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What a view!

It's worth the very difficult drive to get up to the church. We were disappointed to find it... read more

Reviewed July 19, 2018
Tokyo, Japan
Great views but church not always open

I noticed the church high on the hill whilst visiting Orta San Giulio on the other side of the... read more

Reviewed July 31, 2017
Camberley, United Kingdom
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19 Jul 2018
“What a view!”
31 Jul 2017
“Great views but church not always open”
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Reviewed July 19, 2018

It's worth the very difficult drive to get up to the church. We were disappointed to find it locked up tight, but not surprised as many reviews had warned us that it has very haphazard hours. But the view was surreal and well worth the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed July 31, 2017

I noticed the church high on the hill whilst visiting Orta San Giulio on the other side of the lake. After leaving Orta we decided to drive the complete circuit of the lake and seeing signs to the sanctuary we started the climb (in the...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed October 13, 2016

The vista is spectacular, the church is phenomenal, the adventure is worthy. Visible from Orta San Giulio it stands high on granite cliffs overlooking Lago Orta. Its a challenge to get to unless you have Waze or Google Maps but worth the effort. Picnic, sightseeing,...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank scottrH1792RR
Reviewed October 12, 2016

Amazing church on top of the rocks in Pella, with a gorgeous 180 degrees view over Orta Lake. Inside the church, beautiful paintings from 13th and 14th centuries - be mindful the inside is not always open. Entrance is free but it's recommended to leave...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank sugareef80
Reviewed August 23, 2016

Fabulous location, high high above Lago d'Orta. Incredibly peaceful and calming, and extraordinary vista over the lake. Stunning

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed July 13, 2016

Well worth the drive especially if you enjoy hairpin corners. The drive would be pretty intimidating if you managed to meet traffic at the wrong spot but road certainly didn't seem busy despite being July school holidays. The views are amazing. Playground out back of...More

Date of experience: July 2016
2  Thank Mark W
Reviewed May 12, 2016

We traveled there by bicycle from Miasino, and getting up there was a good climb. Don't try it unless you fairly fit, because it is about 8km with some grades of 11 or 12 percent. Once there the view is spectacular, but the drop is...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank AckExpat
Reviewed September 23, 2015

We had been intrigued by this church when we had stayed down on Lake Orta. So when we stayed at the nearby Hotel Panoramico we just had to walk the five minutes along the road to investigate. It is very beautifully decorated inside, and you...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank lakegirl48
Reviewed September 1, 2015

We saw this from our hotel room at night lit up and decided to try to find it by car. What a good decision to make as the views from here were stunning. At times the trip to the top of the mountain was hairy!...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank ahollowday
Reviewed July 2, 2015

From Orta at night we saw the flood lights hitting the façade of this church. It's way up the hill. On our drive as a lark we decided to visit. If you have GPS it is easier but still confusing. The road is very windy...More

Date of experience: June 2015
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