Santa Maria in Vado

Of ancient origins, the church was built near a ford (vado in Italian) that crossed one of the many canals that intersected the area. Its religious importance is tied to the miracle of the Eucharist that occurred on Easter Day 1171; at the moment of consecration blood spouted from the host staining the apsidal vault above the altar. It immediately became a site for pilgrimage and by order of Duke Ercole I d'Este was enlarged from 1495 onwards with important interventions by the architect Biagio Rossetti. In the interior of the church, worthy of note is the Madonna of Constantinople and paintings by Carlo Bononi (1569-1632) and Camillo Filippi (XVI century).