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: email@example.com Internet: www.mendrisiottoturismo.ch
Riva San Vitale, piazza (272 m)
32T 497775 5083607
Riva San Vitale - Battistero - S.Croce - Fornaci - Battuta - Casa Bianchi - Battuta
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Similar tours nearby
These suggestions were created automatically.
Questions & answers
Pose the first question
You have a question concerning this content? Here is the right place to ask it.
Write your first review
Be the first to review and help others.
Photos of others
Show elevation profile
Hide elevation profile
For changing the range of view, push the arrows together.