Orta San Giulio. The Island



Whichever way you look at the lake, the island that juts out in the middle is always an impressive sight. Its visit is also fascinating despite its small size. The first encounter one makes, once off the ferry, is with the elegant Romanesque basilica. From here, the only road that, in a loop, completes the entire circumnavigation of the island winds its way. Elegant villas, once residences of the canons, and the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, a cloistered Benedictine women's abbey, can be seen along the way.


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