Provincia di Bologna

Beata Vergine del Piratello sanctuary

Beata Vergine del Piratello sanctuary
Beata Vergine del Piratello sanctuary

In the late 15th century, there was a small stone pillar.

It housed an image portraying the Virgin who worked a miracle on 27 March 1483. The lords of Imola Girolamo Riario and Caterina Sforza had the sanctuary built in 1491.

It has been attracting pilgrims since then.

It is a rectangular building in Renaissance style.

A small portico gives access to it.

Its 16th century belfry is 35 m high.

Arches supported by 12 pillars divide the sanctuary’s two aisles.

Above the altar stands the famous image of the Madonna.


Address: via Emila Ponente 27 - Località Piratello, 40026 Imola (BO)

Opening hours:

Weekdays: 7.00-12.30am / 3.00pm-7.00pm
Sundays and holidays: 8.00, 9.30, 11.00am, 5.00pm 

How to get there

How to get to Imola


It's located in the outskirts of Imola, in the direction of Bologna.
From the tollgate follow the directions for Bologna until you reach the area of Piratello, you'll find it on the left.
From the train station you reach the bus station (about 100 metres away) and take the bus line n.101 for Bologna and get off at the Piratello stop.

Learn more

The western wing of the former convent houses a museum with the sanctuary's treasures.

Info on the tourist location

Info Parrocchia tel.: +39 0542 40455

Last update: 16-10-2013

Edited by Area Imolese