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Santa Caterina del Sasso

Visit the Cliff-Face Monastery of Lake Maggiore
After breakfast, John will arrange for a car and driver to take you for a day at another one of Italy’s lakes, Maggiore, which is about 40 miles to the west of Como. There, a private boat will take you to one of the world’s most picturesque monasteries, Santa Caterina del Sasso, clinging to the face of a rock cliff rising above the lake. Alberto Besozzi, a merchant, built a small church here in 1195 after finding shelter from a storm, though the existing buildings date to the 13th and 14th centuries. The northern convent is the oldest, built upon 13th-century walls with a refectory on the ground floor and the monks’ cells on the next. Your guide will point out portions of a 16th-century fresco depicting the Martyrdom of St Catherine of Alexandria and then lead you through the inner courtyard to the church and the bell tower, which overhangs the lake.

21038 Leggiuno VA, Italy