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A unique Roman Catholic Basilica on the small Isola San Giulio

Tradition says that this was the hundredth and last church founded by Julius of Nicaragua and his... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Steve S
Palm Springs, California, United States

This is a small church, but WOW! So much in a little area. You need to take a boat ride out there... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
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Isola di San Giulio, Orta San Giulio, Italy
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All reviews beautiful church small gem boat ride ten minutes small church small island well worth a visit julius pulpit frescoes saint meditation art sculpted century silence lake
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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

I don't understand the gushing reviews. There's one street with the convent walls on one side and houses on the other. Boring walk, despite the signs about silence and meditation. The church is nothing special other than the pulpit. The crypt is just another saint...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Tradition says that this was the hundredth and last church founded by Julius of Nicaragua and his brother Giuliano and that in 390 the saint reached the island and killed the dragons that allowed the first church to be built on the island. The modern...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Steve S
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

This is a small church, but WOW! So much in a little area. You need to take a boat ride out there which is fun by itself. And you can walk around the monastery which is quaint, but the church is worth the visit.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank goneinaheartbeat
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

This basilica is really the primary attraction on San Giulio Island, and it is worth the stop. Be sure to go down the stairs to see the crypt of St. Julius.

Date of experience: September 2017
3  Thank TeemanRacketman
Reviewed 1 August 2017

You can soon get "churched out" travelling round Italy and I thought "here we go again" as there's not much else to see on the island - how wrong I was. This small church is a surprising delight with it's ceiling and wall paintings/frescoes, plus...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank nnmercman
Reviewed 19 July 2017

After having visited churches in and around Milan & Stresa, we really didn't want see another church, however we were persuaded to visit this one on an island off Orta San Giulio. The church has many frescoes which are quite delightful. The pulpit is very...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank AntarcticBound
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Spent just over a week in Orta San Giulio and enjoyed every minute, lots to see and plenty of eating places for all budgets, we took a boat across to the Island to visit the Basilica and enjoyed walking around the narrow streets of the...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank anthony t
Reviewed 6 June 2017

If you like lovely architecture in fabulous surroundings that won't disappoint, then this is definitely worth a look.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank paulandmelrutherford
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Nice place, go there. It will take 60 minutes. You can even eat over there. I normally prefer to eat in Pella but it remains a magical place

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Zazailbabbo
Reviewed 4 May 2017

This is a fascinating church. I suggest a visit to the little museum in the crypt as a good starting place just to understand the history and evolution of the church then enjoy the frescoes that cover the south-west portion of the church. Best of...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank John P
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