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Santuario Madonna del Frassino

The magnificent pilgrimage church of the Madonna del Frassino is south of Peschiera. It was decided to build a small chapel for thanksgiving to Our Lady, who is said to have appeared to a believer here.

Frassino is the Italian word for ash tree. According to the 16th-century founding legend, the Virgin Mary came out of an ash tree to help Bartolomeo Broglia. A giant snake had threatened him while he was working in the vineyard. However, the Blessed Mother soothed the snake, until it withdrew, saving the winemaker.

You can reach the Santuario Madonna del Frassino near Peschiera del Garda via a cypress avenue. The single-nave church was built in 1514 and then extended and rebuilt several times. It is richly decorated with frescoes, paintings and stucco work and has a barrel vault. On the side altars there are some magnificent works by the Veronese artist Paolo Farinati from the 16th century, and in a side chapel, there’s an earthen clay statue of a Madonna, reminiscent of the legend.

In addition to the pilgrimage church, there is a Franciscan monastery and two large cloisters. The cloisters enhance not only scenes from the lives of various saints but also many prayers and thanksgiving to the Mother of God, to whom believers and pilgrims have prayed.

Opening hours: in winter from 6.30 am to 12 pm and from 2.30 pm to 7.30 am, in the summer from 6.30 am to 12 pm and from 3 pm to 7.30 pm.

Additional information:
Santuario Madonna del Frassino
Peschiera del Garda (VR)
Tel.: +39 045 755 0500
E-Mail: santuariodelfrassino@virgilio.it

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