Cascia | Joe Walsh Tours


A remote town set in the Umbrian mountains, Cascia was home to St. Rita for all of her religious life. After her canonisation in 1900, a large shrine was built in Cascia, where the body of St. Rita can still be visited.

St. Rita was born in 1381 in the tiny village of Roccaporena, near Cascia. At the age of 36 she joined the Augustinian Order and gave herself wholeheartedly to prayer and works of charity. One day, when she was about 60 years of age, she was meditating before the image of the Crucifix when she received the stigmata. She suffered the pain for the next 15 years with dignity and passed away on May 22, 1457. St. Rita’s body, which has remained intact, is housed in the Shrine at Cascia.

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Local Information

  • Currency: Euro (€, EUR)
  • Local time: GMT +1 hour
  • Airports: Naples (NAP); Rome (FCO); Bologna (BLQ); Venice (VCE)
  • Flight duration: from 2 hours 20 minutes to 3 hours approximately, depending on the destination
  • Languages: Italian; many people speak English
  • Climate: Mediterranean climate with long hot summers and short mild winters
  • Voltage: 230V A/C, Sockets outlets and sockets of Type and Type F 2 pin, and Type L 3 pin are used.
  • Visa: not required for EU citizens; non-EU citizens are advised to check with the relevant authorities
  • Passport: EU passport holders travelling to Italy must have an up-to-date passport valid for travel three months beyond the date of return; non-EU citizens are advised to check with the relevant authorities