CIVITELLA DEL TRONTO
Through the millennia, Abruzzo’s religiosity has concretized the expressions of devotion in some great sanctuaries. The first, where over two million faithful come every year, is located at the foot of the Gran Sasso and is dedicated to a young Passionist saint.
Its name is San Gabriele dell’Addolorata. The fame of San Gabriel exploded in 1892 when his mortal remains were exhumed and the first sensational miracles occurred on his tomb. In 1920 he was proclaimed a saint and in 1959 Pope John XXIII declared him patron saint of Abruzzo.