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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 10 December 2018
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 29 November 2018
Warren, Massachusetts
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All reviews beautiful church boat ride small gem ten minutes small church small island well worth a visit julius pulpit saint frescoes meditation art century casks sculpted convent
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Reviewed 10 December 2018

This was a lovely experience, the boat ride back and forth to the island gives you a great view of the cathedral and once arrived on the island it is a stone throw to the basilica. It was an interesting visit and although I am...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 29 November 2018

The Basilica di San Giulio is the highlight of a visit to Lake Orta. The church itself is reached from the dock by a series of steps that rise to the main floor of the church. Unfortunately, absolutely no photos or videos are allowed. The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank redeco
Reviewed 22 October 2018

But be aware that no photos or video are permitted inside. This is clearly the highlight of the island!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SabreSailor
Reviewed 20 October 2018

A short ferry ride from Orta town takes you to Isoa di San Giulio a small island with a very interesting Basilica it is a very small island with just a couple of shops and only one public toilet so in the tourist season when...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Geoffreysm1th
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

The highlight in this basilica are the beautiful frescoes, the stone pulpit and the basement with the remnants of the first chapel built by St Giulio. The frescoes are in very good condition in the back of the basilica. They also have St Giulios reflects...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ramadama
Reviewed 9 September 2018

We took the boat over to the island which is a must if you are staying in Orta. The boat ride was good and it is a frequent and efficient service to and from the island. The basilica is worth seeing and you can then...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Josephine E
Reviewed 31 July 2018

The basilica is wonderful; the architecture is breath-taking. There are many frescoes and statues. There is also a sanctuary worth visiting and a Mascioni pipe organ. KEEP IN MIND: There are some rules on clothing (e.g. hats and short trousers/skirts)

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank HB-575-090
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

The trip over by boat costs €4.50. The church was stunning and well worth a visit. Also nice to have a wander around the small streets of the island.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank JaneH363
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Amazing church on the island San Giulio in Lake Orta. Visited after a mass. Pulpit caved in 12th century. Frescos from middle ages well preserved and plentiful. Plain building from the outside but fantastic interior. A must see. Ferries every 15 minutes for €4.5 return

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

When we visited the church was illuminated and it was very interesting to wander around looking at the ancient frescoes and the statues.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank lakegirl48
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