In the heart of Val d'Astino
There is an air of peace and tranquillity in Val d'Astino. This valley on the outskirts of Bergamo, stretching between the Allegrezza forest and the Benaglia hill, is a green oasis where the echoes of history, particularly spiritual history, resound amidst the lush nature of the Bergamo area. In fact, this is where the Vallombrosian monks found the ideal place for their abbey at the beginning of the 12th century, today the former Monastery of Astino, with the adjoining Church of Santo Sepolcro.
Its peculiar structure in the form of a crux commissa, that is, a single nave ending in the transept, houses three altars. Enlarged and renovated over the centuries, in particular in the 16th century with the addition of the Capella del Santo Sepolcro with the statuary group of the Lamentation over Dead Christ, the church had a second life under Napoleon, when it was turned into an asylum and then a farm.
Passed into private hands in the early 20th century, the Church of Santo Sepolcro has been fully restored, bringing its former beauty to light.