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I had a blast going to this site in May of 2017. The caretaker, Antonello, was exceptionally helpful and the art students who were on site were very kind. I enjoyed Antonello's tour and look forward to going back to San Vivaldo next summer. Anyone...More
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...More
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.
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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,...More
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.