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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Marc (6 months ago)
At the very top of the monte you’ll find this unique cathedral. Sometimes depending on when you visit there may be queues. But the wait it’s definitely worth it. It goes fast and once inside you’ll find a unique church and Madonna which you’ll never forget. Nearby there’s also nice restaurants.
Brian (18 months ago)
Great views. Easy walk to the top from downtown.
Hyebin Lim (2 years ago)
My jaw drops every time I come up to Monte Berico, and I have gone here countless of times for my morning runs every time I have visited Vicenza. Such a beautiful sanctuary and places around to sip on coffee. Must visit place of Vicenza for sure!
D P Rogers (2 years ago)
A beautiful minor basilica and according to tradition built on the hilltop location where the Blessed Virgin twice appeared to a peasant worker Vincenza Pasini in the 15th century. Wonderful views from the hilltop and several nice places to eat lunch and enjoy the scenery. Lots of history with the basilica so take your time and enjoy it.
ANTHONY MARINO (2 years ago)
The richness of the architecture and decor of the basilica is awesome. Not grandiose like other basilicas but a microcosm of the most grand style. It delights the eye, inspires the soul and envelopes the mind. The Christmas display is beautiful and masterfully arranged.
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