Santa Caterina del Sasso

Leggiuno, Italy

Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso is a Roman Catholic monastery perched on a rocky ridge on the eastern shore of Lake Maggiore.

The monastery can be reached on foot by descending down a long winding stairway or by taking an elevator or by a number of ferry services or boats that dock at the pier.

The construction of the monastery dates from the 14th century, although the more recent frescos are from the 19th century. It consists of three buildings: the southern convent, the convent and the main church. In 1914 it was declared a national monument.



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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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D'Jena Dias (18 months ago)
The place was great, really amazing and inspirational. Strongly advise it.
Matteo Stefani (18 months ago)
A real pearl in italy. 800 years old monastery. Finally they decided to keep it open the full day and dont close it lunchtine. If you go on a friday or out of peak days and season you will be able to enjoy it all for yourself. Walk the stairs, dont be afraid and enjoy the peacefulness of the lake with its palmtrees and beauties
Susana Gil Sayas (19 months ago)
Great views of Lago Maggiore. Free entrance to the small church and free parking. Available place for picnic and one cafeteria with a terrace. There is an elevator to avlid the long stairs for few euros. I recommend to pass by but don't expect more that the views
SUHAS Dubey (19 months ago)
Amazing view combined with spirituality of the monastery and serenity of the place. This place completely blew me away. As the ferry approaches Santa Caterina, I was amazed at what I saw, a post card perfect picture of a monastery perched on the cliff overlooking Lake Maggiore. After disembarking from the ferry, there is a short ascent up a flight of stairs and voila, you’ll be welcomed by very picturesque views of the monastery set against the cliff and the lake. The monastery is small but beautiful. Entrance is free. We stayed in Stresa and it is a very convenient ferry ride here. Takes only about 15mins ride and costs 6.80 euros for a return trip. Took the 0950 ferry, returned to Stresa at 1030 and still had a full day to explore the other islands around the lake. A wonderful visit. The site is completely closed between 12 noon and 2pm.
Stephanie J. Thurber (21 months ago)
Absolutely beautiful. Everything you hope for when you think of Italy and cliffside architecture. Recommend for a beautiful view of the lake and a beautiful historic structure.
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