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San Giulio Island, Orta San Giulio

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#2 of 29 in Nature in Piedmont
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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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  • I though will be more interesting than the little village of Orta lake. Maybe I could not play attention to the details, there were 100s of tourist I didn't find it peaceful as I though will be. The b...  more »
  • The church is the real focus to this island but the rest of the island is pleasant and since you are there for the church you may as well stroll around.  more »
  • This small island in lake Orta is nice if you have time to spare. Otherwise just skip it. There is one church which you can visit. But hey, it's Italy you will see a lot more churches.  more »