Orta San Giulio (Lake Orta): what to see in the village

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What to see in Orta San Giulio, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest in the romantic village located on a peninsula of Lake Orta in the province of Novara.


Tourist information

Piazza Motta, the hub of city life, overlooks the lake embellished in the center by the picturesque island of San Giulio, reachable from the shore by boats.

The square is surrounded on three sides by buildings with large porches, such as the Palazzo della Comunità, built in 1582, with the ground floor completely open with arcades.


At the top of the climb stands the parish church of S. Maria Assunta, from 1485, and behind the village a suggestive wooded hill, called the Sacro Monte, houses a religious complex consisting of twenty chapels dedicated to San Francesco, built between 1591 and the second half of the 1700s.

What see

The island of San Giulio houses the Basilica of San Giulio, of very ancient origin rebuilt in the eleventh and twelfth centuries with frescoes from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and the Mater Ecclesiae Abbey, which currently houses a cloistered convent of Benedictine nuns.

The building used as a seminar in the past was built in 1844 on the ruins of the castle.

The pleasant landscape offers very suggestive views.

Lake Orta guided tour (August 2020)


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