Capuchin Convent in Pontremoli
The Capuchin Convent in Pontremoli welcomes the pilgrims on their way to Rome, along the Via Francigena. A few steps away from the Teatro della Rossa, once crossed the Magra river, the Convent is not far from the city center that can be easily reached by a five minutes walk.
The story says that in the Seventeenth century two Capuchin friars were on the road and since the weather was very harsh they decided to stop by. The monks were more than welcome in Pontremoli and they were invited to stay longer. Some local families offered the Capuchins some allotments and the first Convent was founded, just outside the city walls. The church was consecrated in 1664 to the cult of the Immaculate Conception and it is now home to some Padre Pios relics.
As the sobriety of the Order demands, the Convent and the hostel are very humble and plain.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana