A historical devotional pathway

Moving along the road that leads from the square to the first slopes of the mountain, there is a compact and homogeneous array of rural constructions, some of medieval origin with arcades, inner courtyards and loggias. You reach a kiosk from where the path begins leading to the sanctuary of the Madonna del Castelletto, terminal point of the track between the chapels illustrating the Mysteries of the Rosary.


The road created by the skilled nineteenth century pavement engineers is a significant example of the devotional way that appears in the inventory of the historical communication routes of Switzerland and is listed and protected, together with the sanctuary and churchyard, among the assets of cantonal importance.


The ‘carral’ track is covered by a well-preserved pavement laid between 1842 and 1846, a period that marked an increase in votive processions and pilgrimages from villages around Melano and from neighbouring Lombardy to the sanctuary, in order to avert the threat of cholera spreading in our region between 1830 and 1860.

Between 1878 and 1880, five chapels were erected along the street, decorated with romantic scenes depicting the ‘Misteri gaudiosi del Rosario’ by Ferdinando Brambilla (1838-1921), a Milanese painter trained at the Brera Academy.


The paintings were restored in 2017 by A.T.R. Arte e tecnica del restauro Sagl in Arogno.


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