Treasures of an enchanting village
Once in Collepino, one finds oneself in a hermitage suspended in time. The village has only a few dozen inhabitants, with few businesses. The cobbled streets are surrounded by houses built with the characteristic local pink stone, adorned with flowered balconies and coats of arms of the families that once resided there. Although only a few remains of the ancient early medieval castle remain, such as seven towers and an entrance portal with an ogival arch, the view from the fortress is exceptional, overlooking the Spoletana Valley, the same valley that enchanted St Francis of Assisi.
Just 2 km from the centre of Collepino is the Abbey of San Silvestro, with solemn celebrations in honour of the patron saint on 31 December, including rituals linked to the distribution of blessed bread, considered protective according to Christian tradition.
On the way to the hermitage, one comes across the San Silvestro Fountain, considered miraculous for women nursing their children. There is also a curious legend about a man in disbelief about the properties of the spring, who drank from it and developed breasts similar to those of breast-feeding women. The Abbey of San Silvestro, a ruined jewel surrounded by olive trees and holm oaks, has a presbytery, bell tower and crypt, as well as a more recent construction, the Hermitage of the Transfiguration, built in 1969 by the Little Sisters of Mary.