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Santuario della Madonna del Sasso

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Address: via Giuseppe Frua, 28894 Madonna del Sasso, Italy

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The vista is spectacular, the church is phenomenal, the adventure is worthy. Visible from Orta San Giulio it stands high on granite cliffs overlooking Lago Orta. Its a challenge... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 October 2016
Scott R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

The vista is spectacular, the church is phenomenal, the adventure is worthy. Visible from Orta San Giulio it stands high on granite cliffs overlooking Lago Orta. Its a challenge to get to unless you have Waze or Google Maps but worth the effort. Picnic, sightseeing, quiet time, photography, cathedral beauty - its got all of it

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Amazing church on top of the rocks in Pella, with a gorgeous 180 degrees view over Orta Lake. Inside the church, beautiful paintings from 13th and 14th centuries - be mindful the inside is not always open. Entrance is free but it's recommended to leave a tip for church' maintenance cost. Easily accessible and parking available.

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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Fabulous location, high high above Lago d'Orta. Incredibly peaceful and calming, and extraordinary vista over the lake. Stunning

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Well worth the drive especially if you enjoy hairpin corners. The drive would be pretty intimidating if you managed to meet traffic at the wrong spot but road certainly didn't seem busy despite being July school holidays. The views are amazing. Playground out back of the church for the children. Would be Great spot for a picnic and was pretty... More 

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Leysin, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

We traveled there by bicycle from Miasino, and getting up there was a good climb. Don't try it unless you fairly fit, because it is about 8km with some grades of 11 or 12 percent. Once there the view is spectacular, but the drop is vertiginous, and some visitors could not rest on the wall. There are shaded picnic spots... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2015

We had been intrigued by this church when we had stayed down on Lake Orta. So when we stayed at the nearby Hotel Panoramico we just had to walk the five minutes along the road to investigate. It is very beautifully decorated inside, and you are allowed, unusually, to take photos. Outside, it has a large terrace from where you... More 

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

We saw this from our hotel room at night lit up and decided to try to find it by car. What a good decision to make as the views from here were stunning. At times the trip to the top of the mountain was hairy! Steep, through tiny streets and hairpin bends but my husband loved it !! We were... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

From Orta at night we saw the flood lights hitting the façade of this church. It's way up the hill. On our drive as a lark we decided to visit. If you have GPS it is easier but still confusing. The road is very windy with many switchback but little traffic. Do NOT drive fast as walkers, farm equipment and... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015

One couldn't have picked a better spot to build a sanctuary than on top a rocky outcrop overlooking the Lago d'Orta! Inside the wealth of details - including the ceiling over the main alter where the artist used "trompe oeil" technics to mimic a dome is mind-boggling. Never mind the view from the porch of the church overlooking as it... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2014

We stayed at the nearby Hotel Panoramic which was excellent and has a similar view. The road up is not for the faint hearted. You might prefer to cable car up and walk down.

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