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Madonna di Pietralba Pilgrimage Site

Slightly apart from the Wine Road, near Monte San Pietro at 1,520 m a.s.l., there’s the most important pilgrimage site of South Tyrol.

On the Monte Regolo ridge, 24 km from Ora on the Wine Road, the Madonna di Pietralba Pilgrimage Site (Maria Weissenstein) rises impressively. This popular excursion destination dates back to a Marian apparition in 1553, when Leonhard Weissensteiner, a hermit, fell into a deep gorge and the Virgin Mother appeared to him. From then on, the original chapel commemorated the event: Over the centuries, it has been developed into an impressive pilgrimage site.

The present Baroque pilgrimage church with its magnificent high altar covered with gold and silver leaf dates back to 1638, in 1722 the monastery next to it followed. The vault frescoes are by Adam von Mölk from Vienna. Votive tablets decorate the interior, as well as the original chapel. Outside there is the Chapel of St. Peregrin Laziosi, patron saint of cancer patients. However, the façade with the staircase, in front of which Pope John Paul II spoke to the pilgrims in July 1988, is well known far beyond the borders thanks to live broadcasts. Madonna di Pietralba can also be reached on a hike: A Way of the Cross with 14 stations starts in Laives, a shorter route starts in Aldino (30 minutes).

Currently, access may be subject to certain restrictions.

Contact info

Opening times

  • Wed 02 Dec closed
  • Thu 03 Dec closed
  • Fri 04 Dec closed
  • Sat 05 Dec 07:30 - 19:00
  • Sun 06 Dec 07:30 - 19:00
  • Mon 07 Dec 07:30 - 19:00
  • Tue 08 Dec 07:30 - 19:00

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COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Closure (11/02/2020 - 12/04/2020)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

General opening hours

  • Mon 07:30 - 19:00
  • Tue 07:30 - 19:00
  • Wed 07:30 - 19:00
  • Thu 07:30 - 19:00
  • Fri 07:30 - 19:00
  • Sat 07:30 - 19:00
  • Sun 07:30 - 19:00

Admission

freely accessible

More information

Church service (in German language) on church holidays at 10 am, 2 pm and 4 pm, on workdays at 10 am - church service (in Italian language) on church holidays at 9 am, 11 am and 3 pm (in summer also at 5 pm), on workdays at 11 am and 6.30 pm.

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