“Dispensation came, absolution came, that blessed day came: the two betrothed went, with triumphant confidence, to that very church where, by the words of Don Abbondio, they were married” Chapter XXXVIII 

A couple of yards from what is thought to be Lucia’s house in the Olate district, the church dedicated to Saints Vitalis and Valeria can be visited: rebuilt in 1767, it also underwent works in 1934. Only the bell tower of that period remains today. 

This is the place that scholars recognise as the church of Don Abbondio in The Betrothed: Renzo and Lucia used to attend this parish church and it was here that Don Abbondio finally married them in the thirty-eighth chapter of the novel. 

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