Surrounding Area

The Sanctuary is uniquely located thus allowing access to many other shrines and local attractions. St. Philomena demonstrates in the story of her translation from Rome to Mugnano del Cardinale that she greatly respects the saints and martyrs. The location of her Sanctuary clearly demonstrated this as she introduces her pilgrims to the other Shrines, of famous Saints, that are located nearby.


Located close to Naples St Philomena’s Sanctuary is an ideal base for sightseeing. Naples is a beautiful city of great antiquity that also has a large variety of mainstream shops, bars, restaurants and churches, in particular the Church of Saint Gennaro, Patron Saint of Naples. St. Gennaro’s blood miraculously liquefies each year in September. Naples is also the location of a natural wonder, Mount Vesuvius a volcanic mountain of great historical significance. For all those who love nature a visit to Vesuvius is a must!

The nearby Sorrento Peninsula is a triumph of natural beauty and breath taking views that dominate the sea. There are characteristic villages perched on the Sorrento Coast and devotees can visit St. Andrews Cathedral in Amalfi. For those who seek complete relaxation as well as time for endless meditation these locations are ideal.

Other interesting sites include Pompeii – with its Ruins and Our Lady of the Rosary Pompeii Sanctuary, Monte Virgine (AV) dedicated to Our Lady and the Sanctuary of St. Gerald Maiella (San Gerardo Maiella) (AV).

Day trips can be conveniently made to Rome, Monte Cassino Abbey (CE), San Giovanni Rotondo (the earthly home of St. Padre Pio, Monte San Angelo in Gargano for St. Michael the Archangel, Salerno for St. Matthew and further out to Lanciano (CH) for the Eucharistic Miracle and to Assisi for St. Francis.