Descending from the town in the north and traveling along ‘a mpetrata ‘e Cerasìa, on the left, you’ll find the granite road that leads to the Franciscan Convent of Holy Mary of the Angels and the hilly lands located to the north and northwest of the town.

This road was historically traversed only by farmers, as those who wanted to go to the mountains to reach the Apennine Mountains up to Serra San Bruno, and perhaps even the Tyrrhenian Sea, would climb from the road that starts directly from the area of the Bargo where the Church of San Domenico stands today. It was also used by those who needed to visit the Basilian Coenobium of Saint Isidore Agricola, also known as Our Lady of Good Health.

The“petta” (uphill road) began to be more frequently traveled with the construction of the Church of Saint Rocco, which is still standing today but closed and abandoned. The frequency significantly increased, becoming continuous, from the early 1600s with the beginning of the construction of the Franciscan Convent of Holy Mary of the Angels.

As the Convent expanded, the relationship between the Monks and the Badolato community grew, as did the religious and non-religious activities involving the residents of the Bargo, especially the humblest ones. The religious rites related to St. Anthony of Padua have been the ones that have fascinated the people of Badolato the most over the centuries, particularly the farmers and artisans. After a few centuries of Franciscan presence, the Convent became a “seaport.”

With the construction of the brick kiln in the district and especially with the establishment of the municipal cemetery, hundreds and hundreds of people travel through ‘a petta ‘e l’Àngiali.

For a long time, it was an unpaved road, and within living memory, it is remembered being paved with stones of our local granite brought from the nearby Granèli stream. Over time, it became uneven and neglected until it was repaired about fifteen years ago by the members of Mondo X Community, guests of the Convent since 1987 when the monks left.

In 2010, the steep road of the Angels was illuminated by a long series of electric lampposts, which are occasionally lit, creating an enchanting night view for those observing from the north of the town centre.

From the square in front of the large structure built by the people of Badolato through the Franciscans, you can admire, beyond the large jurisdictional Cross, a splendid panorama of the entire northern part of Badolato.

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