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House on Lake Orta: the ideal holiday

Spending a holiday in a house on Orta Lake is a relaxing and dynamic experience at the same time. If the visitor's intention is to spend a holiday surrounded by nature, walking, outdoor activities, art and good food, nothing is better than Orta Lake and Orta San Giulio.

A holiday in a house on Orta Lake usually lasts for a weekend or 3/4 days between the weekend. Only in summer and spring, holidays on Orta Lake include a stay of one or more weeks. During the weekend, Orta Lake comes alive incredibly with people and cultural and musical events. A holiday in a house on Orta Lake is ideal for enjoying a few days of tranquillity, but if you are dynamic you can practice many activities: from long walks in the woods to trekking, from visits to numerous places of cultural interest to water activities , from scuba diving to cycling along the numerous paths.

Orta Lake is a little jewel to be discovered, full of atmosphere, with many things to see and do in all seasons. Orta Lakeis not among the best known lakes in Italy and perhaps this is also its charm. It is in Piedmont, in the province of Novara. It is surrounded by lush greenery interspersed with small towns, real jewels to be discovered. The most important is Orta San Giulio, much loved by families also because cars cannot circulate in the historic centre, you have to park and get off on foot with a nice walk, or use the shuttle/train that takes you down from the Sacro Monte and from Legro.

A holiday in a house on Orta Lake offers many attractions to see such as the ancient palaces or the OrtArte gallery where you can buy collector's items. Continuing the walk you come out on Via Bossi, then Via Olina, the main road that leads to Piazza Motta, the central square from which the holiday home is only 30 meters away. From the pier in Piazza Motta, boats leave every few minutes to take you to the island of San Giulio, a small island in the center of the lake, an inimitable complex of ancient palaces, villas overlooking the water and medieval architecture.

Once you arrive on the island, you can visit the suggestive Basilica built in the XII century. The church and its Romanesque bell tower offer a unique view, inside you can see the pipe organ and many frescoes. From the island you can enjoy a unique panorama of the lake, it takes just a few minutes to go around but it's nice to get lost in the narrow streets, enjoy the calm while sitting in complete relaxation. A holiday in a house on Orta Lake also offers you the opportunity to taste the culinary specialties of the well-known chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo. In fact, in Orta San Giulio there is Villa Crespi, a historic residence and today home to the famous restaurant of the pentastellato Chef.

Lake Orta holiday home. The bedroom

Holiday home on LAKE ORTA: THE BEDROOM

Holiday home on LAKE ORTA offers a comfortable double bedroom.

Lake Orta holiday home. The kitchen


Holiday home on LAKE ORTA has a kitchen complete with small appliances.

Lake Orta holiday home. The living room


Holiday home on LAKE ORTA offers a bright living room that overlooks a small square adjacent to the main square in the historic center of Orta San Giulio.

Lake Orta holiday home. The bathroom


Holiday home on LAKE ORTA has a bathroom complete with sink, toilet, bidet, comfortable shower cabin and washing machine.

Holiday in the house on Orta Lake: a convenient and comfortable stay

The house on Orta Lake is about 50 square meters, it is located on the first floor of via Bersani 19, in Orta San Giulio. Walked the half flight of stairs you enter the entrance. The apartment consists of a large living room, a double bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen. The accommodation also has a large garage (one minute on foot) which is very important given the constant influx of tourists and the limited number of parking spaces.

The house on Orta Lake can accommodate a maximum of 5 people (4 plus an additional bed on request). The entire house is decked with ship's deck timber which gives it a look of rustic elegance. The apartment is located in the historic center of Orta San Giulio, fifty meters from the lake (visible from the small balcony). The house on Orta Lake is ideal for both couples and families with children, for a few days of relaxation in a unique location in the world.

The entrance is bright and opens onto the corridor which allows access to the living room. On the left side is the kitchen, comfortable and equipped with small appliances, pots and pans. The apartment enjoys excellent brightness coming from the door / window of the balcony. The living room is very bright and comfortable. There is a sofa / double bed in front of the television and, if necessary, an additional bed. Also here in the living room there is a small balcony overlooking the square adjacent to Piazza Motta. From the living room, a sliding door leads to the bathroom equipped with a washing machine. The double bedroom window opens directly onto the alley, a peaceful and quiet environment at night. The position of the room is optimal: not being exposed to the sun, it maintains a cool temperature, even on the hottest summer nights.

