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Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso

Via Santa Caterina, Leggiuno, Italy
+39 0332 647172
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Absolutely stunning and magical place

This is a wonderfully tranquil, spiritual place with the most amazing frescoes amongst incredible... read more

Reviewed 15 May 2017
Nice spot

The Eremo is in a magnificent and peaceful location on the lake. Not everything is accessible but... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2017
Sara L
Dublin, Ireland
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15 May 2017
“Absolutely stunning and magical place”
9 Apr 2017
“Serene monastery overlooking the lake”
Via Santa Caterina, Leggiuno, Italy
+39 0332 647172
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Reviewed 15 May 2017

This is a wonderfully tranquil, spiritual place with the most amazing frescoes amongst incredible buildings, reached from Stresa across Lake Maggiore [which takes some 15 minutes]. The church is very interesting, as are the additional buildings, as well as the wine and olive press which...More

Thank JandSEvian
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

The Eremo is in a magnificent and peaceful location on the lake. Not everything is accessible but it still worth a visit!

Thank Sara L
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Eremo di Santa Caterina del Sasso can be reached through the lake - on a boat or by car. We got to the monastery on our way along the Lago Maggiore lakeside, and it was one of the best side trips. Build on the cliff,...More

Thank Zuzana M
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Terrific setting, though the nicest views of the Eremo are probably from the water (I am not even sure that is possible without a private boat; we drove there). Nice frescoes but not very many, this is quite a small place. Overall, adding in the...More

Thank NWtraveler969
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Old monastery across the lake from Stresa. Can be reached by boat from early spring to beginning of October, then by car. A long staircase gets you to the church, or a 1€/person elevator for the less athletic.

Reviewed 6 October 2016

This is best seen as part of Lake Tour via boat. It is utterly amazing the way this monastery just seems to be an integral part of the cliff itself. It was founded in the 12th century and along with Borromeo Islands are must sees...More

Thank Anthony H
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

The architecture and engineering are feats of human and supernatural strength. The views of the lake are stunning, and the Spirit is palpable.

Thank Yvette N
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Go first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds, this intimate spiritual place is best viewed in relative solitude. A 15 minute ferry ride across Lake Maggiore from Stresa, the Hermitage clings to the side of a cliff, well above the water. There is...More

1  Thank Christina m
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

It's perfect, calm and relaxing spot by the lake. It also wasn't crowded with tourists, the view is splendid. The spot has also been made accessible for everyone via elevator, but if you feel brave you may take the stairs!

Thank Daiga T
Reviewed 25 August 2016

A peaceful and calm monastery anchored into the cliff. It's very small and if you are not very interested in religious tourism this might be a bit boring, or only worth a short stop. However be careful about the ferry schedule as you might have...More

Thank Yas961
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Hii Everybody.. I am new in Italy.. And feeling excited about seeing the chapel of "Santa Caterina del Sasso Ballaro". Can anyone help me in planning trip to the amazing place. So far I manage to understand the railway station Stresa connected by Milano. My queries are: 1. From Stresa where do I get boat/ship to Santa the church? 2. How much the ship would be charging for single person? 3. Is the ship/boats are frequent or have be wait for long hours to get one ferry? 4. What's the entry fee for the chapel? I really really need to know the answers. Can somebody please answer my queries
7 December 2015|
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Response from 541jessi67 | Reviewed this property |
Hello! There is no fee for the entrance, only the elevator costs 50 cent or 1 euro, in case you do not manage to take the ancient and beautifu stairs, i can only recommend no to be missed! concerning the ferries please... More