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San Biagio

San Biagio

Tour description

There’s a church at Ravecchia called San Biagio which is one of Ticino’s best loved buildings, especially by the people from Bellinzona. It has preserved fascinating medieval traces of artistic and archaeological interest (key from the parish, tel. 091 825 25 05 ). It is built on a 13th C basilica made up of three naves supported by three pillars , 3 square choirs and a bell tower to the north, partially built into the church.
On the front of the church is a huge mural of Saint Christopher. The half moon window above the door depicts the virgin Mary with saints Peter and Biagio underneath a portrayal of the Annunciation.
The tour begins in the church square and leads up towards the hospital, following the road to Castello di Sasso Corbaro until you get to the 19th C church of Madonna della Neve , which is right next to the stream ‘Dragonata’ (for the key call 091 825 26 05 or 091 825 27 02). As it is so close to the stream, it is believed that from olden times it was the destination of processions to pray for safekeeping from the danger of floods.
Having looked at the church continue on the surfaced road, following the tourist signs until you reach the municipal aqueduct . From here take the paved mule path which is mostly walled on either side. It passes rustic mountain dwellings, and reaches the heart of what was once known as Prada (from the Latin prato -field) .
You can still see the ruins of 13th C buildings among the chestnut trees surrounding the 15th C church of San Girolamo (for the key call 091 825 25 05). From Prada descend until you reach the first mountain cottages in Motti . Fork left across the valley of Guasta, which will take you to Serta through the ruined remains of dwellings, long since taken over by chestnut trees. Keep going down, following the panoramic path which snakes among the vineyards as far as Pedevilla. From there you can reach the old part of Ravecchia and will end up back at the church of San Biagio.


Chiesa di San Biagio (13th C).
Restoration projects between 1911 and 1914 revealed traces of a building that dates back more than a thousand years. In 1932 all the baroque decorations were taken away. Both outside and inside you can see precious paintings which date back to the 14th/15th C

Chiesa della Madonna della Neve
enlarged and transformed in the middle of the 18th C, it has murals from the 17th and 18th Centuries.

Nucleo di Prada
documents prove its existence in 13th C

Chiesa di San Girolamo
dates back to 15th C with murals from 16th and 17th C

Museo Villa dei Cedri
accessible from the church square. The museum is housed in a magnificent 19th C villa (dei Cedri), and has a permanent exhibition of paintings from the Italian and Swiss/Lombard schools which could be classified as half way between realism and symbolism. There are also paintings by contemporary local artists, especially expressionists of a lyrical abstract style.


Recommended period: september - november

Villa dei Cedri. Red wine from their own vineyard. Tuesday-Saturday (call 091 821 85 20)
Gelateria Venturini, Bellinzona for chestnut ice-cream (call 091 825 82 51)

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Places along the route: Piazza Indipendenza - Piazza Biagio - Madonna della Neve - S.Girolama - Valle della Guasta - Pedevilla - Piazza San Biagia


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Tour history (B00917)

First published: Mittwoch, 31. Januar 2007

Last updated: Montag, 18. Mai 2015

Tour published by: Presented by www.bellinzonese-altoticino.ch

Tour characteristics

Distance: 6.5 km | Time requirement: 2½ h
Ascent: 459 m | Descent: 459 m
Highest point: 590 m.a.s.l.

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See also

Bellinzonese e Alto Ticino
Sede Bellinzonese
Palazzo Civico
CH-6500 Bellinzona
T +41 (0)91 825 21 31
F +41 (0)91 821 41 20