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Sacro Monte di Orta

Address: Via Sacro Monte, 5, Orta San Giulio, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0322 911960
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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London
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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31 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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61 reviews 61 reviews
3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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Melbourne, Australia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We walked to this wonderful place today and spent about two hours there. There are 20 different chapels all depicting the life of St Francis and even if you are not Catholic this wonderful place offers a situation where you can ponder and reflect on life. The gardens are wonderful and the view is amazing. This is well worth the... More 

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Genova
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39 helpful votes 39 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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225 attraction reviews
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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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