Sacro Monte di Orta, Orta San Giulio

#1 of 89 in Historic Sites in Province of Novara
Religious Site · Historic Site
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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  • I visited in mid February in the morning. A stunning view from the mountain top and all the chapels providing wonderful information about the life of St Francis with charming, life size wooden...  more »
  • I didn't even know this was here, but noticed a book about it in the hotel lobby. Once I saw the pictures, I knew this was something I had to visit, and it was absolutely amazing. Such a plethora...  more »
  • We really enjoyed our time here. Wandering in the pleasant woodland from chapel to chapel. There are 20 chapels and it's good to visit in order to follow the story of St Francis. The chapels are a bit gloomy to the eye, but my camera picked out better details.
  • It's a spot to stop by while hiking/cycling in the area. Cool views and some interesting history surrounding the place. If you have time and you're in the area I still think you should visit here. A day trip including this and the town down by the lake is easily possible. I think you could even squeeze in a ferry to the island.

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