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The island of San Giulio and the village of Orta, on the homonym lake

The island of San Giulio and the village of Orta, on the homonym lake
The island of San Giulio, the only island of Lake Orta, is approx. 400 meters from the shores of Orta and, like this one, takes its name from the holy preacher who came here in the 4th century with his brother San Giuliano. It is connected to the mainland by means of a summer cruise line service from Orta San Giulio, a service that also reaches Omegna and Pettenasco. Long ca. 275 meters wide and 140 meters wide, the island stretches from north to south, where the tip is dominated by the Basilica of San Giulio and the adjacent Bishop's Palace.

The legend claims that it was San Giulio to slay the dragons and snakes that infested the island (perhaps a symbol of a pre-existing pagan settlement), and chose it as a home for his church. Once all the buildings were inhabited by canons: besides the Basilica there is the Palazzo del Bishop of Novara, the former seminary, a nineteenth-century building inhabited today by Benedictine covenant nuns (the only inhabitants on the island). The foundation of the Monastery Mater Ecclesiae dates back to 1973.

The island over the centuries also represented a defensive bastion for the entire Cusio, first as possession of the Longobard Duchy (right here, in 590, Duke Mimulfo was killed by order of the king, Agilulfo), then of the bishops of Novara , Becoming the religious hub of the Riviera

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8 comments - The latest ones
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Wonderful view !!
Thank you for the info.
2 years ago.
 Daniela Brocca
Daniela Brocca club
Sono anni che ci voglio andare, anche a Orta, non ci sono mai stata.Solo che per chi non guida non è semplice.
2 years ago.
Giancarlo Ticozzi club has replied to Daniela Brocca club
In effetti li non ci sono molti mezzi se non con un'auto, soprattutto fino a questo santuario, Per quanto riguarda invece Orta, ci sono dei treni da Domodossola, che vi arrivano in circa un'ora.
Potremmo una volta fare quattro passi per il borgo ma anche per l'Isola.
Ciao. Gian
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Daniela Brocca club has replied to Giancarlo Ticozzi club
Io sono sempre pronta. Ho iniziato anche a guardare se qualche agenzia fa un'escursione.
2 years ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Une superbe vue ! Un beau souvenir !!
2 years ago.
 rod bally
rod bally club
Marvelous view!
2 years ago.
 Silvana -Silvy 51
Silvana -Silvy 51 club
anch'io vorrei andarci! molto bella Giancarlo! YS

ciao, Silvy
2 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset club
Amazing and so beautiful.
2 years ago.

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