Sacro Monte di Orta, Orta San Giulio

Sitting on a hill facing Lake Orta, Sacro Monte di Orta is a Roman Catholic religious structure with chapels dating from the 16th century. Many of the sites tell the story of St. Francis, and you will find handfuls of paintings and statues. Experience all of this while walking through an ancient, peaceful park surrounded by trees. Signs point the way from chapel to chapel, so it’s easy to navigate, but the hill is a steep hike. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Sacro Monte di Orta by using our Orta San Giulio sightseeing planner.
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  • In the afternoon we went by train to the Sacred Mount for a guided tour. The sacred mountain is located about 400 meters of altitude in a magnificent position overlooking the village of Orta San Giulio and the Lake of the same name. Inside were built twenty chapels frescoed by Morazzone, illustrating the story of Saint Francis. Built in the late 16th century for spiritual and educational purposes, offering life-size frescoes and statues that tell the story of the Saint of Assisi. The path between the chapels unfolds in a natural reserve between Holly and beech trees and represents, along with the other Sacri Monti, the successful integration of architecture and fine arts in a landscape of great beauty. Finally, I would like to point out that from the balcony in front of the church you can enjoy fabulous views and especially the island of San Giulio.
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  • The Sacro Monte is "raised" about the town of Orta and gives a wonderful view on the Lake, the island and the surrounding area. UNESCO World Heritage site with over 18 old chapels
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  • Hill overlooking the Lake giving a "belvedere" on the island of San Giulio. The typical winter day, gray and very unida didn't stop me and I was, however, given a leisurely stroll among the various chapels dedicated to St. Francis. From stress, positively, beyond clama and relaxing atmosphere, the cleanliness of the place and, negatively, the poor maintenance of several chapels where you can see the rudeness and incivility of the usual ital-idiots who imbrattono and engrave your signature /dedica on the walls and doors of churches. Presence of some abandoned structures and Franciscan church with lighting surcharge (4 minutes of light-1 euro).
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  • One of the most beautiful places in the world! Mystical and enchanted... a historical and cultural treasure!
  • An early spring view of Orta S.Giulio dal Sacro Monte
  • Great ... a sacred mountain other than the ones I've visited. Remains focused on a mount even a park where the pilgrims and tourists can access them from around the country. Otherwise it can be reached from behind Villa Crespi. A place so charming and distinctive and is suitable for everyone. You can visit in a few hours and the place is dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi
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  • The construction of the Sacro Monte of Orta was deliberate by the community on 2 February 1583 but work began only in 1590 for financial problems. The area was previously occupied by a "forest", the ruins of an ancient castrum and the Church of san Nicolao was also rebuilt in those years became the culmination of devotional path composed of 20 chapels that narrates the life of Saint Francis. Admirable inclusion of constructions in various styles (predominant the Baroque) in the park with the seal of the panoramic view of the Lake. Unfortunately the chapels (376 900 rich frescoes and statues) denote great difficulty in maintenance and-especially in the winter months-they appear dark and little appreciable. Since 2003 a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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  • Beautiful panorama. Via Crucis in chapels located deep in the woods with statues to Royal Highness.
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