What to visit in Mandello, a religious itinerary
In Mandello we find several very characteristic and important churches. St. George’s Church was built according to legend by a Templar monk returning from the Holy Land. The interior walls are entirely decorated with beautiful fifteenth-century frescoes, including suggestive popular depictions of Hell, Limbo, Paradise and Works of Mercy. If you go down to the lake, you can admire the church of San Lorenzo, which besides being an excellent starting point for a walk through ancient 18th-century palaces overlooking the alleyways leading to the dock, is also a church with anterior origins To the thousand, which was rebuilt in the seventeenth century and still preserves the 12th-century bell tower. In addition to the majestic main altar in wood with the choir, the patrimony of the parish includes remarkable paintings and a monumental Serassi organ to 1674 canes, inaugurated in 1787. There is also the sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the River, founded in 1624 with an octagonal plan, dominated by a dome with lantern. Subsequently nine nave nose-trees and a Via Crucis were built, located in the square in front of the building with fourteen baroque chapels. The original paints of the chapels were replaced by reproductions on slabs at the beginning of the 1900s. The octagonal bell tower dates back to 1912. According to tradition, the Shrine was built after the flood of 1624 of the Meria River, which destroyed the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin. Many of the remains of the building, including part of a wall painted with the painted image of the Virgin and Child, were recovered to rebuild the present Shrine on the site of the find. The image of the Madonna was placed above the altar only in 1793. The interior conserves important works including some eighteenth-century canvases, frescoes and statues representing the Virgin, Prophets and Saints. One can definitely avoid visiting the historic museum of motorbike guzzles, a attraction that recalls every two years during the traditional motorcycle rally (World Day Guzzi) many tourists from all over the world. It collects over 150 exhibition pieces. The story is told through a timeline of all the models of sports bikes, prototypes and engines that have made the history of the Guzzi, making it known not only at national but also international levels. The museum is open from Monday to Friday from 3 pm to 4 pm. Entry is free, and there is also the opportunity to attend an interesting guided tour.