Hermitage of San Berardo
Eremo di San Berardo
According to the documents we have, the abbot of Montevergine (an important sanctuary near Avellino) starting from 1281 was a man called Berardo, coming from Montoro (south of Avellino). It is thought that he abandoned this charge to pursue a more quiet meditation, and for this reason he founded a hermitage on the mountains of Paolisi. Or at least, this is what popular tradition believes, but there is no certainty about his historical existence, nor an official acknowledgement of his sanctity.
The supposed relics of Berardo were moved in 1625 from here to Montevergine, where they are still nowadays. The hermitage here, instead, was already in ruins in the 18th century. Part of the walls were torn down in 1956 as a hut was planned on this place, but the project was then abandoned.
What it is possible to see nowadays (even though with difficulties due to a wild greenery growing in place) is the plan, and some architectural details, of the hermitage and the small church attached.
Berardo da Montoro [Comune di Arpaia]
The old website of Arpaia (which is attached to the hermitage as well) preserves the widest source of information available about the subject.
San Berardo by giovannimainolfi [YouTube]
A sequence of pictures taken in a day at San Berardo