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Sacro Monte di Orta

Via Sacro Monte 5, 28016 Orta San Giulio, Italy
+39 0322 911960
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“st francis” (19 reviews)
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Via Sacro Monte 5, 28016 Orta San Giulio, Italy
+39 0322 911960
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Reviewed yesterday

Murals and 'models' depict the story of St Francis of Assisi - very well done. Make sure you start at the right place; we didn't realise the buildings were numbered so that you see the story in its correct order!

Thank Val_G_England_1961
Reviewed 2 days ago

We walked up the steep way. We visited all 20 "chapels". It is a good idea to pick up a guide leaflet from the "Restaurant" area or your lodgings and follow the "Devotional Route" Each chapel contains a tableau of a scene in the life...More

Thank wrak
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite a tiring walk up a largely cobbled hill, But definitely worth the Effort when you get there! Lots of historic mini cathedrals at the top and breathtaking views to boot! Recommend

2  Thank Paul R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a sacred 16th century site and also presents a great view of Lake Orta. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and the buildings and artwork are preserved quite well. We took the 'choo choo' train up the hill and chose to walk...More

1  Thank Terry S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely walk visiting over 20 chapels and hundreds of beautiful frescoes. The views are simply stunning and it's peaceful and not overcrowded.

1  Thank Zoe595
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent an hour or so here wondering around the chapels under the shady trees. Inside each building there are statues depicting sences from the Bible. The kids loved these. Easy to push a buggy around and there is a lovely shady picnic spot.

1  Thank Francesca C
Reviewed 23 July 2017

The shrine is built on a hill from where you get great views over the lake. As a work of art, the chapels are worth to be seen but don’t wait nothing superb. Very interesting is to walk down the hill and to enter the...More

Thank Vitor A
Reviewed 14 July 2017

20 chapels dedicated to St Francis & built from the 16th to the 18th centuries Very historic & UNESCO listed - frescoes are a standout Views a bonus

Thank Darrel J
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Sacro Monte di Orta is definately worth a visit, walking around the Unesco heritage sacred site and looking at the twenty chapels dedicated to episodes of the life of Saint Francis of Assisi is really something.

Thank travellerjanelle
Reviewed 26 June 2017

15 minute walk up steep hill from centre. Car park closer. The views of lake from up here is worth the trek. However it is the 20 chapels to Saint Francis each depicting a chapter of his life set in beautiful gardens that are truly...More

Thank ianatcambridge
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Carolyn H
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Response from 906francesco1954 | Reviewed this property |
Sull'Isola difficilmente si trovano soluzioni per pernottare. Al contrario tutte le localita' che costeggiano il lago hanno ampie possibilita' di pernottamento. I luoghi piu' vicini all'Isola sono Orta San Giulio e Pella... More
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