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Amazing Medieval church

Amazing church on the island San Giulio in Lake Orta. Visited after a mass. Pulpit caved in 12th... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Worth a short visit

When we visited the church was illuminated and it was very interesting to wander around looking at... read more

Reviewed June 11, 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank drichia
Reviewed June 11, 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 May 13, 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

Thank PainDoc5653
Reviewed October 2, 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

1  Thank Steve S
Reviewed September 14, 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 September 1, 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.

2  Thank Terry S
Reviewed August 1, 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

Thank nnmercman
Reviewed July 18, 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

Thank AntarcticBound
Reviewed July 13, 2017

Roman Catholic complex in basically the Romanesque style but it is the interior that is impressive with its ancient frescoes & religious art

Thank Darrel J
Reviewed July 13, 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

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