Valperga Canavese (1712)
The Sanctuary of
Belmonte is so ancient, that it was said to have been founded for a vow to the
Virgin Mary by the legendary Arduin, the first King of Italy, in order to thank
her for a miraculous healing that he had experienced in Ivrea in 1002 when he was seriously ill. Instead, the construction
of the Sacred Mountain was posthumous, realized in the18th century, dedicating 13 chapels to the Passion
of Christ; unfortunately not all of them today conserve the statuary groups and
the original frescoes. The Benedictine monks, who remained in the Sanctuary
until 1326, were followed by the nuns of Santa
Scolastica, also called Benedictine nuns, who remained there until 1601,
when, under the dispositions emanated after the Council of Trent, it was
decided that the nuns’ sanctuaries did not have to be in hermitage places.
Arriving at the Sanctuary using provincial road 42
Arriving at the Sanctuary by the itinerary – Antica via pedonale dei
tabernacoli(Ancient pedestrian route of the tabernacles (also called
You can find the tickets and the timetables at the departure station.
At Valperga the parochial Church is reached, from which the afore-mentioned route begins (on foot).