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But be aware that no photos or video are permitted inside. This is clearly the highlight of the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
New York
A small gem in Lake Orta

A short ferry ride from Orta town takes you to Isoa di San Giulio a small island with a very... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sandiacre, United Kingdom
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Isola di San Giulio, Orta San Giulio, Italy
+39 0322 90358
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

But be aware that no photos or video are permitted inside. This is clearly the highlight of the island!

Thank SabreSailor
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A short ferry ride from Orta town takes you to Isoa di San Giulio a small island with a very interesting Basilica it is a very small island with just a couple of shops and only one public toilet so in the tourist season when...More

Thank Geoffreysm1th
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

The highlight in this basilica are the beautiful frescoes, the stone pulpit and the basement with the remnants of the first chapel built by St Giulio. The frescoes are in very good condition in the back of the basilica. They also have St Giulios reflects...More

Thank Ramadama
Reviewed 9 September 2018

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)

Thank HB-575-090
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.

Thank JaneH363
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 11 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

Thank PainDoc5653
Reviewed 2 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
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