Today, in the afternoon, we visited the SACRED MOUNTAIN OF VARALLO “Sacro Monte di Varallo”. This sanctuary was founded in 1491 and is the oldest Italian and foreign constructions of its kind! It was built on a rocky foundation at 608 masl and sores just above the historic center of the town Varallo. It is really something else…
When you arrive you enter the first zone; a huge sloping garden with various chapels along the path. They tell the story of Christ, from the annunciation until his arrival in Bethlehem. Even if you are not religious, you will find it impressive as some chapels are really beautiful. Not to mention the wooden and terracotta statues. And there are plenty of them…more than 800! The second zone should represent the city of Jerusalem and has besides various chapels also palazzi and porticos. It gives you the feeling indeed to be walking around a small city (with 45 chapels in total)! That’s what makes this one so different from the others.
The basilica is located on the ‘main square’. Even though the Sacro Monte is open at all hours, the basilica is only open from 8 to 12.20 and from 14.15 to 18.30. Everywhere, but especially on the main square you will find many people drawing the most beautiful paintings. I’ll dedicate my next post to this, so don’t miss it.
Right next to the Basilica you will find the hotel Albergo Casa del Pellegrino**. A lovely hotel surrounded by the splendour of the Sacro Monte. You can decide if you want B&B, half board or full board. At the entrance of this cultural gem you will find another hotel Vecchio Albergo Sacro Monte ***. To find more information you can visit both websites or send me an email.
If you want to go up by car you just follow the signs from the center of Varallo and park your car at the entrance, lose to the Hotel “Vecchio Albergo Sacro Monte”. You can also choose to leave your car in the centre of Varallo and go up by cable car. The price for a round trip is €3 per person (children until 6 years are free of charge) and it’s open from 9 to 18 (till 19 on Saturday, Sunday and holidays).
Of course you must visit the lovely city Varallo as well. I will tell you all about it and show you some photo’s in my second next post!
Hotel: Albergo Casa del Pellegrino
Hotel: Vecchio Albergo Sacro Monte
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