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Riva San Vitale: Battistero

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  • View of Riva San Vitale
    / View of Riva San Vitale
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  • / Battistero di Riva San Vitale
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  • / Lidolago
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  • / Stacroce
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  • / Riva San Vitale
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easy
2.7 km
1:30 h
65 m
54 m
Our tour of this lake-side village centres on the 5th century baptistery, dedicated to St. John the Baptist. This octagonal building was the scene of crucial events in the conversion of Switzerland to Christianity. It is the oldest stone building in the country.
Starting from the Capolago railway station, we cross the main square and then follow the road on the left, signposted Rancate. This takes us past the parish church of San Vitale before reaching the baptistery in the centre of the village.
A visit to the church of Santa Croce, a fine Renaissance building (16th century) commissioned by the noble Della Croce family from Milan, is well worth the walk to get there. This church has a central floor plan and an orthogonal dome; the paintings are by Camillo Procaccini (1560-1629) and his school.
Riva San Vitale also has many interesting modern buildings down its narrow alleyways. These include the Casa Bianchi, designed in 1973 by the architect Mario Botta, and the "Casa con studio" (House with Study), designed in 1974 by the architect Giancarlo Durisch.

Note(s)
Guided tours on request

See also
Mendrisiotto Turismo
Via Lavizzari 2
CH-6850 Mendrisio
Tel: +41 91 641 30 50
Fax: +41 91 641 30 59
E-Mail: info@mendrisiottoturismo.ch
Internet: www.mendrisiottoturismo.ch

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Landscape
Highest point
306 m
Lowest point
272 m

Start

Riva San Vitale, piazza (272 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.906030, 8.971320
UTM
32T 497775 5083607

Turn-by-turn directions

Riva San Vitale - Battistero - S.Croce - Fornaci - Battuta - Casa Bianchi - Battuta

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty
easy
Distance
2.7 km
Duration
1:30 h
Ascent
65 m
Descent
54 m

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Highest point
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Lowest point
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