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On Wednesdays, from 9 pm to 11 pm, the “Jerusalem” of San Vivaldo in Montaione opens its doors to visitors and Renaissance amateurs for guided tours at night.
The chapels — scattered in the wood as to reproduce the Jerusalem's topography in lower scale — were built by the Franciscan Order at the beginning of the sixteenth century and became soon a substitute pilgrimage for that to Palestine. Inside each chapel, frescoes, and sculptures in polychrome terracotta by Della Robbia School illustrate episodes from the life and Passion of Jesus Christ with surprising expressiveness. The complex represents one of the most significant examples of Western reproduction of the Holy Land.
In addition to the daily opening — Monday to Saturday 3pm-7pm and Sundays and holidays 10am-7pm — these special openings “at night” are even more suggestive and impressive.
For booking and information, please contact the Montaione Tourist Information Office.