The hermitages are a visible sign of the choice to live in isolated places, where to take shelter in order to find solace in the spirituality and in the prayer. Located among the mountains, lost in the silence of uncontamined landscapes, these places allow the believers to be one with the own inner world.
In Gargano too hermitages were a widespread practice: Pulsano hermitages are the higher expression of this. Those are located all around the Abbey of Pulsano and some of them are very difficult to reach, made only by cave dug into the rock on a valley side, or by small lonely constructions built on rough cliffs.
However the hermits communicated one another because some of those were devoted to worships organized in community and to collective work and because the various hermitages are connected through narrow paths and stairways. We can imagine a sort of village like the one set up in Egypt on S. Antonio Abate, the monks’ father.
We don’t know exactly the time in which those were inhabited, but probably they were abandoned during the modern age. Because of their location, the path to access them is quite rough but the gorgeous view on the Gulf of Manfredonia and on woods really worth it.
MEETING PLACE: MONTE SANT’ANGELO , route to the Abbey of Pulsano
ITINERARY START: MONTE SANT’ANGELO / ITINERARY END: SAME PLACE
PATH LENGHT: 7,5 km
JOURNEY TIME: 4 hours and 30 minutes (Planned stop have been foreseen in order to favor the full body efficiency)
DIFFICULTY: E = Excursion (Those itineraries that go through paths or traces, generally visible, long, with exposed sections, but protected or ensured con handrail ropes. Those paths require minimum level of experience and training).