Apr 29, 2014

Picture of the Day: San Giulio Island, Italy

 

SAN GIULIO ISLAND, ITALY

 

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Photograph by Luca Casartelli

 

In this lovely capture by Luca Casartelli, we see Isola San Giulio (or San Giulio Island) on Lake Orta, in the region of Piedmont in northwestern Italy. The island measures 275 metres (902 feet) long by 140 metres (459 feet) wide. The most famous building on the island is the Basilica of Saint Giulio, close to which you can see the monumental old Seminary (1840s).

The little island, just west of the lakeshore village of Orta San Giulio, has very picturesque buildings, and takes its name from a local patron saint (Julius of Novara), who lived in the second half of the 4th century. [source]

Boat rides to the island are available year-round. According to comments on TripAdvisor, a round trip will cost about 4 euros.

 

 

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