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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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  • Can be reached by a boat. Suitable for school trips. In no time you can go around the island.
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  • If you go to Orta San Giulio you must go to isola d'orta. We had the pleasure to be there at San Giulio's day, a city holiday. So we went to the church, walked around the island. A real beautiful plac...  more »
  • Disappointing ... the island turns into 15 minutes and aside from walking along all its perimeter there is nothing exciting (even the landscape)
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