If you're staying in the Porta Nuova area, this famous basilica is a 25-30 minutes' walk away. Don't let this deter you, it's a must (and lots to look at during the walk!).
The first church was built here as early as the 11th century, dedicated to Sant'Andrea (St Andrew). Now only some fragments remain. The church was transformed to its present state between the late 17th and early 18th century. At the very beginning of the 20th century it was further enriched with polychrome marble and stucco decorations.
This is baroque in all its richness - some might say it's over the top and that the splendour overwhelms you. When we visited, an orchestra was playing Bach, and sitting there listening also gave us time to take in the details of the magnificent altar and the cupola frescoes. But to me, perhaps the most interesting part was "the gallery of the Paintings" with hundreds of naive votive pictures which bear witness to the faith in the comforting powers of la Madonna della Consolata.
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