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Piemonte santa caterina

Port
Via Santa Caterina, 13
45° 52' 36" N - 008° 35' 49" E

The Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, perched on a cliff of rock overlooking the lake, is one of the more picturesque scenery of Lake Maggiore. The approach by boat is definitely the most scenic approach, one that gives us the glimpse of greater impact. Perhaps the very special magical beauty of this place has favored the halo of miraculous that permeates its origin and its history. According to legend, the foundation has its roots in the distant 1170 when a wealthy merchant - Alberto Besozzi - survived by a miracle from sinking for the intervention of S. Caterina, decided, in a gesture of thanks, to give himself to the life of hermit in this place, on which later build a first chapel. Years later Santa Caterina (according to the legend)yet intervened to defeat the plague that was devastating the area and then again during the 17th century, when she arrested a landslide of boulders that were about to fall upon the chapel of the tomb of Alberto. Now, more prosaically, the monastery is owned by the Province of Varese, which financed the restoration of various buildings that over the centuries have gradually been added to: the Chapel of Santa Maria Nova, San Nichola, and various parts of the convent. The restoration has enhanced fragments of beautiful frescos and articulated architecture. It is an amazing place in the landscape and the view  you can enjoy from its balconies, is what makes this particularly fascinating monastery. It is currently run by a community of Dominican friars: their herbal products are sold in the shop inside. Admission to visit is free.

santa caterina

Arona
Baveno
Belgirate

Cannero Riviera
Cannobio
Carciano
Ghiffa
Intra
Isola Bella
Isola Madre
Isola Superiore
Lesa
Meina
Oggebbio
Pallanza
Stresa
Villa Taranto
Lombardia

Angera
Ispra
Laveno
Luino
Maccagno
Ranco
P.to Valtravaglia Santa Caterina

Svizzera
Ascona
Brissago
Gerra
Isole di Brissago
Locarno
Magadino
Porto Ronco
Ranzo
San Nazzaro

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Vira
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