Monte Berico Church

Vicenza, Italy

The Church of St. Mary of Mount Berico  is a minor basilica standing at the top of a hill which overlooks the city of Vicenza.

According to the legend, the Blessed Virgin appeared on the hill twice to a peasant worker named Vincenza Pasini in 1426 and 1428. At this time in the Veneto, the people and economy had been suffering from a terrible plague for years. The Madonna promised that if the people of Vicenza built a church on the top of the hill she would rid them of the plague. The people kept their promise and the church was built in 3 months.

The original church later became a sanctuary. The original basilica has been restored repeatedly during the centuries, sometimes with famous architects such as Palladio, Piovene and Miglioranza. All these changes are still visible today.

The statue of the Virgin Mary was sculpted by Nicolò da Venezia in 1430, two years after the second apparition.

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Founded: 1435
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Corey (5 months ago)
One of the best views in Vicenza. If you want an overall viewpoint of Vicenza and the surrounding area, it's hard to beat. It's also easily accessible to vehicles.
syafa haack (5 months ago)
A magnificent view to stop over. A nice free public spot. Free parking. Free toilet.
Armando Torres (5 months ago)
Best view in the city.
Natasa Rockov (6 months ago)
Best view of Vicenza, do not miss it!
Thomas Coburn (2 years ago)
A must-see in the Vicenza area. The view is absolutely amazing from the top of the hill overlooking the city. If one chooses to walk to the top it can be a steep hill and may not be suitable for people who are not used to that kind of activity. The sunsets seen here are some of the best that you will see anywhere.
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