situated among the green forests at the top of the hill dominating Lake Orta. Sacro Monte
counts 21 chapels built between the end of the 16th and the end of the 18th centuries with
frescos and sculptures of terracotta about the life of St Francis.
If the paintings and the sculptures are an
artistic heritage and were realized by skilled artists of that period (the Fiamminghini,
Cristoforo Prestinari, Dionigi Bussola, and the Morazzone), the natural aspects of the
area are not less interesting.
The promontory on which Sacro Monte d'Orta
rises is made up of rocks which have been shaped by the glaciers of the Quaternary period.
The flora is characterized by evergreens and by some characteristic mountain flora like
the Blueberry. Among the arboreal species there are Scotch firs, yews, ash trees, and a
beautiful avenue of centuries-old hornbeams facing the lake.
THE XX CHAPELS: CLICK HERE