Sanctuary of S. Maria della Sorresca
The Sanctuary lies on the shores of Lake Paola, by the Annunziata branch. Built by the Benedictines in the VI century a.C., on the remains of a Roman Villa dated back to the first century a. C., it preserves a wooden statue of the Virgin with the Child of the 13th century. The name “Sorresca” derives from a late medieval diction, “surrectum”, which means canal. The bell tower was originally designed as a look-out turret, for defence. The house remained a working monastery until the Napoleonic period. The church has partly lost its original appearance as a result of recent plastering and additions to the height of the building which has changed the spatial relations between the edifices. Even the door that now opens on the lake originally faced the opposite way.
Strada di S. Maria