It's the only church in Bologna with shades on the windows (someone must live upstairs), but despite the charming simplicity outside, St. Mary of the Rain hides a Baroque interior—small though it may be—to match any in town.
The name comes from a 15th-century painting of the Madonna, considered a holy icon since it was found unharmed in the ruins of a burned-down palazzo. Its magic was confirmed in 1561 when it was carried through the streets in procession and credited with ending a drought. Not surprisingly, with a Madonna like this one, gifts to the church have been many. The works of art inside include three paintings by Agostino Carracci.
Via Vivo Reno 122
Open 9-6.30pm, closed Mon
Images by: mibet