St. Catherine's Monastery

The Sanctuary is a monastery situated on the eastern shores of Lake Maggiore. In the 12th century a merchant called Alberto Besozzi was caught in a storm whilst out on the lake. He promised that if his life was spared he would give all his worldly goods to the poor and retire to live a hermit’s life. His life was spared and so he fulfilled his vow and chose a cave near the current site of the sanctuary as his refuge. When plague broke out towards the end of the 12th century he persuaded the local population to build a church dedicated to Saint Catherine, where he was later buried. If arriving by boat please note there are many steps to reach the Sanctuary.

Information office
Città di Stresa

The office is located in P.zza Marconi, 16

(close to the boats departure)

tel. 0323/30150-31308 fax 0323/32561



March 18th 2019 to October 20th 2019

10.00 a.m – 12.30 a.m.

3.00 p.m – 6.30 p.m.

(every day – including public holidays)



October 21st 2019 to March 16th 2020

10.00 a.m – 12.30 a.m.

3.00 p.m – 6.30 p.m.

Saturday 10.00 a.m – 12.30 a.m.

Closed saturday afternoon and public holidays

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