About the Basilica Sanctuary of Madonna del Corona:
Some 15 miles from the center of the city of Verona, perched against the mountain side on a ledge, is the Sanctuary of Madonna del Corona. Although the exact origins are open to debate, there is evidence of a Shrine here by 1522, the year when tradition tells us that the sculpture venerated here was miraculously transported through angelic intervention from the island of Rhodes. In 1625 works began on the construction of a new and larger church. In 1974, the church was partly demolished and reconstructed, with provisions made to preserve some of its more significant parts, with work finally completed in 1978. It was made a minor Basilica at that time.
Pope John Paul II visited the Shrine and prayed before Our Lady of Corona in 1988.
There are many sculptures in the Shire, the majority of which, in white Carrara marble, are by the sculptor Ugo Zannoni from Verona. Along the right wall of the Shrine there is a real historical-artistic patrimony of ex voto: 167 tablets of different sizes the oldest of which dates to 1547 and shows the miraculous saving of a woman about to drown in the Adige in Verona.
Along the right wall of the Shrine there is a real historical-artistic patrimony of ex voto: 167 tablets of different sizes the oldest of which dates to 1547 and shows the miraculous saving of a woman about to drown in the Adige in Verona. From an historical viewpoint the most interesting ex voto is the large canvas donated by the community of Bardolino in 1665, in thanksgiving for the grace obtained of rain, while the most precious is an oil on canvas showing Christ at the pillar, carried out in 1724 by the Veronese painter Antonio Balestra (1666-1740).
This is the “pilgrim’s house”, here after the path on the steps and the visit to the shrine, the faithful can rest and spend the night in the rooms and meals prepared by the restaurant and bar drinks. The Hotel Residence Stella Alpina is a property of the sanctuary, which is located about 150 meters from the center of Spiazzi in a magnificent mountain scenery, on a terrace overlooking the Val d’Adige below. It is open from March to November with service restaurant, bar and hotel.
The hotel is connected to the sanctuary by bus and offers to parishes and groups of pilgrims a range of qualified services: comfortable rooms; equipped rooms for the handicapped; a conference hall and much more.
Traveling to the Basilica Sanctuary of Madonna del Corona:
You can travel by train or bus from Verona: get fares see schedules and buy tickets here. By car from Verona, through the Autostrada A22 up to Affi. Than follow with the “provinciale” street to Caprino and Spiazzi for 20 km. You can go to the Shrine through stairs from Spiazzi (the climb will take about 20-30 minutes) or you can catch a mini-bus.
Address: 1 Spiazzi di Ferrara of Monte Baldo, 37020, Verona, Italy
Tel & Fax: (+39) 045 7220014
Click here for the official website of the Basilica of the Shrine of Madonna del Corona.