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Church of Sant’Angelo in Panzo

Church of Sant'Angelo in Panzo

It was built around the 10th century on the ruins of a Roman settlement. During its long existence, which is part of the historical and religious heritage of Assisi, it has been a convent, an abandoned religious retreat, a noble dwelling, a country house and its springs provided water to Assisi since Roman times through narrow tunnels excavated in the rock and still visible.

Sant’Angelo in Panzo was the first convent of St. Clare and after her sister Agnes joined her, this is where she performed her first miracle. Seriously damaged by the 1997 earthquake, it was restored and reopened in 2003. It is now privately owned.

Orrido di Panzo Ravine

A short walk from Sant’Angelo in Panzo leads to the Fosso delle Carceri. The gorges, ravines, steps of old waterfalls and precipices are all signs of an erosion process that took place in heavy rainfall.

Of particular interest is the Orrido di Panzo ravine, known by the locals as Carabone. Here, at the bottom of the step of an ancient waterfall surrounded by sheer cliffs, there is a sub-vertical well, known as “Catino del Diavolo”, the Devil’s Tub, and whose mouth is located on the upper level of the waterfall.

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