDIO MARICOTTI
Born in Francavilla d’Ete on the 13th of April 1834, he was a theologian, Minister of the Province Umbro-Picena in 1884 and General Minister of the Order from 1885 to 1897. After the religious orders suppression in 1860 he tried to reorganize the TOR. He commissioned the Rule and the Order Constitutions reprinting. He started the first Seraphic College of TOR and contributed greatly to the foundation of the Monastery of St.Anthony in Francavilla. He died in Rome in 1897.

Massa Fermana

Massa Fermana

C.da Montestalio
TEL. +39 0734 7
ORARI: su prenotazione, è visitabile solo a

It is a great worth artifact whose construction dates back to the first half of the thirteenth century. It is built on the ruins of a pre-existing complex for the worship, architecturally extremely interesting, but nowadays it is greatly damaged.
Superintendence restructured only the roof and two aisles on the right. Currently the portico and the entire facade are under restorative measures.
The construction area was chosen by the Seraphic Patriarch and his disciples, friars Masseo and Ruffino in 1215.
It seems it had been founded by St. Francis in 1215, according to a well-accepted tradition, collected by our celebrated journalist P. Gonzaga in the second half of the sixteenth century. In the monastery many religious with a reputation for holiness lived and died. Among the ancients it is also named F. Giacomo of Massa, qualified by reporters as a most perfect man in all virtues. In addition to the famous people mentioned above it is recognized and established that also Saints Bonaventura, Bernardino of Siena, Giovanni of Capistrano, Giacomo della Marca, and Beato

Giovanni of Fermo lived there.

Montegiorgio

Montegiorgio

Via Roma
TEL.. +39 0734
ORARI: visita su richiesta

The building stands on the highest town hill and originates from a previous eleventh century church belonging to the Benedictine Abbey of Farfa. In 1263 the Farfa monks gave the church to the Franciscan order that expanded it according to the Romanesque-Gothic style.
Next to the church there is the Farfense Chapel used for the noble families of Montegiorgio burial. This is a unique space with an ogive fresco vault that preserves an excellent cycle of the Umbria-Marche school concerning the stories of the True Cross discovery (XV century). The under part is occupied on 3 sides by frescoes depicting Mary’s life moments and St. Francis stigmata.Among the tombstones of the noble families of Montegiorgio placed on the floor and on the walls, it is remarkable that one of the Alaleona family (probably dated at the 15th century).