Basilica di Santa Rita

Basilica di Santa Rita, Cascia

Basilica di Santa Rita
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andrylMellieha_Malta
Naxxar, Malta148 contributions
Fantasic church
Aug 2021
My dream to visit St rita cand one can see her me true.The church is fantastic with beautiful paintings.There is St Rita to visit there and one can see her very close .It was a very emotional moment for me to see her as she is my saint,the saint of the impossible cases.
Written 25 August 2021
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy370 contributions
Dream of a lifetime
Aug 2021
My mum is very devout to Santa Rita, and I always admired this woman, so we both were really happy to visit the Basilica dedicated to this fantastic person: wife, mother, nun and Saint all in one. The church is very colourful and pleasant to visit; apart from Santa Rita’s body, we also saw the bodies of two other Saints.
Written 11 August 2021
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mosesloh
Singapore, Singapore174 contributions
Fairytale Basilica
Apr 2019
Looking at the exterior of this basilica, you would think it's some fairy tale castle. As you enter the church, you could also imagine yourself to be in some fairy tale land. Though the paintings are not some famous renaissance artwork, the colours just attract you to stay longer in this church to spend some quiet time. The incorrupt body of St. Rita of Cascia can also be found to the left of the church.

Don't forget the small chapel down the slope from the entrance of the basilica. It is not known to many people, hence quieter and more space for prayer and reflection. An interesting feature would be the Eucharistic Miracle, kept in the stone and crystal tabernacle to the right. It concerned Blessed Simon of Cascia, and you could find pamplets detailing the Miracle in the chapel. His remains could also be found here.

The only problem with this basilica was how to come here. Unfortunately, this small beautiful town didn't allow any vehicles in, unless you were a resident or hotel guest. Hence, I had to park at the outskirts before slowly making my way up. Try to look for the escalators, which would save you much climbing efforts.
Written 24 October 2019
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micha a
3 contributions
Amazing day
Oct 2019 • Friends
You feel the heavan on earth. We just rent a car from termini ,34euro all day and you can give it back the other day at the same hour , and we went first to saint franscis in assisi , it is such a wonderful place , amazing . Make sure to start your day early beacuse you need minimum 4 hours at assisi to see and enjoy all the basilica and the village. then we went to saint rita di cassia , amazing village with all the green mountains that covered it . It was a dream to be there .when i entered the basilica i just cried , it gives you a magical feeling.
When we get back we put fuel on our car it cost 50€ but we have it all the day and we drove about 650km .
Written 17 October 2019
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Nora
61 contributions
A dream coming true
Aug 2019
Recommended for believers because you can meet prayers from all over the world coming to pray.You feel peaceful and blessed.The Basilica is located on top of a winding mountain. St. Rita's in corrupt remains are on display in a glass tomb.There are several little restaurants and souvenir shops within walking distance of the Basilica.
Written 10 October 2019
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Anthony G
Ghazir, Lebanon66 contributions
A place to be for prayers
Sep 2019 • Couples
A nice place around 3 hours from Roma. Better to be in a car because it’s little be complicated with public transport. Recommended for believers because you can meet prayers from all over the world coming to pray and meditate.
Written 28 September 2019
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Bruno Z
World243 contributions
Amazing place
Aug 2019 • Family
This place is an amazing gem, unfortunately we visited on a rainy summer day but we had the chance to see the basilica. The place has An amazing feeling to it. You feel peacful and blessed
Written 6 August 2019
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WandaMaria
Branson, MO1,398 contributions
A MUST VISIT Destination in Italy - Highly Recommend!!!
Oct 2017 • Solo
When in Italy, I make it a point to visit Cascia in order to pay homage to my favorite saint, St. Rita.

The Basilica is located on top of a winding mountain. The views of the town from the Basilica are really breathtaking. I can't explain the feeling I get when I visit here; I feel very much at peace here.

Inside the Basilica, St. Rita's incorrupt remains are on display in a glass tomb.
On the wall behind where the saint lays, there are portraits of people pinned to the walls. These appear to be of people St. Rita was attributed to helping via answered prayers. Nuns in the area hand out blessed rose petals and holy cards of St. Rita to visitors. (Roses, grape leaves and bees are attributed to the saint and the many miracles she is credited with.)

The artwork inside the church is absolutely stunning. Colorful images of Saint Rita and other holy people are painted on the walls and ceilings of the Basilica. Although I took many pictures of the artwork, none of them do justice to the beauty of the artwork.

