Locarno’s main sight, Santuario della Madonna del Sasso, sits partway up a steep hill and therefore requires a bit of effort to reach.
Monk Bartolomeo d’Ivrea built this sanctuary in 1480 after the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared to him in a vision.
Though there is a funicular that runs to the sanctuary, you still have to walk up a steep hill to reach the stop, so you might as well walk the whole thing. It only takes about 20 minutes (including breaks to take in the scenery) and there’s plenty to look at as you huff and puff up the steep stairway; life-sized religious statues peer out from niches and chapels remind you where you’re headed.
In the 19th century, the building was given a neo-Renaissance façade.
The interior is lavishly decorated. Within the main structure are several side chapels depicting New Testament scenes.
Via Santuario 2, Orselina, Ticino, 6644Tweet