In 523 meters high, the village of Armeno is located near Orta lake, at the foot of Mount Mottarone in Piedmont Region, Italy.
The fresh air, the quietness, the wealth of its natural and historical beauty make Armeno an ideal location for a restful, spiritual, cultural, recreational and business meetings.
The area around Lake Orta has long been a favourite tourist destination, thanks to the quiet beauty of the landscape, its fascinating history and its wealth of artistic treasures, principally Romanesque and Baroque architecture.
Orta is also a place of mists and devotion. The devotion is figured plainly in the 20 small chapels of the Sacred Mount of Orta, set in a magnificent pine wood park with gorgeous views over the stone roofed village to tell the story of St Francis of Assisi. Frescoes set the scene and the atmosphere while the life sized colored statues seem to act out St. Francis life on a great natural stage.The woods, the variety of architectural and decorative styles, the enchanting panorama over the lake are elements that make this place unique, pervaded by a sense of meditation and serenity.
In 2003 UNESCO certified the nine Sacred Mounts in Piedmont and Lombardy, each on the one hand a devotional destination and on the other a superb Renaissance work of art of great value and interest, an open air artistic phenomenon with an evocative name and spiritual theme, the Great Mountain Theatre.