Notice
This website or its third party tools use cookies, which are necessary to its functioning and required to achieve the purposes illustrated in the cookie policy. If you want to know more or withdraw your consent to all or some of the cookies, please refer to the cookie policy. By closing this banner, scrolling this page, clicking a link or continuing to browse otherwise, you agree to the use of cookies..
home > TOUR OF FAITH AND DEVOTION IN PIEDMONT

TOUR OF FAITH AND DEVOTION IN PIEDMONT

THE HOLLY MOUNTAIN (SACRO MONTE) OF VARALLO SESIA AND OROPA

Departure from the hotel and transfer by coach to Varallo Sesia
The first of the alpine Sacro Monte was built here at the end of the 15th century, following designs by Bernardino Caimi, a Franciscan friar who, returning from the Holy Land, decided to reconstruct the Holy Sites of Palestine at the top of the mountain overlooking the town. The bold project was both a spiritual and spectacular artistic achievement (finally completed at the end of the 1800s) by acclaimed artists such as Gaudenzio Ferrari. 
This unique and fascinating devotional journey, enhanced by the natural surroundings, winds past 44 monumental chapels in which the episodes of the Passion of Christ are told through 1000 life-size statues set in frescoed scenes. A famous pilgrimage destination for centuries, it was influential in the creation of the other Sacro Mounti in the Alpine area. 
Lunch at the Hotel del Pellegrino, located in the most panoramic spot on the hill, next to the Basilica dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin.
In the afternoon depart for Oropa to visit the Sanctuary famous for its Black Madonna. According to legend, the statue was carved in Palestine by Luke the evangelist and then brought to Oropa by St Eusebio around the middle of the fourth century AD. It was initially placed at the foot of a rocky boulder, still visible, and subsequently transferred to a shrine around which was built the imposing Basilica, a well-known destination for religious pilgrimages. 
Return to the hotel by coach.




AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Tel. +39 0323 1981000
Fax. +39 0323 1970474
  • Duration: 1 gg
  • Price: From 13 €
Print this page

top