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Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso

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Address: Via Santa Caterina, Leggiuno, Italy
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Serene monastery overlooking the lake

Eremo di Santa Caterina del Sasso can be reached through the lake - on a boat or by car. We got to the monastery on our way along the Lago Maggiore lakeside, and it was one of the... read more

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Zuzana M
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Eremo di Santa Caterina del Sasso can be reached through the lake - on a boat or by car. We got to the monastery on our way along the Lago Maggiore lakeside, and it was one of the best side trips. Build on the cliff, it is recommended to read about history of its foundation to better understand and appreciate... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Terrific setting, though the nicest views of the Eremo are probably from the water (I am not even sure that is possible without a private boat; we drove there). Nice frescoes but not very many, this is quite a small place. Overall, adding in the noontime closure, this was a detour of about 3 hours on our way from Cannobio... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Old monastery across the lake from Stresa. Can be reached by boat from early spring to beginning of October, then by car. A long staircase gets you to the church, or a 1€/person elevator for the less athletic.

Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

This is best seen as part of Lake Tour via boat. It is utterly amazing the way this monastery just seems to be an integral part of the cliff itself. It was founded in the 12th century and along with Borromeo Islands are must sees if you visit this area. The site consists of 3 buildings, the southern convent, the... More 

Thank Anthony H
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Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

The architecture and engineering are feats of human and supernatural strength. The views of the lake are stunning, and the Spirit is palpable.

Thank Yvette N
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

Go first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds, this intimate spiritual place is best viewed in relative solitude. A 15 minute ferry ride across Lake Maggiore from Stresa, the Hermitage clings to the side of a cliff, well above the water. There is also access by an elevator down through the rock from a car park above on... More 

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Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

It's perfect, calm and relaxing spot by the lake. It also wasn't crowded with tourists, the view is splendid. The spot has also been made accessible for everyone via elevator, but if you feel brave you may take the stairs!

Thank Daiga T
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

A peaceful and calm monastery anchored into the cliff. It's very small and if you are not very interested in religious tourism this might be a bit boring, or only worth a short stop. However be careful about the ferry schedule as you might have to stay there an hour or more, with little to do.

Thank Yas961
Evansville, Indiana, United States
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Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

We visited Santa Caterina on a very hot day but had a lovely lunch on the property before taking all the steps down to the Church and beautiful Vistas. The church was lovely with stained glass and soothing chorals piped thru. This is free except 1euro to take elevator back up, too hot for hundreds of steps.

Thank Becky J
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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

We came here in the morning and had to wait 3 hours before the ferry came. Upstairs is a nice bar/resto but I would recommend going if you can go back within the hour

Thank Joffrey D

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