Hidden Treasures: The Heart of Dro, in the Sarca valley
An easy walk around Dro, a small town in the Sarca Valley, from the central town square to the chapel of Sant'Abbondio on the hill of the same name
In 1630 the community of Dro survived a devastating epidemic of the plague. In order to give thanks, in 1632 the townspeople made a solemn vow to St. Sebastiano and St. Rocco to celebrate on the first Saturday of every month for the rest of the year a procession to the chapel of Sant'Abbondio and a mass in honour of the saints. Since 1993, this event has been the subject of a historical re-enactment called “the vow of Sant'Abbondio or the 12 Saturdays” which takes place in the last week of May.
This easy walk follows the route of the historical re-enactment of the Vow of Sant'Abbondio, which in turn retraces the footsteps of the faithful in centuries past.
The chapel of Sant'Abbondio is mentioned for the first time in 1485, but probably dates back much further. The building has a single nave and has frescos from the mid-16th century.