Santa Maria del Gesù in Ispica


Reasons to visit the Convent

Visiting the Convent to become familiar with one of the city’s main historical monuments and a spiritual center active since the 16th century; from here, you can admire the plain that slopes down to the Mediterranean Sea and the entrance to Cava d’Ispica.
It is a symbol of fervent spirituality from Ispica, since 1500.

Products made by Friars

Typical local products: oranges, capers, honey, olive oil, dried tomatoes, “cannellino” (sweet wine) liquor and homemade soaps.
Typical mission products: textiles, sculptures, ceramics and handicraft items.

Opening times

From 9:30 to 12:00 am and from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
To visit the Convent please contact, at least 24 hours before, the Associazione Cava d’Ispica (phone number +39.339.2188251, e-mail

Services to tourists

Christian or Franciscan spiritual training meetings (prayer and silence)

Daily: morning prayer at 7:30 am; evening prayer and Mass at 6:30 pm; Eucharistic Adoration at 7:30 pm (every Thursday); the Word of God at 9:00 pm (every Friday).
Yearly: Friday of Lent and Easter Triduum (Easter time); Prayer to S. Antonio with procession (1 – 13 June); Feast of S. Francis, Patron of Italy (4 October);  Novena to the Immaculate Conception (1 – 8 December); Christmas novena (16 – 24 December) at 6:00 am.

Christian or Franciscan spiritual training retirements (prayer and silence)

Reception of groups interested in spiritual training; retirements for families.

Summer and winter school camps



Recreational and training activities; missionary experience; meetings for families in difficulty.


Reception of parish groups.