Madonna della Corona

Italy‘s highest lying pilgrimage site

The Madonna della Corona – a breath-taking monument at over 774 metres altitude. The basilica, walled directly into the stone, is the highest lying of its ilk in Italy. It was built in 1463 straight into the rock face above the small town of Spiazzi and today is one of the loveliest and also one of the most unusual pilgrimage areas in the world.

The construction of this wonderful basilica, which, in its location is quite bizarre, proved to be an exceptionally difficult undertaking. The ascent is still a real feat, even today. The ‘Path of hope to the sanctuary of the Madonna della Corona’ spans some three kilometres up to the church, with some 600 metres altitude to cover. Those of you who opt for the more leisurely variant can also get to the basilica in comfort by taking the shuttle bus.

An exceptional place of tranquillity and somewhere to enjoy a stop-off

The pilgrimage town of Madonna della Corona is a magical place, which also renders visitors amazed and awestruck. The mysterious radiance of this building which sits majestically enthroned above the treetops is indescribable and unforgettable at the same time.

Its unique location and the architecture of this masterpiece of architecture are particularly memorable – parts of the north wall and the entire west wall consist completely of rock, while the views across Spiazzi and the surroundings are unique.

Those of you who are looking for peace and tranquillity and who want to take stock or just enjoy and be amazed, will find a place of energy in the Madonna della Corona basilica, not far from our Hotel Orione.

Opening hours

  • November to March - from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • April to October - from 7.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Masses on weekdays

  • From April to October - 10.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.(and also at 5.00 p.m. in July and August)
  • From November to March - 10.30 a.m.
  • On Saturdays mass is held at 5.00 p.m., year-round.

Masses on Sundays and celebratory days

  • From May to October: 8.30 a.m., 9.30 a.m., 10.30 a.m., 12.00 p.m., 3.30p.m., 4.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m.
  • From November to March: 10.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.
  • April: 10.30 a.m., 12.00 p.m., 3.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m.