Hell’s gorge and hermatage of St. Leonardo

The Hell’s gorge, in italian “Gole dell’Infernaccio” in the Marche region (Italy) earned their name in the days when this was one of the few routes through the Apennine mountains between Adriatic coast and Rome.

With long steep-sided gorges and wild mountains around, it was famous for brigands waiting to ambush travellers.

Today it’s a beautiful, peaceful and easy walk through deep wooded ravines, alongside a stream with wildflowers and dragonflies, which opens finally into cattle pastures leading up to the Passo Cattivo (Evil Pass).

There is an optional pathway to a small church, the hermatage of St. Leonardo (eremo di San Leonardo).

The church was built almost single handed by a monk named Padre Pietro, well-known as “The bricklayer of God”, who began the work in 1971.

He lived up there in total solitude, and unfortunately, Padre Pietro is deceased on august the 9th of 2015, at 88 year old.

 

Gear: Canon EOS 6D and Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM