Join the likes of Lord Byron and the countless writers and poets who’ve come here, to Lake Orta, to enjoy its peace and tranquillity in the foothills of the snow covered Alps. The poet, Robert Browning, described Orta as being where ‘the Alps meet heaven’ and we’d have to agree. Hazy horizons and shady shores make it the best place for a relaxing retreat, where you can enjoy the slow pace of life.
The lake may be lesser known than its larger counterpart, Lake Maggiore to the east, but we see that as a real bonus! The main town of Orta San Giulio is built on the slopes of a peninsula that juts out into the lake opposite the idyllic Isola San Gulio – you can catch a boat across to it from the square to see for yourself. But back in town enjoy the romantic atmosphere, quiet cobblestone streets, picturesque little squares and pastel palazzi that overlook the lake. The local trattorias and cafés are something quite special too – where you’ll find all the home-made cakes and mouth-watering food that you’d hope for when you come to Italy – they have a really authentic feel.