Santuario di S. Francesco di Paola
Forio d'Ischia (NA)
Via del Tommaso Cigliano
Territorio: Capri, Ischia e Procida
The Sanctuary of San Francesco di Paola is situated on a hill and looks over the San Francesco beach. The church is also known as Church of Santa Maria di Montevergine and was built, in baroque style, around half of the seventeenth century. The sanctuary, which has been restored and significantly enlarged in 1948, is now made of two communicating parts: the front one divided in three naves and the back one of smaller dimension. The altar piece realized by Cesare Calise in 1636 and resembling the Madonna di Montevergine is situated in the seventeenth century apse. Inside the curch, on the left-hand wall the visitor can admire two marble angels with a dove on top; in the niche, on the left-hand wall of the apse area, there is a wooden sculpture of the Virgin and the Baby Jesus dating back to the second half of the eighteenth century. On the main altar there is a seventeenth century Crucifix. Long the right-hand wall, in the first chapel, there is a famous reliquiario shaped like a small throne for lithurgical exposition, in molten silver and carved wood. Lastly you can admire the painting on top of the main altar that represents the madonna with the Baby Jesus and the saints Francesco di Paola and Caterina d'Alessandria made by Cesare Calise in 1633. Long the roads that lead to the Sanctuary one will encounter many votive aedicule built from the devotees between eighteenth and nineteenth century.
Open: MON-SAT 8am-12,30am/4pm-8pm