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Santuario di Oropa, Oropa
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Tucked away in the Alps, Santuario di Oropa is a religious sanctuary where you can also stay overnight. Be sure to check out the smaller basilica, which houses the statue of the Madonna of Oropa. The church is an excellent starting point for hiking, skiing, and rock climbing in the mountains. A range of rooms are available, and there's a restaurant on site. Put Santuario di Oropa at the forefront of your travel plans using our Oropa itinerary builder.
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  • Great shrine in 1159 metres high in about half an hour from Biella, one attributes its foundation to Saint Eusebius, Bishop of Vercelli in 4th century. The entire complex is worth a visit
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  • We were at the shrine several times already. The first impression is of a structure that looks like a huge stairway to heaven. Beautiful entrance with a huge cancelled and behind this has been deleted there are some flowerbeds. Very nice all together which is composed of many rooms that probably in the past were dormitories where they were greeted the pilgrims. Beautiful ancient basilica where is venerated Black Madonna and then up the bleachers that never end until the basilica superior to octagonal structure. The whole complex is very well maintained. We stayed in this place for two days and slept in a very nice room typical of 1700. The shrine is visited by a lot of people that come in all sorts of ways: in the pullman drive pedal bike anything goes to make a pilgrimage to this place. Attention just at the time: since it is 1100 meters high, there is a risk of finding fog and during the winter it is very cold so dress warmly. A must see and not only to those who believe.
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  • Return to Oropa periodically not only is part of the religious tradition of the family but is a way to spend a day of peace and relaxation. The complex is characterized by a unique architecture that makes wonderful visit at any time of the year: in a day of full sun from which to admire the incastronato complex in the Valley dominated by Mount Mucrone, under the blanket of snow that stands out even more its architecture and also on a day of thick fog, like that of Saturday , which allows you to discover the different buildings from as you go for the complex, perhaps warmed by the glow of one of the local restaurants or "bombardino" which you can enjoy in one of the "old" bar, where the atmosphere seems to have stopped in the early ' 900.
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  • What a spectacular place, very relaxing and you can really feel that you can reconnect with your soul. The sites are incredible. I can say they are not corrupt because they don't ask money for entrance fees etc. and WC are free and clean and you can donate a little if you want, you're not force to pay when you need to use the WC. Parkings are free too. Restaurants around are not expensive and they have good food worth the money you pay.
  • Impressive site, both for the beauty of the surroundings and the architectural value. We visited it in a cold winter day when not many people were around and it was a rarefied, subtly spiritual experience.
  • Fantastic site in a remarkable setting, many of the chapels are quite damaged compared to other sites in Northern Italy, but still worth a look. I didn't get a chance to go up into the mountain for any hikes but it seemed a popular place to do so. Bus from the towns train station was reliable and efficient.
  • This is quite a large complex with differing types of accommodation from the basic which has no attached ensuite. It is very basic and clean. There are more expensive accommodation. We were here in autumn which is off season and were really attracted here by the surrounding walks and forests which did not disappoint. Just be aware that only one or two of the several restaurants were open for dinner. The owners were very friendly and agreed to open for dinner for just us and two other couples. Accommodation is not what you would come here for. It is the views, the sanctuary and the surrounding walks which is the real purpose for coming here
  • Colpo d'occhio spettacolare.