San Giulio Island (above) is an island within Lake Orta in Piedmont, northwestern Italy. The most famous building on the island is the Basilica of Saint Giulio close to which you can see the monumental old Seminary (1840s). Since 1976 it has been transformed into a Benedictine monastery. The little island, just west of the lakeshore village of Orta San Giulio, has very picturesque buildings, and takes its name from a local patron saint (Julius of Novara), who lived in the second half of the 4th century. Continue reading for more breathtaking places you must visit in your lifetime.