• Religious Tourism
    • Art & Culture

Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII

It is located in the area called Isola Bergamasca and is now a destination for pilgrimages linked to the figure of Angelo GIuseppe Roncalli

Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII is situated in an area known as Isola Bergamasca, an area whose shape resembles an upside down triangle, where the base to the north consists of the Monte Canto and the two sides are represented by the rivers Brembo and Adda.

Sotto il Monte is today a place of pilgrimage associated with the figure of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, who was born in the village in 1881 and on 28 October 1958 became Pope John XXIII, also known as the "Good Pope" (Papa buono).

Most of the places of interest in Sotto il Monte relate to the places where Pope John XXIII was born and spent his life.

Cascina Palazzo, with simple rooms reached by a wooden staircase, was his birthplace, and Ca' Maitino, a fifteenth century villa and the Pope's holiday destination, is now a museum that houses many relics belonging to Pope John XXIII, including the bed on which he died and the altar of the private chapel.

A place of strong involvement is the Oboedentia et pax crypt, dedicated to the memory of the Pope where pilgrims are invited to reflect and pray. On the walls inside, pilgrims can read words taken from his thoughts and prayers.

The crypt is located beneath the parish church consecrated by Pope John XXIII in 1929 and the Cappella di Maria Regina della pace, which contains a precious altar from the Old St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican and a polychrome inlay depicting Pope John XXIII.

One element that characterises the area of Sotto il Monte is the Abbazia Rettoria di Sant'Egidio. The abbey was built in the hamlet of Fontanella  in Romanesque style in the tenth century and the current tabernacle was used to as a bread oven for the poor of a village of Val Imagna.

In Sotto il Monte, as well as visiting its historical and religious attractions, you can relax and recharge your batteries in a natural environment with walks and cycling trips on Monte Canto. The mountain is dotted with numerous itineraries that depart from the surrounding villages and wind through chestnut woods and vineyards.

Take me here: Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII

On the same topic

The pilgrim’s dinner: medieval cookery in Morimondo

A lunch inspired by medieval cuisine with a seasonal menu
  • Religious Tourism
Traditional flavours at the Abbazia di Morimondo

Religious Itineraries

Travel, walking
  • Religious Tourism
Religious itineraries, traveling on foot

Itinerario Linea Cadorna

The path of peace from a defensive line to a nature trail
  • Religious Tourism
Itinerario Linea Cadorna

Via Francisca

The magnificence of the mountains gives way to superb panoramas where unspoiled nature will envelope you in an unforgettable experience
  • Religious Tourism
Via Francisca del Lucomagno

Holy honey

A centuries-old tradition still alive in the abbeys
  • Religious Tourism
Where to buy honey made by monks in Lombardy

Dom Perignon and Franciacorta

The strange story of the most famous wine in the world
  • Religious Tourism
The strange story of the most famous wine in the world

La Strada Cluniacense della Franciacorta

Walking among vineyards and hamlets Discovering the Cluniac Abbeys
  • Religious Tourism
La Strada Cluniacense della Franciacorta

Lodi, places of spirit

Lodi’s network of cycle paths has reached the formidable length of nearly 250 kilometres, making it a veritable paradise for lovers of slow tourism
  • Religious Tourism
Lodi luoghi dell'anima

The herbalist traditions of Lombardy’s monasteries

In the monasteries and abbeys of Lombardy, knowledge and flavors translate into high quality herbal products
  • Religious Tourism
Herbal products: where to buy them from Lombard monks

Il Cammino di Santa Giulia

A treasure among treasures of this route: the monastery complex of Santa Giulia
  • Religious Tourism
Il Cammino di Santa Giulia

Church Sondrio

Along the mountain paths, to discover the paths of faith...
  • Religious Tourism
Church Sondrio, what to see

Churches Cremona

Religious tourism is an important attraction of Italian tourism. Cremona does not miss the appeal with basilicas and sanctuaries
  • Religious Tourism
Churches Cremona, discovering Lombardy

Il Cammin Breve

A "brief" guide to 7 churches in the heart of Milan
  • Religious Tourism
Il Cammin Breve

Churches Brescia

The religious one is a richness for Brescia which is one of the Italian cities with the highest number of churches on its territory
  • Religious Tourism
Churches Brescia, what to see in Lombardy

Cammini della Regina

Percorsi storici da Coira a Como
  • Religious Tourism
Camini della Regina, religious itineraries from Coira to Como

Via Francigena Renana

A Roman road between Reno and Po
  • Religious Tourism
Via Francigena renana, a roman way between the Rhine and the Po

Via Priula

From the Orobie to the hills of Bergamo Alta.
  • Religious Tourism
Via Priula

La Via Regina

The Queen of the Ways, ancient, crucial. A network of travellers’ hospices and monuments evidence of the historic importance of the route
  • Religious Tourism
La Via Regina

Churches in Lombardy

Great works of art are hosted in the churches in Lombardy. In fact, many sacred places are interesting for those who love cultural tourism
  • Religious Tourism
Churches in Lombardy, travel guide

The monk’s pantry: where to indulge your tastebuds

Guide for gourmands in the monasteries of Lombardy
  • Religious Tourism
A gluttonous guide to the monasteries of Lombardy