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Distance

5.96 mi

Elevation gain

456 ft

Technical difficulty

Easy

Elevation loss

466 ft

Max elevation

1,272 ft

Trailrank

86 4.3

Min elevation

945 ft

Trail type

Loop

Time

3 hours 26 minutes

Coordinates

1130

Uploaded

September 26, 2017

Recorded

July 2017
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1,272 ft
945 ft
5.96 mi

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near Orta San Giulio, Piemonte (Italia)

Hike (8 km) around the Orta San Giulio peninsula with a visit by boat (1.6 km) to the Isola di San Giulio and a climb onto the Sacro Monte di San Fransesco. The boats to the island leave every 20 minutes in summer and cost 3€15 (see http://www.navigazionelagodorta.it/en/). On the holy mount you can visit 20 chapels dedicated to Saint Francis, and the views are great.
Starting point is the Piazzale Prarondo, where there is paid parking. From here you descend to the water front via a road and a path. The walking path along the lake is called Via 11 Settembre, which changes into Via Ettorre Motta when you move around the Punta Movero. The path becomes a road when you enter the picturesque village. You follow the road until the central square, Piazza Mario Motta. Here is also the harbor with boats taking you to the Isola San Giulio every 20 minutes. There is always a crowd of boatmen waiting to point you to the right boat. There are also ferries to other destinations on the lake. The boat takes you around the island for the view and then docks on Piazza San Giulio. Here you take a hike around the island with occasional one way streets to the water front (about 800 m). When you are done you take the next boat back to Orta San Giulio. Here you continue along the lake on Via Giovanetti, which turns into Via Giuseppe Fava. After the most southern point of the peninsula you turn right on another walkway along the lake to Ortello. From here you walk up the hill to Via San Quirico which takes you to the cemetery. From here you walk up the cobblestoned road to the Sacro Monte. Here you follow the signs along all the 20 chapels dedicated to San Francesco plus an added ‘New chapel’. At the end waits the church dedicated to the Saints Nicolas and Francis with also the best view of the lake and the island. You walk down to the parking lot of the Sacro Monte and then follow a path down towards Villa Crespi, an expensive hotel restaurant with oriental architecture. You follow the main road for a bit before going down to the lake shore, where you follow the walkway Via 11 Settembre back to where you entered it at the start, and then walk back up to the parking lot.
Timing on the track is not shown as I did the boat tour later than the rest of the walk. Most bars and restaurants you will find around the Piazza Mario Motta. There is also one at the island.
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Arco d'Ingresso

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Gate to the Sacro Monte
Religious site

Basilica di San Giulio

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Church on the island
Mooring point

Boat to Isola di San Giulio

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Here the boats leave. The boats to the island leave every 20 minutes in summer and cost 3€15 (see http://www.navigazionelagodorta.it/en/). There is always a crowd of boatmen waiting to point you to the right boat.
Religious site

Cappella Nuova

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New chapel with viewpoint that was closed off during my hike
Information point

Cemetery

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Cemetery
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Chiesa dei Santi Nicolao e Francesco

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Church on the Sacro Monte with a nice viewpoint in front
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I Cappella della nascita di San Francesco

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Chapel 1
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II Capella della Vocazione

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Chapel 2
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III Cappella della Rinuncia

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Chapel 3
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Isola di San Giulio

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Island of the holy Julius
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IV Cappella Ispirazione

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Chapel 4
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IX Cappella della Vestizione di San Chiara

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Chapel 9
Information point

Ortello

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Small port and beach
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Piazza Mario Motta

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Central square in Orta San Giulio
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Piazza San Giulio

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Arrival point for the boat from Orta
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Strada della Litarda

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Walkway on the south side of the peninsula
Religious site

V Cappella della Propagazione

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Chapel 5
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VI Cappella della Missione

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Chapel 6
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Via 11 Settembre

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Walkway on the north side of the peninsula
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Via Ettore Motta

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Walkway on the north-west side of the peninsula
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Via Giovannetti

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Street from Piazza Mario Motta along the lake
Information point

Via San Quirico

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Street to the cemetery
Panorama

Viewpoint

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Nice viewpoint from the Sacro Monte
Religious site

VII Cappella della Regola

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Chapel 7
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VIII Cappella delle Apparizioni o del Carro

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Chapel 8
Monument

Villa Crespi

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Expensive hotel restaurant with moorish/oriental architecture
Religious site

X Cappella delle Tentazioni

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Chapel 10
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XI Cappella dell'Indulgenza Pozzo

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Chapel 11
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XII Cappella della Regola

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Chapel 12
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XIII Cappella dell Umilta

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Chapel 13
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XIV Cappella del Sultano

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Chapel 14
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XIX Cappella dei Miracoli

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Chapel 19
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XV Cappella della Stigmate

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Chapel 15
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XVI Cappella della Perfezione

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Chapel 16
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XVII Cappella della Morta

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Chapel 17 with viewpoint
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XVIII Cappella Dedicazioni

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Chapel 18
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XX Cappella della Canonizzazione

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Chapel 20

2 comments

  • Photo of ANWI ALTOMILANESE (FabioTao1959)

    ANWI ALTOMILANESE (FabioTao1959) Jan 3, 2022

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    Percorso semplice ma molto interessante, in particolar modo il Sacro Monte dedicato a San Francesco.
    Ottime le indicazioni ripotate sulla scheda.
    Grazie!

  • Photo of Tjaart Molenkamp

    Tjaart Molenkamp Jan 5, 2022

    Prego, Fabio! Grazie per la recensione positiva! Sono contento che ti sia piaciuta la passeggiata.

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