The Church of Santa Maria della Pioggia is located between Via Galliera and Via Riva di Reno. It was originally known as Chiesa di San Bartolomeo di Reno because during the Middle Ages the Reno canal flew next to it. The church was then named after Santa Maria della Pioggia, whose painting, still preserved inside the church, portays “Madonna col Bambino circondati da sette teste d'angeli” (The Virgin Mary with the Infant Jesus surrounded by seven heads of angels) and it is ascribed to the 15th century painter Michele di Matteo. The painting is considered to be miraculous for several reasons: it was found intact under the ruins of a palace destroyed by a fire; it is supposed to have healed a blind man who had gone to homage the Saint after the recovery of the painting, and to have helped Bologna in overcoming a difficult drought during the 16th century.
Inside the building the church features one nave with three lateral chapels at each side, covered by a frescoed vault. Most of the works of art were given to the church throughout the centuries to enrich the building and to homage the Saint. Among them: Circoncisione e Adorazione dei Pastori by Agostino Carracci e Madonna in trono con Bambino fra le sante Caterina e Lucia by Lorenzo Sabbatini. On the first floor of the building there is the area that once hosted part of the orphanage and the oratory belonging to the fellowship of San Bartolomeo. Here, visitors may see the 18th century staircase, the painting Paesaggio con San Bartolomeo by Ludovico Mattioli, 16th century paintings and a peculiar clay sculpture representing San Bartolomeo by Alfonso Lombardi.
Source: Curia Arcivescovile and Le Chiese di Bologna (L'Inchiostroblu)
Tuesday - Saturday 9,15am- 12pm and 3pm - 6pm; Sunday and holidays 10am - 12pm . Closing day: Monday. During the religious services, the tourist visit could be limited or suspended. Opening times can be subjected to little changes. For further information please call: Curia Arcivescovile tel. +39 051 6480611 - http://www.bologna.chiesacattolica.it