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Sacro Monte di Orta

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Address: Via Sacro Monte, 5, Orta San Giulio, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0322 911960

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peaceful world heritage site

You can walk up from the town square - take road up to "yellow churc" and then follow path up its RHS - or from car park on edge of town you are almost there anyway. Series of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

You can walk up from the town square - take road up to "yellow churc" and then follow path up its RHS - or from car park on edge of town you are almost there anyway. Series of 18(?) chapels built around 1600 with frescoes and painted statues with a variety of styles, all related to the life of St... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Small island that is really worth visiting. Marvellous church on it with remaining objects from Vth century. The boat transfer runs very frequently.

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

After many visits to Orta we decided to walk to Sacro Monte which is a climb to remember but when you finally reach the peak you are rewarded by marvellous tranquility and the chapels in beautiful settings. Worthwhile!

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

A great way to spend a few hours walking round this heritage site. I haven't seen anything like it, a park containing many independent small chapels filled with sculpture and fresco. The climb up is a challenge but worth it for the view.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I have never, ever, seen anything like this. I had been told that there were chapels containing statues depicting scenes from the life of St Francis of Assisi on the hill of Sacro Monte, but was amazed to find twenty such chapels. Some of these were built in the 13th Century and the figures have to be seen to be... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

take a long walk around the site and have a closer look inside the numerous religious buildings and chaples. do not forget to take a picture of the lake and its beautiful island in the middle

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Unlike other sacred mounts, Sacro Monte di Orta is dedicated to the life of St. Francis of Assisi. It was begun in the 1500s by a wealthy abbot who undertook the expense of building the first chapel on his own. Other wealthy patrons followed and there are now about 20, all in varying states of restoration. Inside the chapels, the... More 

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La Motte Servolex, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We paid a short visit to Orta with its quaint little streets and view on the lake. Then we walked up to the Sacred Mountain. It was a very pleasant surprise: a park with 23 little chapels and a church depicting the life of San Francesco. The site is unique and a UNESCO world heritage site. The walk up is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Myself and my wife (in our mid 40s) both felt like we had just climbed the north face of the Eiger once we finally reached the top. We are fit and active generally but this was tough. Be mindful it's a very steep climb to get to but worth the sweat tears and near divorce. The view from the top... More 

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Irvine, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The hike up is the high part. For those for whom this is a matter of faith - do go, I am sure you will find what you were looking for. For those looking for great art - it isn't here. I am not sure why it has the UNESCO designation other than it is considered a sacred spot -... More 

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