Situated on top of the hill of Canoscio, which in Latin means luogo bianco (white place), is the Basilica Sanctuary of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary of Canoscio (Basilica Santuario Madonna del Transito di Canoscio).
It is home to one of the few frescos of the Assumption of the Madonna laying down. The ‘sleeping’ Madonna, as she is sometimes referred to, is considered to be merely resting while ‘in transit’.
The fresco was painted in 1348 in a tiny chapel as a votive promise. The offering was commissioned by Giovanni di Jacopo after surviving a terrible outbreak of the plague.
In 1406, the small chapel was expanded and many came to pray and ask for blessings, especially those suffering from epilepsy. Between 1855-1859 the chapel was rebuilt entirely and the Sanctuary was declared a Basilica in 1998.
Still well known as a place of miracles, even the views fill the soul.