Routes for the Spirit
Veneto is a region that is rich in stories of men who were profoundly religious and of places capable of uplifting the spirit, thanks to which hosts of little sanctuaries have sprung up. In the Marchlands of Treviso three travelling routes have been proposed that combine the elements of human matters, places of faith and the sacred in art.
"Sulle orme di Pio X" - "Tracing the footsteps of Pius X"
'Tracing the footsteps of Pio X' is the name of a proposed travel route that is linked to one of the most representative figures of the Marchlands of Treviso. The house where Pope Sarto was born re-evokes the path trodden on earth of this humble son of the farming community who from his lowly origins in Riese ascended to the papal throne with the name of Pius X in 1903.
"I luoghi del culto Mariano" - The place of the cult of Mary
The itinerary named 'The place of the cult of Mary' goes over again the close link with the Madonna that can be found in those sites where tradition, or popular belief, had it that the Virgin Mary made an appearance, just as at Motta di Livenza, where the 'Santuario della Madonna dei Miracoli' (Sanctuary of the Madonna of Miracles) remembers the event of the apparition to the peasant Giovanni on the 9th March in the year 1510. The same chief town of the Marchlands counts numerous churches in its artistic patrimony that are dedicated to the Virgin Mary: the most well-known of these is the 'Santuario di Santa Maria Maggiore' which the locals in their devotion have re-nominated "Madona Granda"
"I luoghi dello Spirito" – The places of the Spirit
The landscape of the Marchlands in Treviso in its panorama reflects the deep tie the people here have with the Christian cult; the hills, old town centres and gentle slopes are scattered with churches, bell towers, sanctuaries and places of religious devotion and worship. The modern pilgrim of today can re-live the atmosphere of the faith in ancient times by following the itinerary called "I luoghi dello Spirito", (The Places of the Spirit). Along the route perhaps the most important site to visit is the Abbey of Follina, an ancient building that dates back to 1146, where still today the claustral isolation of the monks praying in silence in mediaeval times can be perceived.