C8 – Spiazzi/Villaggio/Croce

A path that goes to discover the origins of the devotion of the Madonna della Corona. View on Lake Garda, on Monte Baldo. A unique point of view. The route crosses the territories of Spiazzi/Village/Croce.
Must see
The church of San Giovanni Battista, the village with its characteristic wooden houses, the Croce district, the original nucleus of Spiazzi. Splendid landscapes on Lake Garda and the Baldo.
Altitudine max: 915 metri
Dislivello: 86 metri
Distanza: 1,7 km
Tempo: Piedi: 50 minuti
Il Percorso

C8-Spiazzi/

Villaggio/

Croce

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A path that goes to discover the origins of the devotion of the Madonna della Corona. View on Lake Garda, on Monte Baldo. A unique point of view. The route crosses the territories of Spiazzi/Village/Croce.

Start from Piazzetta Don Luigi Vezzola, the first stop is the small church dedicated to S. Giovanni Battista which was erected in 1669 by Cosimo Gianfigliazzi, a Jerusalemite knight and commander of S. Vitale and S. Sepolcro; the building took the place of a wooden chapel where the statue of the Virgin of Sorrows of the Crown was kept, from which it disappeared twice to stop on the ridge where the Sanctuary currently stands; these events are remembered by a marble plaque on the facade above the entrance portal.

Church of S. Giovanni Battista

Then walk the provincial road to the south, keep right to take the Graziani road, go down another fifty meters and then on the right you find a paved road, via Tre Vie, which shows us the path to the Village. Follow the indications and you reach the characteristics wooden houses hence the name called Villaggio.

Wooden houses

The slightly uphill path gives you views of Monte Baldo and the Caprinese plain, going on we arrive at the Croce contrada which is considered the oldest historical Spiazzi core.

Caprinese plain

Croce contrada

Some people think that in the early Middle Ages the Cross was a monastery. The fact is that the reports of visitors to Il Baldo between 500 and 600, when they come to touch these places, speak of the Marian Shrine of the Crown and cite only the inhabited area of the Crosatti historical family of the area as a hostel. Towards the end of the nineteenth century the center of the town was the Cross also called the little Paris, as it was equipped with a tavern (at the Lampione), accommodation, landlords, a private elementary school and also a station of the financial police whose barracks were located in the court. About a hundred people lived there, some workshops with about twenty workers of religious objects in bone, the raw material was the shanks of ox worked with the help of the file and the lathe, an artisan activity that remained active until the early decades of the twentieth century.
The court was originally closed with four protective doors, ”Porta Viveri” – Porta Lupi or Viandanti – Porta Latrine and Porta Morti from where you reached the Cemetery of Ferrara.

Porta Viveri

From the Croce contrada, going down from the main street you go back to the starting point.