Camposampiero, Italy: Life of St. Anthony, The Anthonian Shrines
If you have the opportunity to travel to Padua and visit the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, try to find time to travel about 12 miles north of the city to also visit the Anthonian Shrines in the town of Camposampiero. It is here that Saint Anthony spent the final days of his life.
There are two memorable shrines in this town dedicated to this most amazing saint.
About the Shrine of the Walnut Tree:
Shortly before his death, desiring peace and quiet, he had a treehouse built for him in a walnut tree and retired there to pray and meditate. The site is still there and is now known as the Shrine of the Walnut Tree. The Shrine is open daily.
About the Shrine of the Vision:
The second shrine, known as The Shrine of the Vision, is the place where Saint Anthony was observed holding the baby Jesus. It was in this location that a person who had put Saint Anthony up for the night looked in on him and observed the saint holding the baby Jesus. This cell is now a chapel that is open daily (closes around noon for siesta) and daily Mass is offered here as well as morning prayer and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There is also a gift shop.
Camoposampiero is definitely worth a visit, especially if you wish to escape the crowds and enjoy some quiet moments to meditate and sample life in a beautiful Italian town.
Traveling to Camposampiero:
There are several trains each day from Padua, taking about 20 minutes. It makes a good half-day trip from Padua. There is also bus service from Padua as well. Get train & bus schedules, see fares & buy tickets here.
Address: Via San Antonio, 6, 35012 Camposampiero PD
GPS coordinates: 45° 34′ 24.5172” N, 11° 55′ 50.6136” E
Tel: + 39 049 93 15 711
email: [email protected]