Discover the over 500 churches in Valtellina, as much a part of the landscape as the vineyards, rivers and mountains. Why not put together an itinerary that takes in these jewels of art in the valley? Start with the Renaissance Basilica of Our Lady of Tirano, built on the spot where the Blessed Virgin appeared to Mario Omodei from Tirano in the year 1504. Afterwards, move on to Chiavenna and the collegiate of San Lorenzo, with its soapstone baptismal font featuring half-relief sculpted figures and bearing the date 1156. Then in Morbegno there is the Renaissance Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Assumption. Do not forget the small temple of San Fedelino on Mezzola lake, built in around the tenth century, the Sanctuary of the Holy House of Loreto in Tresivio and the ruins of the Abbey of San Pietro in Vallate in Cosio Valtellino, while near Sondrio there is the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Sassella, which stands on a rocky outcrop among the terraced vineyards where they make the wine of the same name, Valtellina Superiore DOCG.