San Giulio Island
San Giulio Island
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John F
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Disappointing and very problematic. So: you’ll notice (in retrospect) that all the lovely photos are taken *from the air, of the island*. From the island itself, there’s only one place you can see out at all, and that’s the landing jetty! Otherwise, it’s just the cobbled streets, no view.
Now, if you go to an island, I think it’s reasonable to expect that there might be some cafe or gelato or at least a drink, somewhere on the island. There really isn’t. There is *one* restaurant, and unless you want a full main meal, if you want just drinks then you can’t go out on the terrace. Which means, you sit in the dark reception area on a seat next to the hot kitchen, while the maitre d’ glares at you for not wanting a full meal. I mean, ok, it’s their restaurant, but people eating a meal get to sit on the terrazzo outside which is the one place you can see out of Prison Island, and at 4pm?! And if they don’t want that, there’s a nice outside area with tables the other side, which is unused and locked off?!
Ok, so there’s something to do on the island right? Well, indeed there is a nice church with decent frescoes. Which you will be sharing with endless tour parties pushing past you, forty to a tour party, one party per five minutes. The tour parties will all be carrying big lensed cameras which they will expect you to get out of shot. This is the church with the massive sign on the front door that explains the only two rules are No Cameras and No Shorts.
And I might almost expect the tour party thing if these were the most amazing frescoes. They’re….just decent. This is Italy, home of the Vatican museum, the Last Supper, the Accademia. Honestly, go into any church in Italy, this is par for that.
Written 19 May 2024
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,329 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We came to this island during our recent stay in Stresa. We walked around and visited the basilica and saw the monastery there. The place was really beautiful and really peaceful. It is easily accessible by public boat. It is definitely worthwhile.
Written 7 August 2023
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Jane N
London, UK986 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This island within Lake Orta is a Benedictine monastery with 60 nuns who have taken a code of silence. There is only one street on the island - the cobbled Via dei Silenzio which then becomes Via della Meditazione. They have signs at various intervals to encourage contemplation and self-renewal. The Basilica di San Giulio was founded in 390 but was largely rebuilt in the 18th and 19th centuries. The remains of San Giulio and his relics are said to be in his sarcophagus in the crypt which you can visit.
Written 27 April 2023
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wendymabi
Chorleywood, UK301 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
There is a small church on the island where, in the crypt, are the remains of Saint Giulio. There is a serenity on this island which is unbelievably relaxing and spiritual! There is a small walk round the island with amazing views and wonderful, old buildings! I will never forget it!
Written 9 March 2023
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schmidtmg
Switzerland1,081 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
If you visit Lake Orta,do visit San Giulio Island. The boat round trip from Piazza motta in Orta San Giulio takes a few minutes, costs 5 Euro and the small boats leave every 20 minutes or so. On the island , visit the Basilica di San Giulio - in a room adjoining the crypt you can read about the history of the place, which has housed a church since the 6th century. There is a small path around the island offering nice views - incidentally called 'a voie du silence'. If there are tour groups visiting at the same time, try to stay away from them, as they will spoil the serene impression of the place....
Written 30 October 2022
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Stu151
Wickford, UK1,773 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Small island well on the tourist trail ! (so busy)

Main interest is the Basilica di San Giulio, which has interesting wall frescos, there is also a short (800m) path around the island with nice views.

Worth visiting, but only allow an hour at most.
Written 1 August 2022
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vittotrap
Brescia, Italy3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
I loved to visit the small isle with a deep respectful silence. I’d like to visit it again in the future .
A little advice for the wonderful church… it will be more fascinated with classical music surround
Written 28 July 2022
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Masken46
Stockholm, Sweden73 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Monday mornings the Basilica is closed so basically all sights are too. There is a 15-20 minute walk around the island, but you don really see anything. Don't wear shorts or short skirts. Honestly a let down.
Written 25 July 2022
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Patpet58
Rivoli, Italy2,577 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
A timeless pleasure, a precious time, every time.
A picturesque footpath, a beautiful church with great wall frescoes, a magical atmosphere.
Written 18 October 2021
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schmidtmg
Switzerland1,081 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
taking the boat from the main square in Orta San Giulio to San Giulio Island takes less then 5 minutes - the return trip is Euro 4.50. The boat runs every half hour or so. Once on the island, you 're in a peaceful and serene environment. The large monastery dominating the island is not publicly accessible, but the footpath around the island is picturesque - incidentally it is called 'la voie du silence' (trail of silence). Make sure to visit the Basicila di San Giulio, a 13th century church with many (restored) wall and ceiling frescoes...
Written 30 October 2020
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