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The Sacred Mount of Orta
 
Protected Area Orta

The Special Natural Reserve of the Sacred Mount of Orta.

Surface area: 13 hectares,
Elevation: 330 - 401 metres,
Environment: hilly,
Year of founding as a Special Natural Park of the Piemonte Region: 1980

The Sacred Mount of Orta is located at about 400 metres above sea level in a magnificent panoramic position overlooking the town of Orta and the homonymous lake. The territory of the Reserve covers 13 hectares, divided into two distinct zones: the slopes of the hill, where broadleaf trees dominate and the monumental area, where the vegetation has always been cared for as a historical garden.
The creator of the project of the Sacred Mount of Orta did not limit his planning to the pathways among the chapels, but dedicated considerable effort also to the environment and the vegetation along the trails. So, we find a singular integration of nature with the lake and with the chapels, that still today is one of the major characteristics of this Sacred Mount.
The flora features evergreen species and typical mountain plants like the blueberry. Among the tree species, there are silver pines, yew and ash trees, along with a lovely avenue of centuries-old hornbeams that looks out over the town and the lake of Orta.




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