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Santa Caterina del Sasso

Via Santa Caterina, 13, 21038 Leggiuno VA, Italy

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About Santa Caterina del Sasso

The hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso is a monastery built overhanging the eastern shore of Lake Maggiore, in the municipality of Leggiuno.  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. Visitors are rewarded with a secluded garden courtyard leading to an unassuming church door. It is in this chapel that you’ll find the extremely well-preserved body of Alberto Besozzi,



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Borromean Islands5.64km from Santa Caterina del Sasso

Situated on the western side of Lake Maggiore, directly opposite Stresa, the three Borromean Islands lie in a wide gulf surrounded by mountains. The islands take their name from the aristocratic Borromean family, who took ownership of the land in the 16th and 17th centuries. Together totalling just 50 acres in area, they are a major local tourist attraction for their picturesque setting.

Isola Bella5.77km from Santa Caterina del Sasso

L ' Isola Bella is located in Lake Maggiore, is part of the group of so-called Borromean Islands, and is located in the Gulf dedicated to the famous family who still has the property, about 400 meters off the coast of Stresa. It measures 320 meters long and 180 meters wide and is largely occupied by the Italian garden of the Borromeo palace, which occupies the north-western coast of the islet.

Isola Madre5.91km from Santa Caterina del Sasso

L ' Isola Madre is the largest of the' archipelago of the Borromeo on Lake Maggiore. 220 meters wide and 330 long, the islet is occupied by some buildings and above all by gardens. In ancient times it was called Isola di San Vittore and later Isola Maggiore.  The island is occupied by a number of buildings and architectural structures and is especially well known for its gardens. In the past it was known as Isola di San Vittore and later as Isola Maggiore.

Villa Taranto Botanical Gardens5.92km from Santa Caterina del Sasso

The Villa Taranto Botanical Garden is a botanical garden of 16 hectares of extension, located in Pallanza, Italy.  It is located on the western shore of Lake Maggiore in Verbania. It is open to the public daily and they charge an entrance fee. Today the gardens contain nearly 20,000 plant varieties, representing more than 3,000 species, set among 7 km of paths. Among its collections are azalea, Cornus, greenhouses of Victoria amazonica, and 300 types of dahlias. It also contains a small herbariu

Isola dei Pescatori6.52km from Santa Caterina del Sasso

L ' Isola Dei Pescatori, also known as Isola Superiore, is the only archipelago of the Borromeo in Lake Maggiore to be permanently inhabited.  100 meters wide by 350 meters long, it houses a small village, with characteristic multi-story houses, with a small square, characteristic narrow alleys, the lakefront, and the main street to allow the movements strictly on foot of the 57 inhabitants who live off fishing and tourism.

Lago di Monate10.29km from Santa Caterina del Sasso

The Lake Monate is a pre-alpine lake in Lombardy located in the province of Varese between Lake Varese and Lake Maggiore.  The lake is fed by underground springs and some canals including the Rio Freddo has a single outlet in the Acquanegra stream that flows into Lake Maggiore in the municipality of Brebbia in the Sabbie d'Oro area. The waters are generally quite clear with some stretches in which they tend to become opaque, taking on a lagoon color.

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About 10 million people, forming one-sixth of Italy's population, live in Lombardy and about a fifth of Italy's GDP is produced in the region, making it the most populous and richest region in the country and one of the richest regions in Europe.