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Review of Sacro Monte di Orta

Sacro Monte di Orta
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Tour of Lake Maggiore and Orta san Giulio from Arona
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Peaceful wood”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

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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“Unexpected Treasures”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited July 2013
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Valais
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 ... and they still survive and in reasonably good condition even though they are open to the air during the day. Too bad the wonderful old 19th century souvenir and coffee shop isn't restored to its former glory. The drinks machines are a sad 21st century intrusion. Don't miss the wonderful Christmas crib next to the church. A real Italian tradition. Wonderful trees and foliage and a great viewpoint over the lake and island. All well worth a visit.

Visited October 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Squirrels on St Francis's mountain”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

Staying at Hotel Aracoeli in Orta San Giulio we knew we had to do something to earn those spectacular breakfasts, so made the start of each day a trek up Strada del Sacro Monte to the Holy Mount itself. What an awesome place - 21 chapels, hundreds of frescoes and statues, mostly telling of the life of St Francis, all in an ancient park of beautiful trees. To think that most of this was conceived and built in the 1600s, and that it has been so faithfully maintained right down to today. Painted signposts, showing fingers protruding from a monk's habit point the way, guiding you from chapel to chapel.
Perhaps it's the steep initial climb, but there never seemed to be anyone there ... just you, me, St Francis and the occasional squirrel.
You can retrace your steps, or descend the other side of Sacro Monte and find the lakeside path back around the point to Orta San Giulio, with beautiful views all the way.

Visited September 2013
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Moreton-in-Marsh, United Kingdom
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“Worth the long walk uphill!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

A cluster of 20 little chapels each with different frescoes and statuary. A world heritage / UNESCO site. A perfect place to get away from it all.

Visited August 2013
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