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Sacro Monte di San Vivaldo

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Address: Via San Vivaldo 11, 50050 San Vivaldo, Montaione, Italy
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Along with Varallo (Piedmont) the eldest Western Europe's Jerusalem

Anyone who knows the whole of "Sacri Monti" (Holy Mountains) of Piedmont and Lombardy (of which today nine are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites), could be brought to... read more

Reviewed April 5, 2016
Florence, Italy
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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

It's easy to find and the main Church is fairly plain but peaceful and has some impressive statues. It was however quite confusing trying to find the main entrance.. and there was nobody to ask.. we only found the "entrance" as we were leaving! So check the details before visiting.

Thank Mark E
Florence, Italy
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773 reviews
325 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 494 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2016

Anyone who knows the whole of "Sacri Monti" (Holy Mountains) of Piedmont and Lombardy (of which today nine are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites), could be brought to overlook this complex of chapels and terracotta sculptures, as it is alone and isolated. Yet this person would be wrong, because the history of San Vivaldo is more complex than... More 

1 Thank Brun066
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199 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2015

Everything was closed apart from the church in total darkness,but the sight of an old Franciscan monk feeding about 20 cats running around the place was interesting. Obviously an important place in the history of pilgrims,it was nice just to be in this small place for a short time.

1 Thank geebee01
Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2015

It's an interesting journey to find this place but it is worth it. The chapels and temples were built at the time of the expansion of the Ottoman empire that made travel to Jerusalem a dangerous journey for Christian pilgrims: this site provided a safer alternative for pilgrimage. The leaflet, available at the church, provides an explanation but the board,... More 

Thank Derek P
Island of Malta, Malta
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88 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2015

We visited Sacro Monte de San Vivaldo, on a Sunday , so we were able to hear Mass. The history and the beauty of this place is breathtaking. The forest around the whole area is ideal for a picnic , there wooden tables and chairs close to the main Church. Very close there is 17 small Chapels , each one... More 

Thank Anna S
Southampton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2015

We made a detour here after a morning in San Gimignano and were really glad we did. We arrived for 3pm (when the site opens) and sure enough a monk from the monastery duly arrived after a few minutes and we enjoyed a private tour of the chapels. Having spent hours looking at famous frescos alongside thousands of other tourists... More 

1 Thank rcdoc
Rutland, Massachusetts
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2014

The "Jerusalem" of San Vivaldo is a complex of chapels, temples as well as the small church built @ the early 1600's as a pilgrimage for the Jewish people who found it too difficult and dangerous to travel to the real holy sites. Apparently, the friars of St. Francis were instrumental in the construction of this complex. You can visit... More 

1 Thank Fran4715
Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2014

Highly recommend a full morning here. We were a group of six friends interested initially in the architecture of this Franciscan monastery, and intrigued by the tiny prayer buildings all over the property. We began with a walk in the park surrounding the monastery property, where we eventually found ourselves at a remote gate, where a Franciscan brother greeted us,... More 

2 Thank Mike F
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91 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed January 28, 2014

While staying in Florence we made a few day trips to the surrounding areas, and were recommended to visit this site. We were glad we did as it turned out to be one of the more fascinating sights we saw during our trip. During the 16th century travel to the holy land, by christian pilgrims, was a dangerous and difficult... More 

2 Thank WanderingFungi
Seattle, Washington
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed December 30, 2012

Finding San Vivaldo is a bit of a challenge. There were many twists and turns down country lanes to arrive there, some seemed like little more than a horse path. It is a densely wooded area full of wild cinghiale. On Sundays the church holds mass and there is a Franciscan monk on hand to give informal tours of the... More 

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