Santuario di Oropa

Santuario di Oropa

Santuario di Oropa
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Francesca R
Varese, Italy480 contributions
We visited it on a day off. A breathtaking place for anyone, spiritual and religious or not. An imposing building in a peaceful setting where you can let yourself get lost in space and time.
After visiting the Sanctuary we took some time to visit also the "Sacro Monte" and the fascinating Cimitero Monumentale (monumental cemetery) beside it.
Written August 3, 2021
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KestasKS
Vilnius, Lithuania2,694 contributions
Friends
Large place up on the hills from Biella. Started as a pilgrimage place, later turned into large cloister and the church. It had over 3000 rooms at some point. UNESCO site.
Written September 19, 2021
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la_zia_ross
Belgium155 contributions
Friends
Old sanctuary build on 3 consecutive enclosed areas/terraces, with the old church in the middle. Not all well kept, you can find rooms to rent with nice views, a small museum, the old and the new church (with painting from the XIV century) and the Black Madonna as the main attraction for the pilgrims.
There are plenty of activities to do, besides the religious side of the sanctuary: many hikes in the forest and in the mountain (up to 2300m), rock climing, a botanic garden, an adventure park and free ski slopes for the winter months.
The food in the area is good and fairly cheap.
Written October 1, 2019
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Alberto L
Vigliano Biellese, Italy48 contributions
Family
Going to Oropa is always a pleasure, for the relax and the landscapes.
You can visit the church and the chapel, the library and the long aisles with all the "ex voto" representing a piece of history of the lands and the traditions of the people. But you can also start walking around and going in the “passeggiata dei preti” (priest’ walk) or in the Tracciolino, a panoramic road connecting Oropa with Graglia and Andrate. You can climb the mountain Mucrone (2335 mt) , or having a rest in the Mucrone Lake (1900 mt) going up with the cableway or walking via the Busancano walk.
If you’re a biker, it’s always a good challenge going to Oropa by the street (1100 mt) starting from the 350 mt of Biella (remember, the record is 27 min, done during one race of the past Giro d’Italia) or going with a MTB: one classic is passing throw the Burcina Park (700 mt) and then taking the old railway, used since the 50’ by our grandparents.
So, finally, there are a lot of thing to do…but be careful, because the weather can change rapidly and Oropa is well known for its clouds and rains…
Written July 20, 2016
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HPS-TX
Dallas, TX79 contributions
Friends
Visited in March and had good weather so it was truly worthwhile. Had lunch at a restaurant near the top, walked around (lots and lots of steps), amazing views and visited the church where there is a Black Madonna. Because it was off season, it was quite pleasant and not at all crowded but I can see that it has the potential to be a tourist hotspot in the summer.
Written April 29, 2018
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philip c
New York City, NY104 contributions
Family
It's really a beautiful place. As you walk up the mountain the buildings are set on different levels. Each level has done thing wonderful to see. It gets very cold due to the altitude so bring a jacket with you at any time of the year.
Written September 2, 2016
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italseeds
Greater London, UK5 contributions
If you love architecture, good food and nature, you'll be in your element. Really peaceful, you can visit the churches where the Madonna is said to have appeared, eat lunch of dinner of alpine Italian food, and you can take a cable car to the top where there is a stunning lake called Mucrone. Ideal place to take children. Wear hiking boots if going outside of the churches and restaurants. highly recommend.
Written September 15, 2019
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Kathleen M
Fribourg, Switzerland297 contributions
Couples
We stayed here for just one night. The drive up the hill was a bit of a challenge (lots of hairpin bends) but then one is rewarded by the most splendid view of the monastery complex and its churches on top of the hill. The botanic garden was a delight to explore and had very good information panels, some also in English. Since we arrived on a Sunday afternoon there were very many pilgrims wandering around the many cafes and shops and evening Mass at 18.15 in the lower church (the upper one was being renovated) was packed with worshippers. Once the last of the day visitors had left we still had ample time to wander the virtually deserted collonades and then to enjoy a good dinner in the Croix Blanche restaurant. Our bedroom was located immediately above the Reception and had a great view down the hill and over the plain below. There was nothing spartan about the room itself or the en suite bathroom. Both were most comfortable and very clean.
The sun poured down on the café where we enjoyed our breakfast under the arcades the next morning and we left with reluctance - determined to return.
Written June 22, 2019
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francesperkins
Portland, ME48 contributions
Friends
Worth the effort to visit. Sanctuary sits at the top of a hill, at the culmination of many, many steps. Particularly impressive in the fog.
Written October 8, 2014
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Martha0478
-25 contributions
Couples
Huge, beautiful sanctuary. Lots of very pleasant short and long walks in the surrounding mountains. Highly recommended!
Written August 11, 2012
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