Chiesa di San Vittore

Lake Maggiore West Bank

This tiny church on equally tiny Isola Superiore generally gets more tourists than congregation, except on 14 August when its saintly figurine – the Virgin of Assunta – is taken out on her feast day and paraded around the island amid a backdrop of candlelit fishing boats.

The church itself is a 14th-century Lombard structure built over an older 9th-century Romanesque shell of which only the original apse remains. To further confuse matters, the altar is baroque and contains a valuable wooden sculpture called Pietà that went missing (presumably stolen) for eight years in the 1990s.

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