Just outside of the church entrance, there is a little room where the Augustinian Nuns sell handmade items like crocheted flowers and the like. I asked one of the nuns (who spoke only Italian) if she had any blessed grape leaves. She responded that she did not, but she pulled out little packets of blessed, ground grape leaves and gave them to me. (These are attributed to many healing miracles of seriously ill people. The powder is to be mixed with liquid and consumed. However, I didn't find this out until later on. I put the packets under the pillow of my terminally ill brother.) The ground grape leaves are free, all you have to do is ask for them. It is best to ask for these in the room where the nuns sell their handmade items. I had asked one of the nuns in the Basilica if she knew where I could obtain these, and she said they didn't have any. I don't know if she just didn't know, or if she didn't understand what I was asking for due to our language barrier.

In the lower level of the church (which is accessed by walking down a path to the right of the Basilica) - lies the incorrupt body of Beata Maria Teresa Fasce and a relic of the Eucharistic Miracle - a bleeding host - in which a man's face can be seen.

In the monastery area where St. Rita lived, there is on display a few items in a small room, such as her wedding ring and one of the habits she wore. This area is locked and can only be entered by tourists who are accompanied by a priest. I waited for over an hour to view the relics on display here. The priest - who spoke only Italian - lectured the group of tourists I stood with - presumably about St. Rita, her life at the monastry and the miracles attributed to her. In the area, a grape vine flourishes; it is the actual vine that was planted by St. Rita when she was a nun. The priest spoke for over a half hour - he was quite verbose - before he allowed us in to see the relics. The room was very small; we all filed in line in single-file as we walked the diameter of the room. I think it took all of 5 minutes to see everything, as the line moved quickly. (Tip: If you are short on time, you can skip this part of the tour. You may wait a very long time in order to see something for just a couple of minutes.)

Due to this long lecture given by the priest, I almost missed my bus going back into town. I literally had to run down the winding mountain to reach it on time. Unfortunately, I was not able to stop by any of the souvenir shops on the way out to purchase St. Rita-themed gifts this time around. My suggestion to those who visit here and must catch the bus is to plan accordingly. Don't put shopping off until the end of the visit, as you may not get to buy anything due to the time crunch.

Because I traveled to the Basilica by way of the #12 bus from Rome, I had only 5 hours to spend here. The bus leaves Rome at 7:30 a.m. and departs the Basilica at 3:30 p.m. (There is a 3 hour bus ride each way.) The bus ticket was fairly inexpensive; I paid less than 20 Euros for the roundtrip ticket.

For me, 5 hours was not enough time to spend here. The next time I visit, I will plan to stay overnight to make the most of this experience. (Note: the bus ticket can be used to return to Rome the next day for anyone who is wondering. You don't have to use it the same day.)

There are several little restaurants and souvenir shops within walking distance of the Basilica.

I would highly recommend visiting here when in Italy. It is a "must do" on my list. It is well worth the visit.
Written 25 September 2018
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jack_et_jill
218 contributions
Excellant place to visit
Sep 2018 • Couples
Reaching there from Rome was a problem. There is only 1 bus that leave from statione tiburitina at 730 am reaching cascia 10 30am and leaves 330pm to arrive back to rome at 630pm. The basilica can be reached by using escalator. The mass was beautiful . Seeing the artifacts of St Rita were moving. There is no English translator. All the information we received was in Italian. The place is so beautiful encourage to stay overnight and enjoy the place.
Written 12 September 2018
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Czar Emmanuel
Manila, Philippines5,900 contributions
Heart of devotion to St. Rita of Cascia
May 2018 • Friends
This church may be modern, but people flock to this place primarily to venerate the mortal remains of St. Rita of Cascia (located in a chapel on the left side of the main altar). The entire complex is actually divided into two parts: we have the main church or the basilica on level 2 and a small chapel on level 1 (where you'll find the urn containing the body of Bl. Maria Teresa Fasce and the Eucharistic miracle of Bl. Simon Fidati). There is also a modern Penitentiary (a place for confession). The place is really beautiful and very conducive to prayer and meditation. Out in the square in front of the church you'll find the monastery of the Augustinian cloistered nuns. I suggest that you visit this place as well to see some relics and spaces associated with St. Rita of Cascia.
Written 13 July 2018
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