Sanctuary of Montevergine
Sanctuary of Montevergine
4.5
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8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Connector705930
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Montevergine is about an hour from the hustle and bustle of Naples. It is a place of religious pilgrimage. In the church is an enormous icon of the Virgin Mary, supposedly painted by St Luke. It is in the town of Mercogliano which is a small, quiet but charming town. To get to the monastery, you have a choice of driving (this incredibly windy road with dozens of hairpin turns) or taking the funicolare (sky tram) to the top. The church and shrine are something to behold.
Written October 18, 2023
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CoachSingleton
Salt Lake City, UT282 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Family
“Santuario della Madonna di Montevergine” or “Sanctuary di Montevergine” or “Monastery of Monte Vergine” is way off the beaten path for most Americans to find. This is a popular place to visit for the Italian visitors. The monastery is above the town of Mercogliano. These are lot of legends about how this came to be. Some say It was founded in 1118 AD by San Guglielmo da Vercelli, while other put the date 1128. The building been going on ever since.

Visiting here is a traditional pilgrimage for many Italians. The best time to visit is by what you want to see. The Fall the area is beautiful, the Spring allows you to visit the Monastery (Abby) with little crowds. The month of August is the most popular. There are shops open by the Monastery in Late July and August. The drive up to the Monastery is a lot of switchbacks. I drove it almost everyday for 2 years, so it is not that bad. If you go in the summer I would suggest the funicular from town, it only takes 7 minutes, and is one of the neatest rides you can take.

If you drive up, there is a neat restaurant half way up. Also if you drive up (and you have a tougher little car) you can drive up to “Peace Valley” which is a great area for a picnic. Drive through the parking lot, there is a small road, when you go through the tunnel take the first left. Let me say again, this is not a road for the weak of heart, it is pot holes and some rough spots.

The history of this place is way cool. The different pilgrimages going to here is cool. Over the last 20 years, a popular Gay one is occurring because of a legend of the Mother Mary saving a gay couple there. Another legend that that if you are a virgin and have relationship on the hill, you will leave the mountain still a virgin.

So why would an American on a 10 day Italian vacation take a day to see this neat place. Located above the monastery for over 30+ years was a small United States Air Force Base that housed the 2181 Communication Squadron (2181 CS) part of the 2187 Communication Group. The base is gone, only cement pads still exist, but for hundreds of America GIs, this was home.

If you are in Naples, and have a rental car, make the drive to Mercogliano, and go up to the Monastery.

Good Luck

Coach
Written May 12, 2012
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Giuseppe S
Avellino, Italy19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Family
The sanctuary is an important piece of holy history. The black virgin is the symbol of the church that also hosts a famous and interesting "presepio" museum. I suggest to visit the ex-voto exhibition which documents centuries of local religious history. The view from the sanctuary is breathtaking. Also, the sanctuary is a good starting point for nice mountain walks
Written April 25, 2016
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ladyloveschocolate
Connecticut65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Family
The long curvy drive is well worth it! Beautiful views, beautiful church, peaceful and inspiring. There is a World Wildlife Fund Wildlife Sanctuary at the top of the mountain. There is also a walking path up the mountain.

It was rainy and cold when we went so there were not many people but we have been before and it can get pretty crowded. There are two small gift shops. Not many signs/information in English. It is well worth the visit though if you are in the area.

On the way down the mountain there is a bazaar area with stalls that sell fruits, meats, torrone etc.. The bazaar however was not open on our visit this time.
But it is best to skip the Torrone stalls there anyway because we know the best Torrone shop in all of Italy which is right near there. We discovered it on our last trip to Italy and we were happy that our driver could help us find it again it this time as we headed down Montevergine. It is Torronificio del Casale. It is a family business. It has the very best Torrone and friendly service. The shop is small but soooooo delicious. If you go to Montevergine, you MUST stop at Torronificio del Casale too!
Written June 16, 2012
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Steph V
Burton upon Trent, UK61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
I visit here at least once a year. It's lovely to have a walk around, very peaceful and lots to look at. The views from up here are amazing, on a clear day you can see for miles.
Written May 15, 2019
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angie9390
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Upon visiting this part if Italy where my parents,were born, my uncle surprised us and drove us up to montevergine. Wow!!! The views were breathtaking. The weather went from extremely hot at the bottom of the mountain to cool and,breezy on top. Entering both parts of the church were simply breathtaking......gave me chills. The,architecture was amazing. To know that the locals used to walk this mountain to get to this church has me so intrigued.. this Madonna performs many miracles and my mom prayed to het all the time. Would recommend this trip to anyone who has an interest in italys beautiful churches.
Written June 28, 2012
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fmanzi
llanelli17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
went there as a child,with my parents. nice memories of a large ,peaceful place.very meaningful place for my father who was from this area of Italy.
Written April 23, 2016
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Douglas R
Avellino, Campania, Italy24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
Beautiful sanctuary with a wonderful "Nativity Scene" collection from around the world and a nice museum. A registered pilgrimage site with the Vatican and historically important. Near the village of Mercogliano which has a tram that can be taken up the mountain or a 20 minute drive by car. Area has nice restaurants characteristic of the local area, highly recommended. I personally recommend "I Santi" in Mercogliano or "Il Volpe" in Ospedoletto (spellcheck). I don't think you will be disappointed. Nice wine in the area, and the house wines are deliciously cheap too. About a 45 minute drive to the area from Naples, Italy. Public transportation to the area is possible, but challenging: bus stop to Avellino from Piazza Garibaldi by main train station downtown Naples or outside walk to main road out of the Capodichino airport to Avellino (Uscito Ovest), then local bus to Mercogliano. A day trip to see the area nicely. Cool in the summer.
Written February 9, 2016
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Jaqueline C
Pittsburgh, PA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
I was very excited to visit the land of origin of my family, during these visits, I also met this beautiful monastery.
This place, not so far from the city of Avellino, is a place very important and popular for the italian chatolic people, is a place of peace and quitnes,s where it is not difficult to stay relaxed and to think, the view is magnificent but the road to get it is not good.
Written February 26, 2015
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Forti
Pretoria, South Africa216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
A very restful and peaceful place to visit with a truly beautiful charch reached on an extremely beautiful and curvy little road up the mountainside. The old cathedral and the new cathedral lie side by side and there are many very interesting (and some frankly weird) things on display in the church and the surrounding buildings but everything is very interesting. the views are remarkeable - you can see the sea and bay of Naples as well as clear views of Vesuvius from up here (they are more than 50km away). There are also lovely and very characteristic villages on the road to the sanctuary. Take the time to visit the little hamlet of Ospedaletto at the base of the road. Especially if you love Nougat. This town is the worlds largest producer of this delicious treat. PS the coffee bar at the sanctuary makes a great coffee and lovely pastry for after your visit.
Written January 20, 2015
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