10 places not to be missed on Lake Orta
Lake Orta is a pearl still unknown, but recognized as the most romantic lake in Italy.
If you decide to visit this beautiful area, here are the 10 places you can’t miss!
Orta San Giulio
The small medieval village of Orta San Giulio is the pearl of the lake! Walking through its narrow streets, directly on the lake, is already an absolutely living experience.
The main square of Orta San Giulio with its frescoes and small merchants. Take the opportunity to take a break on the terrace of one of the many wine bars for a typically Italian “aperitivo”.
2. Church of Santa Maria Assunta
Baroque church located at the top of via Caire Albertoletti, just above the Piazza Motta. You have to go up this sloping road to enjoy the lake view from the church.
3. Garden of Villa Bossi
Villa Bossi is now home to the Municipality of Orta San Giulio. With its garden directly on the lake, it allows many visitors to enjoy the view of the island San Giulio… It’s also perfect to celebrate civil and symbolic wedding ceremonies. Feel free to contact me if you want to get married in Orta San Giulio!
4. Wrought iron gates
One of the characteristics of this small medieval village is the richness of its wrought iron doors. To be admired throughout the walk!
5. The island San Giulio
From Piazza Motta, take a boat to reach the island of San Giulio, very characteristic with its path of silence. To visit on the island the Basilica San Giulio.
6. Sacro Monte di Orta
The Sacred Mount of Orta (and in general the “Sacred Mountains of Piedmont and Lombardy”) has been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2003.
It is composed of 20 chapels that represent the different phases of the life of St. Francis of Assisi from its birth to its canonization.
A feeling of peace will overwhelm you during this discovery!
In the surroundings
7. Church of Madonna del Sasso
One of the most beautiful views to see the whole lake…
A small village just in front of Orta San Giulio where you can go by boat and make a small walk before going to Madonna del Sasso for example.
9. Legro, painted village
Just above Orta San Giulio is the hamlet of Legro, a small town where artists from all over Italy and all over Europe dared to tell the story of films shot in the past on Lake Orta through a series of frescoes on the walls of houses.
10. Villa Crespi
Magnificent oriental type villa that you will see from the street at the entrance to Orta. If you wish to visit it, you must book well in advance. In fact, the Crespi villa houses a luxury hotel and a starred restaurant run by the great Chef Antonio Cannavacciuolo.
I can organize as well your excursions: contact me here!
Photographer: Sylvana Ruggeri, Camilla Anchisi, Enrico Mocci | Video: Gulliverfilms