The Basilica of San Nicola a Tolentino

The Basilica of San Nicola a Tolentino

The Basilica of San Nicola a Tolentino

The Basilica of San Nicola a Tolentino
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Czar Emmanuel
By Czar Emmanuel
Remarkable frescoes in the "Capellone"!
Sep 2017
Tolentine in the Marche region, Italy may seem unheard of by many of you, but it has a hidden treasure that is worth-visiting. I'm referring to a series of frescoes dating back to the 13th century attributed to the School of Giotto, a renowned Italian painter of that time. These frescoes are found in the "Cappellone" (literally "big chapel") of the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Tolentine. It would take you around 3 hrs and a half by train to reach the place from Rome. The Cappellone was where the body of Saint Nicholas was interred after his death in 1305. They are divided into two layers -- one depicting episodes from the life of Jesus and the other one depicting episodes from the life of Saint Nicholas. There is also a painting of the crucifix. The chapel's vault is painted in blue, decorated with stars and the so-called four "Fathers of the Church". In the middle of the chapel is a beautiful tomb with a statue of the Saint on top. The colors of these frescoes are so vivid as if they were painted just recently. The halos on the personages on the painting are somewhat elevated, thus creating a 3D effect. Typical of Giotto, all the figures are all chinky-eyed. :D Next to the chapel is the basilica itself, a small museum, the sacristy, and a spacious cloister (also with painted walls). The whole area is surrounded by arches and columns in brown bricks whose beauty is accented by the growth of vine branches. You'll also find here what many considered as a miraculous water well. Be sure to ask the guide to tell you the story about this well. Highly recommended!

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Czar Emmanuel
Manila, Philippines5,937 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
Tolentine in the Marche region, Italy may seem unheard of by many of you, but it has a hidden treasure that is worth-visiting. I'm referring to a series of frescoes dating back to the 13th century attributed to the School of Giotto, a renowned Italian painter of that time. These frescoes are found in the "Cappellone" (literally "big chapel") of the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Tolentine. It would take you around 3 hrs and a half by train to reach the place from Rome.

The Cappellone was where the body of Saint Nicholas was interred after his death in 1305. They are divided into two layers -- one depicting episodes from the life of Jesus and the other one depicting episodes from the life of Saint Nicholas. There is also a painting of the crucifix. The chapel's vault is painted in blue, decorated with stars and the so-called four "Fathers of the Church". In the middle of the chapel is a beautiful tomb with a statue of the Saint on top.

The colors of these frescoes are so vivid as if they were painted just recently. The halos on the personages on the painting are somewhat elevated, thus creating a 3D effect. Typical of Giotto, all the figures are all chinky-eyed. :D

Next to the chapel is the basilica itself, a small museum, the sacristy, and a spacious cloister (also with painted walls). The whole area is surrounded by arches and columns in brown bricks whose beauty is accented by the growth of vine branches. You'll also find here what many considered as a miraculous water well. Be sure to ask the guide to tell you the story about this well. Highly recommended!
Written March 7, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

valnowell
Nantwich, UK115 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
These are to be found in the Great Chapel, whose walls were entirely covered in the fourteenth century by the school of Rimini. The structure is unusual, having four levels or story cycles, covering the depiction of the four evangelists; the life and death of the Virgin Mary; the life and death of Christ and the life and death of Saint Nicola. Some of the images are derivative of Giotto to the point of copying, but as a huge fan of Giotto, that's fine by me and the high quality and wonderful state of preservation of the work make a visit here a great delight. I was so enchanted that I returned to Tolentino a few days later, solely to visit this chapel again before leaving the area.
Written October 5, 2016
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yvonne T
London, UK51 contributions
Jun 2016
A must see when visiting Tolentino. St Nicholas is the patron saint of souls in purgatory. The saints remains were hidden in1345 and they were rediscovered in 1926. The walls of the great chapel are covered with paintings depicting various Christian messages. There is a large statue of St Nicholas attributed to Niccolo I'd Giovanni. The Museum and Cloister are decorated with large frescoes. A whole day can be spent admiring this hugh building. There is a large car park close by from where one can walk to the centre of town.
Written June 26, 2016
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TinIT
15 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
Worth the trip into the inland depths of the Province of Macerat. I love when out of town guests come to visit so I can take them somewhere special, and this place never disappoints. Even Italian friends who may say in advance that they've seen lots of churches, and how great can it be. But it is. From the ornate decorate ceilings, to the courtyard of the abby, to the intense paintings in the back, I will always be happy to bring guests here for a real cultural and historical immersion.

The church of course is closed at lunch time, so make sure to plan around that. I also suggest a stop either before or after to a local osteria for lunch and a stop on the way out to The La Rancia Castle. Another great find.
Written June 24, 2016
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Aussies11
Montelparo, Italy4,555 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
Unfortunately we arrived at the basilica at noon and it was just closed re-opening at 2.30pm. However, the cloister was still open so we did not miss the chance to step in and have a look. It is delightful. There were a few other visitors, it was a hot day, but it was lovely and cool walking along the colonnade enjoying the flowers, plants and the frescoes on the walls.
Written November 18, 2015
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Karentipp
Ireland265 contributions
Sep 2015 • Friends
Lovely church and story boards of st. Nicholas ..dates back to 13th century. Beautiful frescos too painted in 14th century. it's a walk into the past and it's beautiful. It's free too.
Written October 6, 2015
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Mariano Pallottini
Carassai, Italy163 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
Is one of the most amazing experiences of Le Marche, retains an incredible number of works of art and architecture of the place is unique in Italy.
Written August 27, 2015
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arcticboolie
Vancouver, Canada212 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
Loved the coffered ceiling with carved figures, some of the chapels and the dramatic red velvet curtains up by the altar.
Written November 12, 2014
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Benson149
Rome, Italy101 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
Although off the normal tourist route, a visit to the Basilica is well worth a diversion or special trip to Tolentino, St. Nicholas was a thirteenth-century saint and mystic, famed for the many miracles for which it is said he is responsible. There are various parts to the basilica. Apart from the main altarpiece (created Marchisiano di Giorgio in the early sixteenth century) the main church is of less interest than the annexes. Most important is the 'cappellone' with wall paintings created in 1305, shortly after the saints death. They are truly spectacular and, although in a much smaller space, of almost as much interest as the much more visited wall paintings of Giotto in Assisi. In another chapel, there is a spectacular ceiling and important paintings on the wall. The tomb of St. Nicholas is in a vault. The beautifully-balanced front facade of the basilica is spectacular. If you're in the Marche, this is really worth a visit.
Written September 14, 2014
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Jupiter81
Ireland383 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
The entire place is beautiful. If you have religious interest this is a very important sanctuary related with St. Nicola. But the most relevant things are the extremely beautiful artistic works outside and inside the church. Differents stiles and magnificent details. The front of the church; the cripta; the cloister; the tumb of the saint; etc. Of particular interest are the frescoes by Piatro da Rimini. Fascinating everything!
Written August 29, 2014
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