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Piedmont: Lake Orta, The most romantic Lake in Italy

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0822-BIS.JPGMy friends, welcome to My Own Italy to discover Italy with my personal touch!

Our travel today is to the Lake Orta.

Lake Orta, in Piedmont, is known as one of the most romantic lakes in Italy, is situated in the Cusio area, which extends from the lower area of the Ossola valley to the western shore of the lower Lake Maggiore area.

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 Once arrived in Orta you can not miss a visit to the Sacro Monte .

The sacred place comprises a total of 20 chapels (originally the project envisaged 36) that illustrate the life of Saint Francis of Assisi.

 

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Also the convent of the Capuchins connected to the church, which was still dedicated to Saint Nikolaos at the beginning, but also to Saint Francis whose extraordinary vicissitudes impregnate the itinerary and also its peak.

 

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 The church also has a precious wooden statue depicting the Pietà, which in 1538 was at the centre of a miracle.

The wooden Madonna became the subject of worship and perhaps this boosted selecting this place as the location of such an important spiritual project.  

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The Sacro Monte of Orta was mostly built between the 16th-17th centuries and the chapels were also decorated by the most important artists of the time.

 

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 The path unwinds uphill on the slopes of the hill enclosing Orta from behind, whose starting point is just a few minutes from the centre of town.

The path and its chapels reach approximately 400 metres asl at the summit and churchyard, where there is a breathtaking view of an unexpected thrill and not just for pilgrims!

Leisure me, this is my tourism!

Blog posted from Lago d'Orta, Italia View larger map
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