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We took the boat over to the island which is a must if you are staying in Orta. The boat ride was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Josephine E
Harrogate, United Kingdom
Beautiful church. Absolutely worth visiting if you are in Orta.

The basilica is wonderful; the architecture is breath-taking. There are many frescoes and statues... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2018
London, United Kingdom
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Isola di San Giulio, Orta San Giulio, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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)

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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.

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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

1  Thank drichia
Reviewed 12 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.

Thank lakegirl48
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

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Reviewed 3 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

2  Thank Steve S
Reviewed 15 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.

1  Thank goneinaheartbeat
Reviewed 2 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.

3  Thank Terry S
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

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