My dear friends, welcome to My Own Italy to discover Italy with my personal touch!
Our travel today is to wonderful Piedmont.
The territory of Armeno reaches up the slopes of Mottarone, the mountain that separates Lake Maggiore from Lake Orta and which offers a unique and extraordinary view.
Armeno Armeno has very ancient origins, perhaps even dating back to the eleventh century, but certainly boiled was inhabited since prehistoric times; in Roman times it was obligatory passage for Switzerland and it was crossed by the road Settimia. In the Middle Ages it was linked to the events of the family Riviera Orta and the count-bishops of Novara.
In Armeno you can't miss a visit to the beautiful parish church of Santa Maria Assunta which dates back to the twelfth century.
The Church is one of the best examples of Romanesque art.
Essential and strict in its simplicity, it demonstrates the importance of the village during the Middle Ages.
The interior is divided into three naves, the splendid frescoes on the walls and on columns can still be admired.
They have been restored to their beauty after removing them the patina of lime that had erased them after the plague epidemics of the seventeenth century.
Armeno is known as the country of Hoteliers, which is also dedicated a museum, Museo degli Alberghieri.
Here you can find many objects of work, lots of photographs, many articles and testimonies of meetings with important people and also rare recipes.
After Armeno I suggest go to the next village Ameno, which has ancient origins too.
It is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Orta in a hilly position and surrounded by greenery.
Ameno was a tourist destination since the eighteenth century.
In Ameno you can also visit the Casa Calderara, residence of the painter Antonio Calderara and now home of a hundred contemporary artists.
To enjoy a unique view, overlooking in the lake, the island of San Giulio, the Madonna del Sasso and Monte Rosa I invite you to go to the square of the Sanctuary of Bocciola.
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bocciola is located in Ameno in the hamlet of Vacciago.
It seems that here, in 1543, the Madonna appeared and spoke to the shepherd girl Giulia, who was mute from birth, while she was praying near the chapel.
Giulia ran into the village to tell the event, being able to talk now, while the bells began to ring without being driven by some.
A few days later the shepherd died, just as had been announced by Our Lady, and since then the place became a pilgrimage site.
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bocciola was built in 1754 in memory of the miracle.
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