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Sacro Monte di Ossuccio

One of the nine pre-alpine Sacred Mountains, UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a privileged place for reflection and spirituality

Where
Via Santuario, 22016 Tremezzina – Frazione Ossuccio (CO)
Contacts
+39 0344 55211
Official site

The Santuario della Madonna del Soccorso and the chapels of the Sacro Monte occupy an enchanting, panoramic position overlooking the village of Ossuccio, on the western bank of Lake Como.

The architectural complex of the Sacro Monte di Ossuccio, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated in Garzola and comprises 14 chapels, the Church and the portico opposite, the Cappella della Beata Vergine del Soccorso and the Bell tower.

The chapels are located along Viale del Santuario which leads from Garzola to the Santuario. The construction of the complex dates back to between the 16th and 18th centuries.

Popular tradition links the origins of devotion to the Madonna at the site to an ancient statue and painting of Mary. The white marble statue, which was probably hidden at the site in times of battles and invasions, was discovered by a deaf and mute child who was then miraculously cured; the statue is now located in a votive chapel attached to the Santuario.

The painting – which depicts the Virgin Mary with the Baby Jesus and Saint Euphemia, the patron saint of the nearby parish of Isola – dates back to 1501 and is displayed above one of the side altars in the Santuario. As visitors climb the long road to the Santuario del Soccorso, they pass the chapels – which represent the Mysteries of the Rosary – and have the chance to discover the key phases in Christian life, in representation of the journey towards the house of the Holy Father.

Experiencing the effort of walking, before stopping to contemplate and meditate, offers visitors the chance to see their own lives reflected in that of Christ, guided by the hand of his mother Mary.

The Sacro Monte della Beata Vergine del Soccorso di Ossuccio was in 2003 named a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with a series of Sacri Monti in Piedmont and Lombardy.

The Santuario is located in the municipality of Tremezzina on the western bank of Lake Como, 25 kilometres from the town of Como itself. It is situated on the slope of the mountain at 400 metres above sea level, overlooking the villages of Ossuccio and Lenno and facing Isola Comacina.

The Santuario, which is completely isolated, is surrounded by fields, olive groves and wooded areas. Its position on a small hill means visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the central part of the lake.

The only way to reach the Santuario is on foot, along the road lined with chapels. Elderly, sick or disabled people may be transported from the fourth chapel to the Santuario by car on request, but numbers are limited.

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Places

Village of ossuccio

On the shores of Lake Como, where its pastel houses are reflected on the water, is known for its UNESCO heritage: the Sacro Monte
  • Villages
Village of Ossuccio
470 mt

Complex of saints faustino and giovita

  • Religious Tourism
Complex of Saints Faustino and Giovita
1.11 km

Villa del Balbianello

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  • Lakes
Villa del Balbianello
2.21 km

Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo

A beautiful walking in the lush botanic garden and inside prestigious artworks.
  • Art & Culture
Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo
4.02 km

Villa Carlotta

Villa Carlotta, located on the shores of Lake Como near the village of Tremezzo, is a triumph of natural and architectural beauty.
  • Art & Culture
Villa Carlotta
4.32 km

Village of argegno

A village of Roman origins that, since ancient times, has been a fortified center inserted in a vast defensive system
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Village of Argegno
5.11 km

Museum of navigation instruments

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Museum of Navigation Instruments
5.48 km

The Villa Melzi d’Eril Gardens

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The Villa Melzi d’Eril Gardens
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Menaggio e Cadenabbia Golf Club

  • Golf
Menaggio Cadenabbia Golf Club, Grandola e Uniti (CO)
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  • Villages
Bellagio,Como Lake
6.33 km

Villa serbelloni

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  • Art & Culture
Villa Serbelloni
6.64 km

Villa mylius vigoni

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Villa Mylius Vigoni
7.05 km

Madonna del Ghisallo, the Cyclists Temple

  • Religious Tourism
Madonna del Ghisallo, Churches in Como
7.1 km

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  • Villages
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7.23 km

Village of Varenna

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Village of Varenna
9.09 km

Villa Monastero

  • Art & Culture
Villa Monastero
9.2 km

Villa Monastero

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Villa Monastero, Monumenti Lecco
9.21 km

Alpe Cainallo

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Alpe Cainallo
12.3 km

Bellano's ravine

The creek Pioverna flows thunderous among the rocks and welcomes you with the Bellano’s ravine.
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Bellano's ravine
12.42 km

Bellano

Bellano offers a lot of historical and cultural attractions and is also an excellent starting point for excursions.
  • Lakes
Bellano_panorama_da_sud_foto di Carlo Borlenghi
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Events

LacMus Festival 2018

Lago di Como
Como
28/06/2018 - 09/07/2018
  • Lakes
LacMus Festival 2018
1.67 km

Happy Hour in Villa Balbianello

Villa Balbianello
Como
22/06/2018 - 23/06/2018
  • Lifestyle
Happy Hour in Villa Balbianello
2.21 km

Summer Solstice at Villa Carlotta

Villa Carlotta
Como
22/06/2018
  • Art & Culture
Summer Solstice at Villa Carlotta
4.32 km

Bellini on Lake Como

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Via C. Galbiati 11, Grandola ed Uniti (CO)
23/06/2018
  • Art & Culture
Bellini on Lake Como
6.27 km

Public Opening Astronomic Observatory Sormano June

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24/06/2018 - 25/06/2018
  • Art & Culture
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10.96 km

Bellano Jazz Festival

Bellano (LC)
01/07/2018 - 02/07/2018
  • Lifestyle
Bellano Jazz Festival
12.28 km

Sagra of Misultin Dervio

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30/06/2018 - 02/07/2018
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14.25 km

Activities

Private Lake Como - Brianza wine day tour from Bellagio

  • Food & Wine
Private Lake Como - Brianza wine day tour from Bellagio
6.57 km

Villas of Lake Como boat tour with food tasting

  • Art & Culture
Villas of Lake Como boat tour with food tasting
9.26 km

Boat rental on Como Lake near Bellagio

Boat rental on Como Lake near Bellagio
9.58 km

Where to sleep

B & B GARZOLA

B & B  GARZOLA
413 mt

B & B L'ISOLA TRA GLI ULIVI

B & B  L'ISOLA TRA GLI ULIVI
636 mt

C.A.V. RESIDENCE LETIZIA

C.A.V. RESIDENCE LETIZIA
645 mt

LARIO HOTEL

LARIO HOTEL
731 mt

B & B MAGNOLIA

B & B  MAGNOLIA
996 mt

RESIDENCE LENNO

RESIDENCE LENNO
996 mt

LOCANDA IL GRIFO

LOCANDA IL GRIFO
1.06 km

VILLA MARIE

VILLA MARIE
1.09 km

GRAND HOTEL TREMEZZO

GRAND HOTEL TREMEZZO
1.09 km

SAN GIORGIO

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BAZZONI ET DU LAC

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LA DARSENA

LA DARSENA
1.09 km

LAVEDO

LAVEDO
1.22 km

B & B LA TANA

B & B  LA TANA
1.4 km

ALPE DI SALA

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TAVERNA BLEU

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1.45 km

RIFUGIO VENINI

RIFUGIO VENINI
1.47 km

RIFUGIO BOFFALORA

RIFUGIO BOFFALORA
1.47 km

B & B SELVE DI ROGARO

B & B  SELVE DI ROGARO
1.47 km