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Sacro Monte

| Località Sacro Monte, 13019 Varallo, Italy
+39 0163 51131
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We got the cable car to the top, not actually knowing what was up there? But it turned out to be... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2017
David D
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Rome, Italy
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Incredible

I'm not in any way religious but I was fascinated by this chapel displays of biblical scenes. It's... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2016
Alastair H
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Penicuik, United Kingdom
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The Sacro Monte was built on the initiative of Blessed Bernardino Caimi, who, returning from the Holy Land (the late 1400s), wanted to recreate in small places of Palestine. At seventy years later the project was also interested S. Carlo Borromeo, which gave new impetus to the work and called it "New Jerusalem". The complex of buildings, some fifty was built over a few centuries. Each chapel is, with frescoes (4,000 figures) and groups of statues (400), scenes from the life of Jesus and Mary. Among the most important artists who worked in Varallo's Gaudenzio Ferrari, who worked with the founder to start the Monte S.: His is the great chapel of the Crucifixion. The Holy Mount of Varallo, the beauty of the place, for his testimony of faith and art, is a unique monument of its kind.
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29 Dec 2017
“MUST DO”
10 Nov 2016
“Incredible”
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| Località Sacro Monte, 13019 Varallo, Italy
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

We got the cable car to the top, not actually knowing what was up there? But it turned out to be the best thing we did. The history and sites are fantastic. You can spend a couple of hours exploring and seeing all the 3D...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2016

I'm not in any way religious but I was fascinated by this chapel displays of biblical scenes. It's a bit of walk through all the chapels but worth it. Cable car/funicular (can't remember which) gets you easily to Sacro Monte itself. The rest of Varallo...More

Thank Alastair H
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Reviewed 4 July 2016

The cable car makes the Sacro Monte easily accessible. We didn't get a guide, and just wondered around the chapels, delighted at the way the models made the bible stories human scale. And also very local! - the last supper featured lots of cheeses, local...More

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Reviewed 16 December 2015

The Sacro Monte is accessible by trail or cable car and the hike to the Tre Croce (3 crosses) is well worth the effort.

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Reviewed 30 September 2015

Set atop a mountain in a parklike setting, the beautiful and restored dioramas depicting the Gospel episodes and birth, life and death and resurrection of Christ housed in some 45 "chapels" on this Sacred Mountain are amazing and moving at the same time. I was...More

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Reviewed 28 September 2015

The views from this religious theme park are spectacular. Reached by cable car, road or a footpath pilgrimage lined by chapels the citadel is well laid out and signposted. (guides are available, and probably add considerably to the experience) The chapel tableaux of (mostly) new...More

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Reviewed 30 July 2015 via mobile

In my family that's very few traditions and one of those traditions is for sure going to visit Sacro Monte every year, usually during August, when everyone is here. Sacro Monte is a very peculiar place and, even though I'm not a religious person, I...More

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Reviewed 31 January 2015

Varallo is a stunning Christian pilgrimage site built in the 1500s. But way beyond its value as a religious destination it is a fabulous view into life in the 1500s. There are 45 chapels filled with colorful, life-size terra cotta figures depicting the life of...More

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

First time I saw a place like this. The walk along the amazing chapels, the courtyard, the view on the town below, the quietness, lush nature ... All very worth the visit and interesting if you are with friends/ kids who have all different interests....More

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Reviewed 19 July 2014

This time I am drawing the report in English. Sinply because this place is Worth a trip from Ok it is UNESCO Heritage but too few people know it. Almost mowhere in the world you can find 45 chapels, each one literally filled with Amazing...More

1  Thank Giovanni M
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