Between 1136 and 1190 documents prove the existence of the church, San Vitale. The earthquake in mid 1900 forced temporary closure of the church. In the early 2000 reconstruction allowed it to be reopened.
The façade was decorated by the sculptor Felice Pascetti and has six statues attributed to Pietro Sbravati depicting Saints Vital and Valeria above, with Valeria’s bride and children under the external sides, as well as other Saints.
An urn under the main altar holds the relics of St Vital’s body, brought in 1648 from Rome by Gherardo III of Sissa.
There are a total of 10 navies in this church. It is truly amazing, especially this side alter (picture below) with all of the sculptures. Your eyes just don’t know where to look first. It took my breath away.
It just amazes me that once upon a time, I told Gary I didn’t want to stop at every church. This was our first trip in 2010 that I said that. Now… each church is so amazing on its own. The art, the sculptures, the many different navies; it is mind blowing. Really.