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Like stepping back in time.

My husband has always loved this church but it has always been closed when we have been in Varenna... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2018
Sarah M
Omagh, United Kingdom
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Beautiful church in the square!!!!

This was a beautiful small village church and a pleasure to visit - we lit candles for our loved... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2018
Christine R
Brisbane, Australia
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All reviews oldest church tucked away tiny church worth a quick visit the main square fourteenth century lovely church frescoes simplicity piazza modest nave prayer hundreds history peek medieval
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Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

My husband has always loved this church but it has always been closed when we have been in Varenna. Today it was open and we had a look inside. It is like stepping back in time. The old frescoes were amazing.

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 7 July 2018

This was a beautiful small village church and a pleasure to visit - we lit candles for our loved ones. One evening there was an orchestra playing in front of the church and it was a lovely experience to sit in the square and listen...More

Thank Christine R
Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

It was a surprise to see this tiny church on the town square open. The frescoes made it worth the peek and they seemed to be Medieval and original (Not restored).

Thank Robert L
Reviewed 20 May 2018

It's hard to believe I didn't visit this church until my last day in Varenna. Tucked away on the side of the piazza it is easy to miss, but well worth a visit. The old frescoes on the wall and simplicity of the church itself...More

Thank lirwin13
Reviewed 15 November 2017

Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista is a small little church in Varenna. There are frescos on the wall that appear to be partially restored. This church is worth a 15-minute view.

Thank Joyce P
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Positioned on the main city square in Varenna, this church represents hundreds of years of history for this small town. The exterior is modest, however, the interior was grand. The property and square are very well maintained.

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

We attend Mass in this lovely church whenever we're in Varenna. It is peaceful, and serene, and I love thinking about the artisans who built it centuries ago, as well as the thousands of souls who have knelt here and offered up their prayers.

Thank Beachgram2016
Reviewed 24 July 2017

How many churches do you need to see in Italy? This one is really special as the frescoes on the walls and nave date back to the 1300's. There is a plaque at the entrance that explains the history of the church, which is in...More

Thank MadamJosephine
Reviewed 5 July 2017

This is the oldest church in Varenna and is worth a look if a moment or two. I heard it was not open very often so when I saw it was I went in. Very simple and beautiful.

Thank rpperkins1
Reviewed 22 June 2017

A truly rustically simple but quite beautiful ancient church on the main square well worth a quick visit.

Thank sydneysider48
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