Bonate Sopra

Bonate Sopra
Comune di Bonate Sopra

Bonate Sopra

Location of Bonate Sopra in Italy

Coordinates: 45°41′N 9°34′E / 45.683°N 9.567°E / 45.683; 9.567Coordinates: 45°41′N 9°34′E / 45.683°N 9.567°E / 45.683; 9.567
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province / Metropolitan city Province of Bergamo (BG)
Frazioni Ghiaie di Bonate Sopra, Cabanetti
  Total 5.9 km2 (2.3 sq mi)
Elevation 320 m (1,050 ft)
Population (Dec. 2004)
  Total 7,042
  Density 1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Bonatesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 24040
Dialing code 035
Website Official website

Bonate Sopra is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Bergamo in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) northeast of Milan and about 8 kilometres (5 mi) west of Bergamo. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 7,042 and an area of 5.9 square kilometres (2.3 sq mi).[1]

The municipality of Bonate Sopra contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Ghiaie di Bonate Sopra and Cabanetti.

Bonate Sopra borders the following municipalities: Bonate Sotto, Chignolo d'Isola, Curno, Mapello, Ponte San Pietro, Presezzo, Terno d'Isola, Treviolo.

Madonna delle Ghiaie

The region is notable for being the site of controversial Marian apparitions in 1944. 7-year-old Adelaide Roncalli, a resident of Torchio, said she had seen the Holy Family on May 13 of that year and on subsequent days. She also said the Blessed Mother appeared alone and gave her brief messages. The news spread rapidly and huge crowds soon flooded the town from all over Europe. The last reported visitation had a reported 200,000 people in attendance. Although Ms. Roncalli was forced to retract her statements, as an adult she claimed she had been coerced and bullied by the priests and maintained that she actually had seen something. The "Madonna of Ghiaie" is now being investigated by the Roman Catholic Church.[2][3]

Demographic evolution


  1. All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. Eric Wolf, Religion, Power, and Protest in Local Communities, p. 250.
  3. Ghiaie di Bonate, a 60-year mystery In the Bergamo Echo, April 23, 2008.

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