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Perched on ancient cliffs is one of the Veneto's and indeed Italy's most impressive sights. This is the sixteenth century Madonna della Corona.
Awesome is so over used these days, but when you first set eyes upon this church you'll understand the true meaning instantly.
It seems almost impossible to imagine how they could build it up here. Hanging, swallow's nest style, on the edge of a towering cliff, threatening to tumble down into abyss below and all the while heart wrenchingly beautiful.
The overhanging cliff too seems set to crush the church, held off only by divine intervention.
Legend has it that one night, in the early 16th century, a bright light was seen on the mountain slopes by villagers below. On investigating, a statue of the Madonna, holding the body of Jesus in her arms, was discovered.
In honor of this statue the church was built, in exactly the
same spot as it was first discovered. The original church was only the size
of a single room; however, in the following century it was extended
An easy day trip from Verona or Lake Garda. Base yourself either in Verona (the Hotel Verona is a good option) or somewhere like the Hotel le Mura in Lazise and you'll be perfectly situated to explore the Madonna della Corona.
It is best to have your own car to get to the Madonna though and to help you plan your trip I have highlighted the Madonna on the map below the links - it it the little blue marker thingy to the mid-right of the map and to the left of the A22 road.