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Wow, what a wonderful experience

This was a lovely experience, the boat ride back and forth to the island gives you a great view of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
daffystjob
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Manchester, United Kingdom
A Medieval Highlight

The Basilica di San Giulio is the highlight of a visit to Lake Orta. The church itself is reached... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
redeco
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Warren, Massachusetts
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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
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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
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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 ornate pulpit and crypt in which the remains of Saint Julius are laid. The ancient Bishops Palace surrounding the church is currently a Nuns Monastery and the church entrance is reached from the jetty via a vaulted staircase. It gets busy soon after the shuttle boat disgorges its next group of visitors but then quietens for a while which enables you to sit and admire the architecture and art in near peace and tranquility.

Date of experience: July 2017
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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 unusual and the church turned out to be worth visiting. Apparently, the island was a monastery and has now been taken over by a nunnery/convent that makes the vestments for the clergy in The Vatican.

Date of experience: June 2017
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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 Island, you can enjoy a coffee and some thing to eat by the side of lake and just enjoy the scenery over the lake. If you are planning a trip to Italy then this is a town you take time to visit or stay.

Date of experience: July 2017
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