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This very interesting walk, especially from a historic, artistic point of view, starts at the Santuario della Maddonna del Soccorso (400 m), situated above the town Ossuccio at the beginning of the Val Perlana.

From here a path leads deep into the valley Perlana where the antique monastery S. Benedetto (817 m) stands. From here along the opposite eastern side of the valley you reach the Abbazia dell’Acquafredda above the town Lenno.

Itinerary: Lenno – Santuario della B.V. del Soccorso - Monastero di S. Benedetto – Abbazia dell’Acquafredda - Lenno

Total walking time: 4h,15

Ascent: 600 m

Difficulty: some steep ascents and descents

 Sanbenedetto mappa

From Lenno Dolcelago turn left on via Diaz, and after 50m, at the church of the Santissima Trinità, turn left again

After about 20 m at the intersection, ignore via Rima, and turn right into Via Don Cadenazzi. Ascend the steps in order to reach Viale Libronico, which you follow to the left. Ignore the turn off for the “Abbazia dell’Acquafredda,” the abbey standing slightly uphill on the right, founded in 1153. At the next intersection turn right. The road leads on to a cobblestone path which you follow to the right (on the left is the antique settlement of Molgisio).

At the next intersection continue left ignoring the Via ai Monti. You soon arrive at the first shrine.

Popular devotion led to the construction of a one kilometer long cobble stone walkway lined with 14 shrines leading to the Sanctuary.

The shrines depict the scenes of the Madonna’s and Christ’s life and are represented by frescos and natural size statues made of stucco and terracotta.

They were created between 1635 and 1714 by various artists of Como and the Ticino area.

You ascend the Via Crucis, with stops at the shrines to admire the statues, on to the Sanctuary.

Santuario madonna soccorso Unesco

According to devotional tales, the sanctuary was built because of the discovery of a marble statue of the Virgin Mary and Christ Child in a cave by a deaf mute shepherd girl.

During the 15th century a small shrine was built to protect the statue that was believed to be miraculous. The small shrine was first enlarged and then transformed into a church. The central part was completed in 1537.

The Sacro Monte has been registered since 2003 on the list of the Humanity World Heritage.

From the church square you follow the steep track which leads to the farmhouses of Preda. Ignore the track on the left to rifugio Boffalora but continue straight on. The path leads uphill past the half ruined farmhouses of Garubio and Pelenden.

San benedetto Val Perlana

They are of antique origin and used to belong to the property of the abbey of S. Benedetto. You pass the stream S. Benedetto and then, slightly descending, you arrive at the abbey that stands among pine- and larch trees. The monastery of S. Benedetto is of the 11th century. The church is an important example of romanesque architecture.

Abbazia San Benedetto Lenno

The monks left the monastery in 1298 and slowly it fell into decay. The church has been restored in the nineteen fifties. and restore works have been done also on the monastery. The local population is still attached to the antique monastery and they meet here every year on the first of May to celebrate Mass. To continue you pick up the trail behind the church. You cross the bridge over the stream Perlana and follow the trail which leads along the opposite side of the valley back towards the lake. After having passed some settlements, the trail continues descending with a nice view of the Madonna del Soccorso. You arrive in the upper part of the town Lenno and follow the road steeply downhill to the Abbazia dell’Acquafredda.

abbazia acquafredda Lenno

The abbey is called Acquafredda (cold water) because of the source of fresh water on its grounds. It was founded in 1153 by the cistercensen monk Enrico of the Abbey of Morimondo. Nothing much remains of its original structure which was changed throughout the years. The church is dedicated to S.Maria dell’Uliveto, and was decorated with frescos by Fiammenghino. The church is a good example of local baroque. From the abbey take the Via Acquafredda that ends up again in Viale Libronico which you follow to the left. From here you walk back the same you came.

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