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Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso, Leggiuno

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Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso, a 14th-century Roman Catholic monastery and Italian national monument, looks out over Lake Maggiore. The monastery includes a main church and two convents, perched on a rocky cliff. You can take an elevator to the site, or trek down a long staircase. For the full experience, take a boat across the lake. Put Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso and other Leggiuno attractions into our Leggiuno vacation generator, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • The Hermitage is located on a rock overlooking the Lake. From the road, where there are two free car parks, it can be reached going down 200 steps or with a comfortable lift built into the cliffs and costs 1 euro per person per one way. The panorama of the Lake and the mountains is outstanding. I feel fine also the fresco cycles present in the porch and in the Church, although some were not completely conserved until today. Masses are celebrated in the Church. There is also a small gift shop, some original. View the location in good weather you can appreciate the scenery. Also accessible via Lake with boats, docking is 80 steps lower than the Hermitage. In the Hermitage there are explanatory signs in 4lingue, but it might be useful to provide for a guided tour. The signori\e who controlled the charms didn't seem particularly funny: it is clear that it is a place of worship but with tourists you have to have some patience ... very kind instead the Lady in the gift shop (sister?). Not to be missed: a gem on Lake
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  • Charming, beautiful, overlooking the Lake. Worth a visit, among other things, how much free ample parking nearby. Accessible by a staircase overview (200 steps), or, at a cost of only 1 euro, is a convenient elevator, handicap accessible. We can also be reached by boat. If you ever the occasion, don't miss the view at night, the lights from the Lake give even more charisma at the site.
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  • My favorite part of this little chapel is the Gregorian Chant music softly played over speakers from above. Please please please, other tourists, walk slowly, don't talk at all, and keep it a peaceful...  more »
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  • Great place to visit when you need to forget about everything and have some time just for yourself. Isolated religious places have peculiar feeling that you can't find anywhere else.
  • Spiritual, soothing to the soul, sacred and so magical. Go alone!
  • This is a much smaller place than what I would have guessed from a brochure and the internet, but still a very nice half-day trip.
  • Extremely beautiful place. Run by nuns, on the cliffs of the lake maggiore in varese province
  • Beautiful and magical location

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