The Madonna della Neve shrine (as it was opened the day dedicated to the “Holy Virgin of the Snow”, on August 5, 1640) is also called Forcella shrine, from the name of the hill where it is located at 630 m a.t.s.l. It was built on a belvedere on the street which used to connect Predalunga to the coti stones mines during XVII Century.
In fact, after the plague, the local population wanted to thank the Virgin Mary for helping them to survive the epidemic.  

The shrine was enlarged in the early XX Century by the architect Elia Fornoni. On the inside, you can admire a beautiful painting of Our Lady of Sorrows, which was formerly placed in a chapel now replaced by the church.
Moreover, the shrine was decorated by the local painter Giacomo Nembrini and frescoed by Giovanni Cavalleri with female figures from the Old Testament.  

Reference stop:

Distance: 4 KM
Extimated time:
  • 30 min.
  • 60 min.
How to reach Santuario della Madonna della Forcella (Madonna della Neve)

From TEB stop, follow directions to Pradalunga, as the village is located beyond the river. Go along a stretch of the cycle lane, cross the pedestrian walkway, go beyond the public gardens and you’ll get to the Town Hall.
Take via S. Martino, via Locatelli, via Forcella (uphill paved street). After a few curves and small niches dedicated to the Stations of the Cross, you will arrive to the Shrine.

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