The Sanctuary of Montecastello is located just below the peak of Monte Castello, on a spur of rock sheer above the lake, with magnificent panoramic views.
Its privileged position offers to the visitors unique and spectacular views: moving from the high peaks of Mount Baldo to the peninsula of Sirmione, the sight can take in all the landscapes that embrace the blue waters.
Recently restored, it is one of the most popular and well-known sacred places of Garda given its architectural, artistic and scenic beauty.
Built on the ruins of an ancient temple, later transformed into a castle, it houses the "Casa Santa", a small temple presumably dating back to 800 AD.
In the rich and frescoed interior (frescoes of the Giottesca school), one of the many preserved is presumably the largest European ex-voto, dating back to the early 1600s.
The Sanctuary of Montecastello (Sanctuary of the Madonna della Stella) owes its name to the miraculous appearance of a "Star" that ended a ferocious battle that took place in Tignale in 1200.
For centuries it has been a place of pilgrimage and devotion, particularly to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is portrayed in an antique and miraculous fresco behind the main altar.
The Sanctuary is open from the 13th april to the 31st october 2019, from 9.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m.
Mass: From May to September on Sunday, 5.00 p.m.
For more information:
Parrocchia: Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta
Via Chiesa - 25080 Tignale (Bs)
Tel. 0365 73020
Santuario di Montecastello
Tel. 0365 73019 (only from Easter to October)
Casa degli esercizi: Eremo di Montecastello
Loc. Montecastello - 25080 Tignale (Bs)
Tel. 0365 760255 - 0365 760055