Sacro Monte di Orta

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Sacro Monte di Orta
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
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intrepid100Scotland
scotland83 contributions
Peaceful out of season
Feb 2020
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 sculptures. There was a parking place 100 metres from the church where you can park for free for 2 hours. But in tourist season, I hear from friends the place is a nightmare and your only option is to walk up the hill.
Written 24 February 2020
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fanoffrance
Loeten, Norway548 contributions
Blew me away!
Oct 2019
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 of mind-bogglingly expressive life-size statues! Be sure to allow at least two hours. The closest thing I've seen to this is the Salzillo museum in Murcia, but the Sacro Monte is larger, more varied, and generally more cheerful.
Written 13 December 2019
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David M
Yellow Springs, OH33 contributions
Worth the hike!
Jun 2019
It's a bit of a hike up hill from the very lovely town of Orta San Guilia on a glorious lake, Lago d'Orta. This is like a pilgrimage to Saint Francis. There are 15-20 small chapels, each with life-size reproductions of events in the Saint's life. The human figures are remarkeably realistic and life like. It's a very quiet and serene environment and well worth a visit in this most lovely spot in the Lake District of Northern Italy
Written 5 November 2019
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Anthony L
Aiken, SC457 contributions
Amazing Story
Oct 2019
The story behind this sacred mountain and the 20 chapels on it are a true testament of someone keeping their word when faced with grave circumstances. Well worth the visit if you don't mind walking and really getting into the stories of the chapels. Spectacular views from here.
Written 5 November 2019
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Gary G
Santa Barbara, CA873 contributions
St Francis of Assisi was a big deal
Sep 2019
We walked up from the Tourist Info Center to the many chapels with story-telling statuary of the life of St Francis of Assisi. Then a steeper but shorter downhill walk to the lake. Donations accepted but nothing required.
Written 1 November 2019
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seeitall09
Raleigh, NC10 contributions
Gorgeous Walk, Panoramic Views
Oct 2019
This was an incredible afternoon of walking in a gorgeous park. The 20 chapels are wonderful and I enjoyed reading about the local artisans who provided the murals, artwork, and ironwork. The panoramic view over the lake at the top was the cherry on top.
Written 14 October 2019
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David H
West Sussex, UK59 contributions
Stiff climb but worth it
Sep 2019
This is approached by a stiff climb up from the town on a path that starts close to the multi-storey car park. Definitely for the young and fit.
Really nice walk around the top of the hill through woodland with glorious views. There are some 20 chapels, mainly 17th Century, and dedicated to St Francis with frescoes and statues which is fine if you are into that but nothing remarkably interesting architecturally.
Written 30 September 2019
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Michael C
296 contributions
Interesting, unusual with very good views.
Sep 2019
Sacra Monte is a curious collection of chapels and temples devoted to the life of St Francis set in a woodland park overlooking Lake Orta.. The climb up from the town is quite steep but gives good views across the lake. The chapels are an odd collection in various architectural styles. Some are quite dark but others are light with life size terracotta scenes. There is some stunning ceiling art.

The view over the lake from outside church is lovely.
Written 28 September 2019
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Cornelis1942
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa31 contributions
Visit the curious chapels, devoted to the life of Saint Franciscus.
Sep 2019
Sacro monte is world heritage. The more than 20 chapels with beautiful statues are based on the life of Saint Franciscus.Established in the middle of the 17 th century.
Each chapel has another episode out of the life of Saint Franciscus. Information in English and Italian. On the top is a small facility to buy a drink.
Parking facilities are on walking distance:parking sacro monte. For the more sportive walkers park on the big parking facilities near the beach of sacro monte and stroll upwards , max 15 minutes
Written 24 September 2019
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vmilman
Cambridge, UK439 contributions
Good way to spend a few hours
Aug 2019 • Couples
Rather unusual collection of chapels with statues and frescoes, perched on a hill above Orta town. Take the trip easy, enjoy the views, learn about Franciscan history.
Written 10 September 2019
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