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Sacro Monte di Orta

Orta San Giulio, Italy
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Genova
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Although it rained this was the highlight of the trip. The church and chapels was spectacular as was the view.

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Genoa, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Even our rainy day in Lake Orta couldn't dampen the delightful visit to the Sacro Monte di Orta. Above Orta San Giulio is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sacro Monte di San Francesco, one of the nine “sacred mountains” in northern Italy. It’s an steep but easy meditative walk uphill from Orta San Giulio to the complex which includes... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

I went for a pre-breakfast stroll in late December. Approaching from the village of Orta San Giulio was steep but not too long. There was no one else around and the woods were quiet : hoping to return for a more extensive visit in the not too distant future.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Worth at least a three hour visit. Splendid vista of the lake from on high; fascinating treasures inside many of the chapels. Get a picture of the St. Francis statue as you climb up to the entrance. Take a water bottle if its a hot day.

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Valais
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

What an amazing place. We have visited twice on our way home through Italy as there is a place for 8 campervans to overnight just below it. There is a magical quality to the chapels with their life-size painted figures and frescoes. It is just amazing to think that all of them were made between the 16th and 18th centuries... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Staying at Hotel Aracoeli in Orta San Giulio we knew we had to do something to earn those spectacular breakfasts, so made the start of each day a trek up Strada del Sacro Monte to the Holy Mount itself. What an awesome place - 21 chapels, hundreds of frescoes and statues, mostly telling of the life of St Francis, all... More

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Moreton-in-Marsh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

A cluster of 20 little chapels each with different frescoes and statuary. A world heritage / UNESCO site. A perfect place to get away from it all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

It is a stunning display of religious icons. Was a nice walk from town and hotel. Will visit again on our next trip to northern italy. Much better than staying in Milan

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West Yorkshire
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161 reviews 161 reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

If you have the energy to get up the mountain try to do it in the morning when the heat is less fierce. Well worth the climb though with wonderful views and the interesting chapels depicting the life of St Francis, we didnt allow enough time to see everything but I did enjoy what I saw.

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La Chartre-sur-le-Loir, France
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51 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We didn't really know what to expect of this hilltop sanctuary. So everything was a nice surprise; from the 20 individual chapels, each depicting a scene in the life of Saint Francis of Assisi (with frescoes and life-life statues), to the intimate church, to the stunning view out over the lake to the island. A couple of hours wandering around... More

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