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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  • August 18, 2017
    You will be enchanted by the charm of this island. Beautiful buildings, houses, peaceful priceless!!
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  • August 18, 2017
    The ride on the island is only of moderate interest. Ultimately it is the crossing of the Lake by boat (or better canoeing) to reach the island which is the friendliest.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A charm of island, lovely ride. Worth the ride, leaving Orta to boat-taxi. The island has a small church, old. A monastery, and a walk (streets of stones) recommended to meditate, enjoy the view of the Lake, reflect-path of silence. There is only 1 restaurant and 1 shop on the island ... which only makes it more special.
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