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San Giulio Island, Orta San Giulio

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The isolated beauty of San Giulio Island made the island an attractive spot for monastic orders to build their sanctuary. The centerpiece, a 12th-century basilica, stands as an icon to the mainland village and is open to the public. Next to the basilica, a 19th-century seminary functions as a Benedictine monastery. Parts of this building are closed to the public. Archaeological findings on the island date back to the fifth century, when a small chapel was erected to honor evangelizer Saint Julius. This notable saint spent his last days on the island, but he wasn't the only known figure associated with it. William of Volpiano, or St. William of Dijon, was born here. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Orta San Giulio holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the San Giulio Island and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The island can be easily reached by public boat service costs 4.90 £/testa return. The rides are very frequent (every 15 minutes). The island is very impressive, with these alleys between buildings in stone and turns easily on foot in approximately 15/20 minutes. There are public toilets (free of charge) and a refreshment bar (to be booked in advance if you want to have lunch), with a nice terrace overlooking the Lake. Fair prices.
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  • What to say beyond what has already been said? I share with many. Tiny island, turns into 10 minutes apart signs with thoughts on the "silence" the Church, 1 restaurant and 1 souvenirs there is nothing to view or open. The silence should be rigorous but ultimately for the many tourists seem to stand in a square. The ferry (at the cost of 4.5 € per person round trip) takes you to the island from Orte San Giulio and can be reached in 5 minutes each way and 4 upon return (leaving every 15 minutes). We say that it is worth not just for curiosity. Not to return to the second time.
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  • You can get there by boat. Then turns around on foot. In 15 minutes she turned around the island. The corners offer good ideas for photographers. The small church is impressive as the underground crypt. On the island there are public restrooms.
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