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Bergamo, Italy: Institute of Pope Saint John XXIII

 

About Pope John XXIII:

One of the most recent Popes is Pope John XXIII, also known as the “good pope John”. A visit to the home where he lived and took his vacations is worth a day in Italy. Located about 30 miles Northeast of Milan it offers a glimpse into the life of this Pope.

Image of Pope John Paul XXIII
Pope John Paul XXIII

Located about two miles from Bergamo is the tiny hamlet of Torre Baldone where you will find the farmhouse used by Pope John XXIII for vacations. The future pope was born in this area in 1881, the fourth of 13 children.

There is a museum here with many artifacts from his Papacy on display here. In addition, there are thousands of ex-votos pinned to the walls here. There is also a chapel here, dating from the 15th Century, that was dedicated to the Blessed Mother and where the Pope would go to pray.

An interesting note: While normally we celebrate a feast day on the date of death, in this case his feast day is October 11th, the date that the Second Vatican Council was called in to order.

Traveling to Bergamo:

This is not included in most Italy pilgrimages that we have found, but is well worth the visit if you are traveling independently. The nearest airport is Milan (about 50 miles away). If traveling by train from Milan be aware there is more than one train station in Milan, so check to be sure that you will be catching a direct train that will take you to Bergamo station in less than an hour. From there it is a short cab ride. We recommend that you contact them in advance of your arrival.

Get train & bus schedules, see fares & buy tickets here.

Address: Via Colombera, 5, 24039 Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII BG

GPS coordinates: 45° 42′ 21.6720” N, 9° 29′ 39.3360” E

email: [email protected]

Click here for the official website of the home of Pope John XXIII

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