In this chapter we discuss one of the most welcoming and characteristic cities of the Veneto region: do not miss Monselice!
Monselice is a delightful walled city at the foot of the Colle della Rocca and is characterized by beautiful architecture and a picturesque-looking center.A summary of its history can be found within the walls of the castle, consisting of the thirteenth-century Palazzo di Ezzelino and the Palazzo dei Marcello, whose name derives from the family that lived there until 1835.
The thirteenth-century Torre Civica, located on the west side of Piazza Mazzini, is one of the best preserved examples of the walls of the Carraresi era. From this square begins the Via del Santuario, a scenic route all uphill, which winds around the Colle della Rocca up to the Shrine of the Seven Churches.As you go up, the path is enhanced with panoramic views of the town but also over the surrounding countryside.
Among the first emblematic monuments of the city we find the Castle of Monselice, composed of two palaces, which contain a collection of medieval weapons, furniture, furnishings and tapestries among the richest in Europe.
If you are a fan of weapons then, you can’t miss the armory of the Tower of Ezzelino, enriched by many weapons with abstruse names and unusual shapes. Continuing on the left we find the 16th century Villa Nani Macenigo, guarded by statues of sullen and menacing eighteenth-century dwarves.
Going up we find on the right the ancient church of Santa Giustina or, the old Cathedral of Monselice, characterized by a Romanesque-Gothic style, which was dedicated to St. Justine and officially consecrated in 1256. Right here begins the pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Seven Churches to obtain the Plenary Indulgence, which starting from 1605, Pope Paul V granted to the pilgrims who gathered to pray before the figures of the saints. Once through the Holy Door you can proceed to visit the seven chapels, each is the simulacrum of the seven Basilicas of Rome, painted by the school of Palma the Younger and by the German painter Carl Loth.
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