(© Antonio Di Tomaso)
village of Varzi offers, other than the most famous Romanesque church of the Capuchin
monks, an architectonic pearl, an adventure in the cities historical center: the
"Church of the Red".
There is an area
which the historians want dedicated as the first habitated area of Varzi, lived in after
its construction in 1275, by the Marquisate of Malaspina, whose buildings are clothed in
religious history, with the taste ful and creativity of which this area is still renowned.
The "Church of the Red" was constructed here.
of the Red" was definitely built in 1636. This church is so named because here
gathered the brotherhood of S.S. Trinita, with their characteristic red cloaks, worn by
architectural stand point this represents an original example, and in many ways a
predecessor of the Lombard 700 style. Its floor plan of unique naval style is a common
example in Oltrepò. Of great worth inside, is the wooden statue of the "Guardian
Angel", from 1684, by Antonio Perico of Milan, gilded by Ambrogio Giussano of Pavia.
With its simple beauty it is the main attraction for visitors. Other items of particular
value are the scroll works in walnut in the 400 style beautiful pulpit all ready displayed
at many art exhibits in the church and the furniture from the sacristy, also in walnut.
In short, this
pearl which the people of Varzi cherish had been loved forever.
visitors with little time can not limit themselves to just this remarkable work. You can
not for example, not notice the street plans of the village, well designed throughout.
Built on the model of Roman streets
structure is built around the Via di Dentro road which all of the other roads turn off of
, straight and parallel. This main thoroughfare is aligned with colonnades which creates
more visual interest and is enclosed between the two majestic and antic medieval towers of
the Port of Sottana (also called the tower of the Mangini) and the Port of Soprana ( or of
These are all
excellent reasons why this church can be considered of great importance even outside of
the area around Varzi.
Antonio Di Tomaso