Monte Sant'Angelo

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Location: Bominaco, L'Aquila
Open: No restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave. SubterraneaCave Church SubterraneaSt. Michael Caves
Light: bring torch
Guided tours:
Address: Tel: +39-0
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The church Monte Sant'Angelo is located inside a small cave which is closed by a wall. The altar is on the left side, next to it is a strange circular opening in the rock. At the end of the cave is a wall with a cistern behind. The floor is covered by stone slabs. Some strangely formed holes in the rock are said to be the footprints of Saint Michael and the devil.

According to legend San Tussio lived here for some time as a hermit, and the cave is also called Eremo di S. Tussio (Hermitage of St. Tussio). While he lived here he was visited by San Pellegrino. San Pellegrino is well known from the Italian mineral water of the same name. San Tussio is the patron of a nearby village which was named after him. The church of Bominaco is dedicated to San Pellegrino.