Isola di San Giulio - From Sacro Monte di Orta, Italy
Isola di San Giulio is a picturesque island situated in Lago d'Orta (Lake Orta), at the foot of the Northern Italian Alps. It is home to the San Giulio basilica, which was built between the 4th and 5th century. It has a fascinating Romanesque cloister and a baroque church as well. The island also houses a Benedictine monastery, where monks still live and practice the ancient liturgies of the Order. Isola di San Giulio is a popular destination for travelers and photographers who come to admire the splendid lake scenery and the architectural wonders of the island. Old traditional houses and cobbled alleys across the island will give visitors a sense of old-time charm. The most popular spot of the island is the San Giulio basilica and its Romanesque cloister, where visitors can get some of the most stunning views of Lago d'Orta. There is also a lovely garden where visitors can take a leisurely stroll, with delightful pink and white flowers all around. The island, 4 miles (6 km) in circumference and 2,000 feet (600 m) long, can be reached on foot or by boat. The island is just a short walk away from the shore of Orta San Giulio, a medieval village situated on the northern shore of Lago d’Orta.