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, it is recommended to read about history of its foundation to better understand and appreciate... 更多
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 noontime closure, this was a detour of about 3 hours on our way from Cannobio... 更多
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.
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 if you visit this area. The site consists of 3 buildings, the southern convent, the... 更多
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 also access by an elevator down through the rock from a car park above on... 更多
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 to stay there an hour or more, with little to do.
We visited Santa Caterina on a very hot day but had a lovely lunch on the property before taking all the steps down to the Church and beautiful Vistas. The church was lovely with stained glass and soothing chorals piped thru. This is free except 1euro to take elevator back up, too hot for hundreds of steps.
A beautiful serene and tranquil place to visit. The church has amazing decoration and is such a peaceful and moving place. The views across the lake are wonderful. Well worth a visit on the boat from Stresa. Although there are signs to say no shorts and arms to be covered, this does not seem to be enforced. There is a... 更多