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Sacro Monte di Orta

Via Sacro Monte, 5, Orta San Giulio, Italy
+39 0322 911960
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Norfolk, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
22 helpful votes 22 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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20 helpful votes 20 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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36 helpful votes 36 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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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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23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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