Santuario della Madonna del Sasso

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Lonely Planet review

Overlooking the town, this sanctuary was built after the Virgin Mary supposedly appeared in a vision to a monk, Bartolomeo d’Ivrea, in 1480. There’s a highly adorned church and several rather rough, near-life-size statue groups (including one of the Last Supper) in niches on the stairway. The best-known painting in the church is La Fuga in Egitto (Flight to Egypt), painted in 1522 by Bramantino.

A funicular runs every 15 to 30 minutes from the town centre past the sanctuary to Orselina, but the 20-minute walk up a chapel-lined path known as the Via Crucis is fairly easygoing (take Via al Sasso off Via Cappuccini).