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ItineraryWAY OF THE RURAL CHURCHES - Itinerary 6: Pescopennataro - Sant'Angelo del Pesco
Regionregione MOLISE (IS) - ITALY
Difficultydifficoltà T
Lenghtlunghezza 4,20 km
Walking timetempo di percorrenza 1h
Height differencedislivello +60 m -460 m
Maximum quotaquota 1207 m
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Course description

In this sixth stage, the route can easily be represented as a direct line connecting
a Sant’Angelo del Pesco in a slight but steady descent. Along the way, the views that open up over the valley of the river Sangro are simply breathtaking. The towering cliffs we leave behind seem to grow ever higher, majestically dominating the valley. On the way down, you will be surrounded by a variety of natural elements that contribute to an enchanting atmosphere. Small crops alternate with deciduous forests, green pastures and placid streams, providing a picturesque and picturesque setting all along the way. This pleasant descent into the valley will eventually lead you to the quaint village of Sant’Angelo del Pesco, which will welcome you with its unique and authentic charm. Despite the short length of this stage, Sant’Angelo del Pesco will captivate you with its timeless authenticity and beauty. Take advantage of this stop to fully immerse yourself in the magic of this place and be enchanted by its unique atmosphere.

Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Useful information

Equipment and practical advice


To optimize your equipment, carefully read information about the route to be taken and the weather and climate forecast. This could be a list of basic equipment:
backpack suitable for real needs
At least 1L of water (2 in warm months/hot drink in winter) – Hiking map guide sunglasses multifunctional penknife head flashlight – smartphone battery charger – powerbank – camera – insect repellent first aid kit rain jacket – airtight bag for valuables and clothing to keep dry in case of rain bag for trash anti inflammatory ointment personal medication.

Bring some light and nutritious food such as dried fruits, chocolate bars, candy, honey (energy snack). Pack your lunch in advance or be sure to pass through a town in case you need supplies. Bring trekking poles that assist in pushing uphill and help with stability on rough trails. The presence of streams and wooded trails makes some trails impassable and very muddy in heavy rains. High, waterproof hiking shoes are essential here, along with good quality (breathable) socks, which should never be underestimated! Your clothing should not lack: Windbreaker/waterproof jacket; Hat; Gloves for low temperatures.


Although it may seem superfluous, we recall the need to behave properly and respectfully toward others and the environment, each person making his or her own contribution by bringing back with them what would harm the environment. The path can be walked all year round, but of course spring and autumn offer the best weather and landscape conditions. For many high stretches, periods of large winter snowfall should be avoided, and in the hottest summer period, water supply and travel time should be well calculated to move during the milder hours and stop during the hottest hours. The path is well marked with comfort flags and marker arrows.

Let’s not damage the plants, let’s remember that we walk through protected environments that need to be protected. We do not light fires. We keep dogs on a leash or harness, mandatory in protected areas. We do not abandon waste. We prevent all fire hazards. We also take into account that some trails may be challenging in bad weather conditions. We always follow the official trails and when in doubt turn back to the last marked trailhead. In Molise, free camping is prohibited in certain areas, therefore, facilities that can accommodate must be used.

CAI Classification of Routes

Italian Alpine Club classification of routes according to difficulty in hiking and cycling


T = Tourist

Routes on cart tracks, mule tracks or obvious paths that pose no uncertainties or problems of orientation, with modest inclines and moderate elevation changes.
Require basic hiking knowledge and physical fitness for walking.
Appropriate clothing and footwear are still required.

E = Hiking

Routes that represent the majority of hiking routes, thus among the most varied in terms of natural environments. They take place on mule tracks, trails and sometimes tracks; on different terrain by geomorphological and vegetation context (e.g., pastures, undergrowth, debris, scree). They are generally marked and may have steep sections. Easy, unexposed rock passages can be encountered that require the use of hands for balance. Any exposed spots are usually protected. They can cross flat or shallowly sloping areas on residual snow.
They require sense of direction and hiking experience and adequate training.
Suitable equipment with special regard to footwear is required.

EE= Experienced hikers

Nearly always marked routes that require ability to move along trails and tracks over impervious and/or treacherous terrain (steep and/or slippery slopes of grass, rocks or stony debris), often unstable and uneven. They may have exposed sections, traverses, ledges or rocky sections with slight technical difficulties and/or equipped, while via ferratas proper are excluded. They are developed on medium to steep slopes. Crossing sections on snow may be necessary, while all glacier routes are excluded.
Need excellent hiking experience, orienteering skills, knowledge of the characteristics of the mountain environment, sure-footedness and absence of vertigo, evaluative and decision-making skills as well as adequate physical fitness.
Require appropriate equipment and gear for the planned itinerary.

EEA = Experienced hikers with equipment
A ferrata is defined as a route whose sections on rock are specially equipped with metal structures: cables, chains, ladders, pegs and stirrups, which facilitate and enable its progression. They provide for the use of personal protective equipment certified according to current regulations (harness, via ferrata kit and helmet) and adequate technical preparation. They are marked at the start by special signs and meet precise construction and regulatory criteria.

Points of interest

Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The church of Sant’Angelo del Pesco dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is located at the end of the row of houses on either side of Via Madonna and near the avenue leading to the cemetery. Of 18th-century construction, it also originally served a cemetery function. It became the headquarters of the Confraternity of Carmel in 1848, which has administered it ever since.
In 1863 a fire caused by lightning caused extensive damage to the church, destroying the image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The Confraternity then commissioned the Apulian artist Biagio Molinaro to create a new painting. The artist, active in Rome and Naples, made the valuable canvas depicting, the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel, in Sant’Angelo also venerated as Our Lady of the Assumption, in the act of handing the scapular to St. Charles Borromeo, flanked by St. Francis de Sales. The townspeople recently took action to proceed with the restoration of the precious painting, which the people of Santangiolo are very fond of. The church, in particular, represented a refuge for the townspeople during the Second World War and at the end of the latter, from which the town emerged completely destroyed.

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Pescopennataro – Sant’Angelo del Pesco

(km 4.20)


Itinerary 6

Departure: Pescopennataro
Arrival: Sant’Angelo del Pesco
Distance: 4.20 kilometers
Walking time: 1h
Difficulty: Tourist
Height difference: +60 -460
37% asphalt – 40% cart tracks – 23% dirt roads
Cyclability: Yes – presence of sections with steep slopes
Recommended Period: Spring, summer, autumn
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It should be noted that the routes may include sections where vehicular traffic is concurrent.



The “Walk of the Country Churches” is an outdoor trail of about 90 kilometers connecting 9 historical centers e 15 small churches scattered throughout the territory of Agnone, Belmonte del Sannio , Capracotta, Castel del Giudice, Castelverrino, Civitanova del Sannio, Pescopennataro, Poggio Sannita e Sant’Angelo del Pesco.

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