Church of Sant’Antonio

In a splendid location amidst the airy meadows of Monte Alino, stands the oratory of Saint Anthony of Padua, born out of popular devotion after the plague of 1630. In past centuries, during the summer, a chaplain officiated at the church, celebrating services for the families living in the surrounding farmsteads, cultivating the land and raising livestock.

Inside, on the single altar, is placed the altarpiece of Saint Anthony of Padua, created by the Bergamo painter Carlo Ceresa (1609–1679), while on the vault of the apse, one can admire the recently-restored altarpiece by an unknown 18ᵗʰ-century Bergamo painter depicting the Coronation of the Virgin.

The elegance of the Madonna’s face and the original flutter of the Father’s cloak, open like a sail, suggest the influence of the Carpinoni school. On the left wall, of particular relevance because it portrays a rare subject, is an 18ᵗʰ-century painting by an unknown author depicting the dying Blessed Alberto da Villa d’Ogna, to whom a dove brings the Eucharist. Represented on the arch of the presbytery is the Miracle of the Donkey, an episode from the life of the Saint.