Sacro Monte di Orta, Orta San Giulio

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#1 of 14 in Historic Sites in Province of Novara
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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  • We climbed the sacred mountain by train. Only 300 meters but if one has to go back down to the foot, and then the entire route that, apart from the descent leading to the Centre of Orta San Giulio, also brings along the Lake bordering the country, it's not a bad idea. From sacred mountain, even for those who do not follow the religious path as we did, you can enjoy a breathtaking view with the isola San Giulio in the middle of the Lake, where master the vast monastery bordered by way of silence. You can admire from afar the House where they filmed the movie "correspondence". It's worth the climb on the sacred mountain just to breathe the nature in silence. Tip: proper footwear at climbs and descents, and onion dressing because the shade can be cold and the sun hot.
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  • Less impressive as Varallo which is worth the trip, the Sacra Monte di Orla worth a visit especially if you get out of the atmosphere, superheated world and temperature of Orta. The chapels 20 life-size statuary is monochrome representing the life of the saint, sometimes split oddly in several characters. In an area of tranquility, through the greenery and freshness, the view is beautiful on the Lake, including the island of St. Julio.
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  • From the village of Orta San Giulio is accessed via some roads, if you were like in our case in piazza Motta will climb through a short but steep staircase that will save you a few hundred meters. Arrived on the sacred mount you can admire constructions and sculptures of yesteryear. View of the Lake and the island of San Giulio breathtaking.
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