We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Sacro Monte” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sacro Monte di Orta

Sacro Monte di Orta
Via Sacro Monte, 5, Orta San Giulio, Italy
+39 0322 911960
Improve this listing
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Attraction details
Chesterfield.
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Sacro Monte”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

An interesting place well worth a visit. Unless you are a fitness freak I would advise a visit by car or the little train service which may take you to the venue. If it just takes you one way don't worry the return trip is easier, after all gravity helps!!!

Visited September 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

229 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    121
    87
    19
    2
    0
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
156 reviews 156 reviews
119 attraction reviews
Reviews in 70 cities Reviews in 70 cities
235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
“wonderful views and fascinating chapels”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We visited Orta as part of an excellent tour with Maggiore Discovery, and this was one of the highlights! Even if you're not religious, the climb up from the south of the piazza, (pass the church on the lake side for the best views) is stunning. The further up you go, the better the views! You have to have a photo-stop at the balcony and at the top of the cappella (the 3-tiered round chapel at the top). It was beautifully peaceful under the trees and with fantastic views of the lake - well worth the effort!
The 20 chapels offer tableaux of the life of St Francis of Assisi from birth to canonisation, through lifesize painted wooden figures and frescoes. Follow the numbers for most impact. Info in each chapel in English as well as Italian (free maps are available from the information "chapel" just under the archway of St Francis.) There is a little "train" which takes you up to the road from the village if you can't manage the hills. Enjoy!

Visited September 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Leuven, Belgium
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“definitely worth a climb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

You will be amazed with the magnificent view and historical heritage, you can reach via 3 ways from the city.

Visited August 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Belllevue, NE
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Very interesting day trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

We drove from Baveno to Orta (35 minutes) where we went to Sacro Monte. It is an interesting church estate with numerous chapels containing large figurines. The carved, painted figurines are depicted in various religious passages. The estate itself overlooks the lake. Very scenic/

Visited February 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Claremont, Ca
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
43 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Amazing. Must see.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

Sacro Monte is a "must see" site in Orta San Giulio. Follow the order of the chapels for the most impact. We are not religious, but the chapels with the painted wooden statutes and frescoes are fascinating from historical and artistic perspectives. Views of the lake are wonderful, also.

Visited April 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Sacro Monte di Orta also viewed

Orta San Giulio, Province of Novara
Orta San Giulio, Province of Novara
 
Orta San Giulio, Province of Novara
Orta San Giulio, Province of Novara
 

Been to Sacro Monte di Orta? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Sacro Monte di Orta, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.