CASTEL MANFRINO,
THE SALINELLO GORGES AND HERMITAGES

One of the most spectacular canyons in the Apennines, furrowed by the Saline during its course between the Montagna die Fiori and Mount Campli. At its entrance we find its first marvel, the Grotta Sant’Angelo, at Ripe di Civitella del Tronto, a cavern that has been a
place of worship without interruption for over 10,000 years. Then, on
the upper valley bluffs, a series of hermitages stand in impressive
position: Santa Maria Maddalena, Santa Maria Scalena, San Francesco alle Scalelle and, the most spectacular of all, Sant’Angelo in Volturino (the name comes from the Latin vulture, a vulture). The ruins of Castel Manfrino, erected in 1258 by order of Swabian King Manfredi, dominate the narrow gorges where the Salinello’s tumultuous waters.

Gole del Salinello. la rupe di Ripe di Civitella del Tronto. Al centro della foto la brutta struttura in ferro costruita per facilitare l'accesso alla grotta Sant'Angelo.

Salinello Gorges. the rock of Ripe di Civitella del Tronto. At the center of the picture the ugly iron structure built to facilitate access to the cave Sant'Angelo.

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