Old Choir

Entering through the right door, under the vine, you reach the old Choir, where Saint Rita underwent her clothing as an Augustinian nun. Here she prayed day and night with her community, meditating in the heart what is said with the voice, as required by the Rule of St. Augustine.

The old Choir is also the site linked to the entry of Rita, now a widow, into the monastery. Only after many obstacles, did the woman come to be accepted as a nun by the Abbess of the time.

The Choir is decorated with frescoes that can be seen in the upper part (dating back to 1595). The walls are hung with the “seven canvases”: seven paintings, all with the same frame, that an unknown local artist of the Mannerist school painted immediately after Rita's beatification by Pope Urban VIII in 1628.

They represent the seven stages in the life of Rita: “The Miracle of the Bees”; “L’The Appearance of St. John the Baptist, Nicholas of Tolentino, Augustine”; “The Finding in the Choir”; “The Religious Habit”; “Receiving the Stigmata”; “The Disappearance of the Stigmata”; “The Reappearance of the Stigmata”.

The large painting in the middle, behind the altar, depicts the saint standing while receiving the stigmata; it is by an unknown artist of the 1700s.

Climbing the stairs outside, as soon as you enter the upper part of the monastery, in front of you there is a beautiful image of Saint Rita, an oil on tile painting by San Consadori in 1980. At the sides, two canvases by an unknown painter in the first half of the 17th century: "Blessed Rita Frees the Possessed", "Blessed Rita Assists the Shipwrecked".

Walk along the narrow corridor of the monastic cells; the number of doors indicates that there were 10-12 nuns in the 15th century. Continuing outside, you will find yourself in front of the building of the Beehive of Saint Rita, the halfway house for girls and boys in difficulty.