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Spiritual and serene

Amazing view combined with spirituality of the monastery and serenity of the place. If you want to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Athens, Greece
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Breathtaking views and a magical place. Absolutely must-do when you’re in Lake Maggiore

This place completely blew me away. As the ferry approaches Santa Caterina, I was amazed at what I... read more

Reviewed October 12, 2018
Singapore, Singapore
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Via Santa Caterina, Leggiuno, Italy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing view combined with spirituality of the monastery and serenity of the place. If you want to rest from everyday errands, relax and think of religious or non physical questions...

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Yiannis_Bak
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

This place completely blew me away. As the ferry approaches Santa Caterina, I was amazed at what I saw, a post card perfect picture of a monastery perched on the cliff overlooking Lake Maggiore. After disembarking from the ferry, there is a short ascent up...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Marilynco
Reviewed October 6, 2018

We took the first boat of the day from Stresa and it was well worth it. Very few people about so that we could enjoy the serenity and peacefulness of the hermitage and chapels and surroundings. There about about 80 steps to climb from the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank nanjizal123
Reviewed September 16, 2018

This is beautiful monastery perched on top of Lago Maggiore. The views are breathtaking and the church is worth a visit. I'd very much advice to take advantage of the Ferry and combine this with a visit to Isola Bella. The restaurant at the monastery...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank dcomin
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

In few words a place to visit You can go there by car or boat Wonderful landscape too There is a particular story around this church that I recommend to discover by yourself Enjoy the visit

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank parnim1
Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

Be aware, the site is closed between 12 and 2 pm. Free car park, restaurant and toilets on the top level. You pay 1 Euro to go down the elevator and the same price to go up, or you can walk the 240 steps. We...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank 896JanK896
Reviewed June 30, 2018

The sensations here take one back through the centuries, imagining the tranquility and the dangers of life on and above the lake.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Etta M
Reviewed June 16, 2018

Very peaceful, sacred church built on the side of a cliff next to the lake. Not a lot of tourist which was very nice. We really liked this church. We walked down the stairs which was not too difficult but there is an elevator which...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank yhahn
Reviewed June 9, 2018

We took a ferry from Stresa to a dock below this historic working monastery and Catholic church sited on the side of a cliff overlooking Lake Maggiore. After climbing about 80 steps we were rewarded with partially restored impressive old structures including a chapel with...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank bevschmitt42
Reviewed May 31, 2018

If you are staying in Stresa and have a morning spare I would do as we did and catch the 09.50 ferry this will give you 1 hour 30 mins to look round, this is plenty. We always take time to make sure we see...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Response from 541jessi67 | Reviewed this property |
Hello! There is no fee for the entrance, only the elevator costs 50 cent or 1 euro, in case you do not manage to take the ancient and beautifu stairs, i can only recommend no to be missed! concerning the ferries please... More