This village is - besides Cascia - the other fundamental place of worship for Santa Rita, it's her birth
place where it is possible to go along the tracks of an itinerary which is
consecrated to sacredness.
At Roccaporena, a tiny gem set between the valleys of the Corno and of the Tissino, are concentrated many of the elements concerning the
private and personal life of Rita as well as those of religiosity, most
venerated by the big crowd of believers that every year go along the stages of
In this place of prayer everything seems to invite to meditation and the inner
retreat, welcoming everyone who goes there with simplicity and the attitude of
prayer. It is one of the mystic places »par excellence« (not only in Umbria) where every stone is permeated with a sincere feeling of devotion for the life
and work of Santa Rita.
In spite of the village's smallness there are many places to see. At its
entrance rises the church Chiesa di Santa Rita, or rather the house that
once was Rita's and turned into a chapel in 1630 due to the intervention of the
cardinal Fausto Poli.
One of the most visited aims is the ''Scoglio''
of Santa Rita, a rocky pinnacle about 120 metres high, on which has been put a
big mass of stone, worshipped by the believers because it bears the prints of
Rita's knees, imprinted in her endless prayer sessions. One reaches the
''Scoglio'' at the end of a way of a steep flight of stairs which is marked by a Way
of the Cross, and every year crowds of pilgrims go along it renewing an old
The tight bond that unites Cascia and Roccaporena, the two places that
witnessed the birth and growth of Rita, is symbolically represented by the Path
of Santa Rita, a pedestrian way about five kilometres long. It is a narrow
way, very charming, along the right side of the valley of the Corno and
skirting the course of the river Corno, that connects Cascia and
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