The Sacro Monte di Ossuccio & the Santuario Madonna Del Soccorso

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Living here, I have the luxury of being able to wait out the storms, heat & humidity for a perfect day for hiking. The weather is very unpredictable but with a bright, clear morning I knew it was time to make the hike up the Sacred Mount of Ossuccio, a UNESCO Heritage Site.

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monti1The Sacro Monte di Ossuccio and Santuario are located above the medieval village of Ossuccio on the western shore of the lake, about a half-hour drive north of Como City. The trail that winds around the fourteen cappellas is more than just another walk up a mountain and is a popular day trip for locals.

sign1sign2 Once you near Ossuccio, there are plenty of signs that point the way.
A tiny sign on an old stone stairway, near the main highway, is where I started. I love walking through the medieval sections of the lake villages.

DSCN4214DSCN4216DSCN4221Finally the trail opens up and it becomes easy to see why this site is so special.

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The 14 baroque temples were constructed between 1635 & 1710. Each are distinctively unique.

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IMGP4586If you are lucky, you might find an opening large enough to have an unobstructed view for you & your camera.  

IMGP4508I heard about the cappellas from friends. I didn’t bother to do any research and I had no idea what to expect when I peeked in. 

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DSCN4245The brightly painted, life size statues & frescoes were a complete surprise. Originally created by the sculptor Agostino di Morbio (1620-1706) and the stucco decorators of the Intelvese School, these plaster and terra-cotta statues continue to be maintained by local artists. Along the way, you will see some interiors under renovation.  

IMGP4519As expected, the views (looking north to south) are spectacular!

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IMGP4528Arriving at the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso (dates back to the early 1500s) a different spiritual mood from the cappellas presents itself.

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IMGP4537Outside, the Bar and Trattoria del Santuario is a peaceful, colorful setting where the monks offer a complete menu of delicious traditional food.

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DSCN4259Deciding to take a different way down, I pass by olive orchards & streams, down these stairs through a centuries old Italian hamlet.

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DSCN4276Hope you enjoyed the trip. It could not have been more perfect for me.

~ by mylakecomo on August 1, 2015.

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