17 June - 26 November - 'Women, Madonnas and Trains' - Villette and Re

  • When:
    All the year
  • Suitable for: All

The municipalities of Villette and Re chose to investigate the theme 'Women, Madonnas and Train' with a series of cross-cutting initiatives.

On Saturday 17 June, Villette will host the inauguration, at 10.30 a.m., of the exhibition set up in the small museum Ca' di Feman, which will remain open until 26 November. The exhibition will be dedicated to the link between women and spirituality over the centuries, taking the figure of the Madonna di Re as a reference. The exhibition will be open Saturday and Sunday 4-6 pm, and in August also on Fridays at the same times. For information and bookings for special openings: 0324 97029.

Thanks to the availability of the Re parish church, a wing of the Sanctuary of Re will display some of the 450 Ex Voto conserved in one of Piedmont's most visited places of worship. The testimonies of faith (visible during the Sanctuary's opening hours) will have the value of travel as their common thread, and specifically the close link with the Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway train.

From the summer, a ring-route excursion route will also be made available to highlight the miraculous episode of the bleeding of the Madonna di Re. Starting from Re, following the mule track that starts near the Trattoria Svizzera, you will walk along the Via Crucis until you reach the small village of sundials, Villette. After visiting the old town centre, the parish church, the Oratory of San Rocco and the aforementioned Cà di Feman Museum, you will move on to Londrago, where you will come across the home of 'Zuccone', Giovanni Zucono (nicknamed 'Zuccone'), the man who, on 29 April 1494, after playing the 'piodella' game, upset at not having hit the winning shot, angrily hurled the piodella at the image of the Madonna painted on the façade of the church, which thus began to bleed. Finally, the route leads to the hamlet of Folsogno, where the Oratory of Santo Stefano stands, and then back to Re. A short walk, punctuated by information panels, with no particular difficulty, which the promoters aim to consolidate as a new sacred route, usable all year round.

Hours and opening hours

  • Open: Saturday and Sunday 4-6 p.m.
  • August: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 4-6pm 
  • info and reservations for special openings on 032497029
  • The exhibition in Re can be visited during opening hours of the Sanctuary