Attractions

Island in Orta San Giulio

Isola San Giulio

Anchored barely 500m in front of Piazza Mario Motta is Isola San Giulio. The island is dominated by the 12th-century Basilica di San Giulio, full of vibrant frescoes that alone make a trip to the island worthwhile. …
Village in Lake Orta

Orta San Giulio

Overlooking the forest-lined banks of the shimmering Lake Orta, this tiny village has abundant allure. There’s something magical about rising early and heading for a coffee on Piazza Mario Motta, gazing across at th…
Area in Lake Orta

Valstrona

This picturesque region northwest of Lake Orta makes for a splendid day's drive. West out of Omegna, 14km of winding valley road follows a deep river gorge, the Torrente Strona, on a verdant, meandering course north…
Chapel in Orta San Giulio

Sacro Monte di San Francesco

Beyond the lush gardens and residences that mark the hill rising behind Orta is a kind of parallel ‘town’ – the sacro monte, where 20 small chapels dedicated to St Francis of Assisi dot the hillside. The views down …
Piazza in Orta San Giulio

Piazza Mario Motta

Here's a picture of how life really should be lived: rise early and head for a coffee on Piazza Mario Motta, gazing across at the sun-struck Isola San Giulio in the early morning quiet. From your vantage point, cont…
Church in Orta San Giulio

Basilica di San Giulio

This atmospheric church is the main attraction on the tiny Isola San Giulio and was built over various periods dating back to the 9th century. Its bell tower and medieval pulpit date from the 12th century. Frescoes …
Church in Orta San Giulio

Chiesa dell'Assunta

A short walk uphill from the Piazza Mario Motta on the waterfront, this church dates back to the 15th century, though it was rebuilt in the 1700s. It has a fresco-covered interior with a few intriguing paintings inc…
Historic Building in Orta San Giulio

Villa Motta

Perched right over the lake, the picturesque Villa Motta was built in the second half of the 19th century, and fringed by colourful gardens. Unfortunately, the villa opens only for private events and is generally cl…