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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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  • I was familiar with the sanctuary, the place is beautiful, it's an adventure, winding roads mountains above! I went in the winter and you can see the snow, some things do not work in the winter, as the train. The Cathedral is undergoing reconstruction, it was only possible to see through the door, a pity, but it is very beautiful!
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  • Place in a spectacular position, nearly 1200 m high, just 20 minutes from Biella, visited this being the most important Marian shrine of the Alps which, according to tradition, originated in the 4th century by St. Eusebius, Bishop of Vercelli. The sanctuary includes the original church (sort on basis of an ancient Shrine), the upper Church, the cemetery and the Sacro Monte (since 2003 recognized UNESCO World Heritage site, where there are 12 chapels dedicated to the life of Mary). In the crypt and in the side rooms of the upper Basilica you can visit an extensive exhibition of Nativity scenes from around the world and a series of Dioramas, but overall you can also visit the galleries displaying votive offerings and the Museum of treasures and Royal House of Savoy. Also within the walls of the complex there are several souvenir shops, restaurants and there is also the possibility to stay in rooms in one of 300 available rooms. Truly beautiful and not to be missed! our visit was also made even more fascinating by snow and by the almost total lack of visitors ... so we could enjoy the majestic beauty of the shrine.
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  • stay close to ivrea. from there we moved to the shrine in the morning. The sanctuary is well equipped for both sleep that to eat. We ate there and we had a good time. The way to arrive is not winding. Will stay again
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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.