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“A must when in Orta”

Sacro Monte di Orta
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

Although it rained this was the highlight of the trip. The church and chapels was spectacular as was the view.

3  Thank SoloGenova
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Reviewed March 8, 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 a series of 20 beautiful chapels built over two centuries full of papier-mâché figures under riotous rococo and baroque frescoes ceilings all dedicated to the life of St. Francis of Assisi. The tranquil wooded area provides wonderful views over the lake. It's completely free (although donations are welcome!) and you may wander in and out of the chapels at your own pace. Surprisingly there are many informational signs in three languages that were very helpful in explaining the chapels. My husband isn't religious but was enchanted by the area, it's beauty and the amazing frescoed ceilings. There is also a lovely Christmas crush/crib which lights up when you enter the room. When everything else is closed for the Italian long lunch hours this is always open and makes for a wonderful visit. There is parking for those who do not wish to walk up the hill.

6  Thank AnnArborMHT
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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.

2  Thank Tom B
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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.

1  Thank Bigi P
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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.

1  Thank TOOTLE46
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