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Sacro Monte

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Gran teatro montano - Grand theatre on a mountaintop

The Sacro Monte di Varallo is the first and most important Sacro Monte of the western alps. A Sacro... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2018
Milan, Italy
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I have very little interest in religion, but as often I like these old places with tons of history... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2018
Thomas P
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The Sacro Monte was built on the initiative of Blessed Bernardino Caimi, who, returning from the Holy Land (the late 1400s), wanted to recreate in small places of Palestine. At seventy years later the project was also interested S. Carlo Borromeo...more
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Localita Sacro Monte | Località Sacro Monte, 13019 Varallo, Italy
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Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

The Sacro Monte di Varallo is the first and most important Sacro Monte of the western alps. A Sacro Monte is a pilgrimage path on the top of a mountain or on the slope of a mountain, leading to a sanctuary church. In general the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

I have very little interest in religion, but as often I like these old places with tons of history. Impressive site, but doesn't take long...

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Thomas P
Reviewed 27 June 2018

Sacro Monte is a great place to visit high above Varallo Sesia, Italy. There is a large church and 45 chapels depicting the life of Christ. Inside the chapels are life-sized statues representing the important events from His life. The walls inside the chapels are...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

Make sure you leave yourselves plenty time to wander around and to take in all of the buildings and to sit and contemplate the wisdom of who ever chose this marvelous location with ti's sweeping vistas.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

We got the cable car to the top, not actually knowing what was up there? But it turned out to be the best thing we did. The history and sites are fantastic. You can spend a couple of hours exploring and seeing all the 3D...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank David D
Reviewed 10 November 2016

I'm not in any way religious but I was fascinated by this chapel displays of biblical scenes. It's a bit of walk through all the chapels but worth it. Cable car/funicular (can't remember which) gets you easily to Sacro Monte itself. The rest of Varallo...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed 4 July 2016

The cable car makes the Sacro Monte easily accessible. We didn't get a guide, and just wondered around the chapels, delighted at the way the models made the bible stories human scale. And also very local! - the last supper featured lots of cheeses, local...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed 16 December 2015

The Sacro Monte is accessible by trail or cable car and the hike to the Tre Croce (3 crosses) is well worth the effort.

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed 30 September 2015

Set atop a mountain in a parklike setting, the beautiful and restored dioramas depicting the Gospel episodes and birth, life and death and resurrection of Christ housed in some 45 "chapels" on this Sacred Mountain are amazing and moving at the same time. I was...More

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed 28 September 2015

The views from this religious theme park are spectacular. Reached by cable car, road or a footpath pilgrimage lined by chapels the citadel is well laid out and signposted. (guides are available, and probably add considerably to the experience) The chapel tableaux of (mostly) new...More

Date of experience: September 2015
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