Loreto, city of faith
From the Angolo Divino guest house to the discovery of Loreto
Small town of the Marche Region, in the province of Ancona, with the largest Marian shrine of Italy, Loreto is always a popular tourist destination and a famous pilgrimage site for tourist from all over the world.
During the night of December 9th and 10th, 1294, “Maria's home” arrived in Loreto brought by flying angels after a trip, originated in Turks-occupied Nazareth, that lasted several years. That is what the beloved popular legend still tells, but its historical foundation is yet to be confirmed.
Loreto grew and prospered throughout the centuries thanks to the sacred relic that has always attracted and still attracts pilgrims from all over the world. The Basilica built around the “Holy House” is the work of some of the best renaissance artists: architects such as Bramante, Andrea Sansovino, and Antonio from San Gallo, painters such as Melozzo from Forlì and Luca Signorelli.
Nowadays, walking down the streets of Loreto means taking a journey throughout centuries of devotion and spirituality and to contemplate some of the absolute masterpieces of the Italian art.