The house on LAKE ORTA: Orta San Giulio is a small village
belonging to the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy

Orange flag of the Italian Touring Club, Orta San Giulio and LAKE ORTA are ideal for couples and families. A magnificent holiday in a house on LAKE ORTA dedicated to romance and a relaxing stay.

Orange flag of the Italian Touring Club

Tips for a special weekend. The ideal holiday at the house on Orta Lake.

Arriving in the late afternoon with the panoramic road to the parking lot north of the town of Orta San giulio, one of the panoramas unfolds over the heart of Orta Lake with the roofs of the historic center of Orta, the waters and the island of San Giulio that you almost seem to touch with your hand. You can park in the comfortable and large garage a few steps from the holiday home on Orta Lake, before an aperitif or dinner in one of the characteristic bars in the center which is always closed to traffic.

A platter of local cured meats, including the typical Ortese liver mortadella and tasty smoked ham from nearby Val Vigezzo, and a taste of cheeses with the ever-present toma del Mottarone, one of the best Piedmontese mountain pasture cheeses, and Bettelmatt from Formazza and Antigorio valleys allow you to immerse yourself in the best of the flavors of this corner of northern Piedmont. To find out about the restaurants in Orta San Giulio click here

Leaving the holiday home on Orta Lake, the walk can only start from the heart of the village of Orta, in the picturesque Piazza Motta, the day on the eastern shore of the cleanest lake in Europe. The square is a gracious living room overlooking the water, where there is also the small port from where boats leave for the island of San Giulio.

The square overlooked by bars and shops is beautiful and colorful, as are the many narrow and winding alleys that climb up to the vault of the Sacro Monte. From the square starts the climb called "Motta", paved with stones and flanked by interesting historic buildings. Not to be missed, at the top of the street, is the church of Santa Maria Assunta. Second part of the morning at the Sacro Monte di Orta Nature Reserve which dominates the village from above. Located in the hilly area overlooking the village and which is divided between the wooded area and the sacred area.

The itinerary of twenty chapels dedicated to episodes from the life of San Francesco d'Assisi, with frescoes and sculptures. Afternoon on the island of San Giulio. Departure from the small port of Orta and trip on the clear waters of the lake resting your gaze on the wilder western shore, while the boat slowly approaches the island. The island is dominated by the basilica of San Giulio and the nearby Palazzo del Vescovo. Today it is inhabited by Benedictine cloistered nuns. It can be reached by landing by boat on a grassy area in its southern area. A single street follows the perimeter of the island, a succession of residences and palaces, luxuriant gardens, courtyards, shops and restaurants.

The Romanesque jewel of the island is the basilica of San Giulio, with a façade and staircase that overlooks the water. Return to Orta after a new trip on the waters of the lake, looking towards the sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso, the small port of Pella and the distant Tower of Buccione, located on the top of a hill in the southern area of ??Cusio.

Leaving the holiday home on Orta Lake, Omegna is the first destination on Sunday. Main center of Cusio, it rises at the northern end, on the slopes of Mottarone. Center with a marked industrial propensity, it is the birthplace of Alfonso Bialetti, a well-known entrepreneur and founder of the homonymous industry, and of Gianni Rodari, journalist, writer and poet.

Worth seeing in the city are the late Romanesque church of Sant'Ambrogio, with its high bell tower, the ancient bridge with two arches from the 15th century, the Roman gate, dating back to 1100, the only one left of the five entrances to the city in the Middle Ages.

Second part of the morning in Nonio, reachable along the provincial road that slowly climbs along the waters and offering exciting panoramas. Land of green-grey quarries, it is the "town of two sunsets", in fact, on certain days of the year, the sun, after disappearing behind Mount Castello, reappears for a few minutes, and then sets definitively. Afternoon that opens in Cesara, a mountain village located on the heights of the western shore of Orta Lake. 

Second half of the afternoon at the extraordinary sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso, located on the top of a granite rock overhanging Orta Lake. Called Cusio's balcony, it offers a spectacular view of the entire basin from the square in front of the church. Those who arrive there for the first time are enchanted by the view and the location of the Baroque church with its beautiful frescoed dome.

Second part of the afternoon by the lake, in the picturesque village of Pella, in the shade of the vertiginous granite wall that supports the sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso, to breathe a little more of the magical atmosphere of the lake and enjoy the view of the island of San Giulio, this time with in the background, on the other bank, the village of Orta dominated by its Sacro Monte.

End of the weekend at the table to enjoy a good stuffed perch roll to continue with a filet of whitefish alla meunière, both to be accompanied by a good Piedmontese white wine. Evening on the lakefront to enjoy the crisp evening air and the warm lights of the island.

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