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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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A worthy UNESCO heritage site.

If you are on foot, it is worth making the effort to walk to this site. If starting from the Piazza in Orta, walk up to the church, pause to look around/have a rest and then... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

If you are on foot, it is worth making the effort to walk to this site. If starting from the Piazza in Orta, walk up to the church, pause to look around/have a rest and then continue the climb to the right of the church (the sign directs you to the cemetery). Another short climb and you arrive at Sacro... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Beautiful park, 20 preserved and restored chapels, with views of lake. A very nice way to pass half a day, walking up from Orta San Giulio, through cemetery, around Sacro Monte decided to life of St. Francis. Lovely.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

It is a small walk to the top, there is parking half way up or a little train that also goes up. But if you are relatively fit and wearing good shoes the walk is ok. The sites are quite nice, it's very peaceful and there is a good view over the lake from the top as well.

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Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The Sacro Monte is located on a hill above Lago d'Orta. There are some parking spaces near the entrance, or if your wanting a strenuous hike, you can do that from the town. I drove up as far as I could, not really knowing where the place was located! Was blown-away by 20 small chapels with life-sized statues depicting the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The walk is strenuous but it is possible to drive and have a short final walk to the chapels. Well worth the effort.

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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I read about this gem in an obscure guidebook and became curious. Life-size religious dioramas overlooking a beautiful lake – I had to see it. Twenty chapels featuring life-sized statues litigated before well-preserved frescoes depicting scenes of St. Francis of Assisi's life were both amazing awe-inpriring art. Begun in the 1590s, building continued for over 100 years. The result is... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The views from here across the lake and San Giulio island are fantastic. The surrounding woodland is pageful and the wooden sculptures inside the small chapels next to the church are extraordinary

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Justifiably this is a UNESCO Heritage Site a short walk (uphill but not strenuous) out of the old town of Orta. Twenty shrines and chapels with life-sized tableaux created in the 1600's representing the life of St Francis. The figures are extraordinary and the setting equally stunning. Quite amazing to view these effigies through the decorated gates. the condition of... More 

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

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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Address: Via Sacro Monte, 5, Orta San Giulio, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0322 911960
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Piedmont  >  Province of Novara  >  Orta San Giulio

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