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Top Choice Agriturismo in Orta San Giulio

Cucchiaio di Legno

Delicious home cooking emerges from the kitchen of this honest-to-goodness agriturismo (farm-stay accommodation); expect fish fresh from the lake, and salami and cheese from the surrounding valleys. When eating al f…
Top Choice Modern Italian in Orta San Giulio

Locanda di Orta

Some of Orta's most creative cooking is served up in the wisteria-draped Locanda di Orta, squeezed into the heart of the old town. It's a supremely stylish, intimate affair (it only seats around 17 people) where cul…
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…
Piedmontese in Orta San Giulio

Enoteca Al Boeuc

This candlelit stone cavern has been around since the 16th century. These days it offers glasses of fine wines (try the velvety Barolo) and snacks including mixed bruschette with truffles and mushrooms, meat and che…
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…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Lake Orta

Alessi

Established in the small town of Omegna on Lago d'Orta in 1921, Alessi went on to transform modern kitchens with humorous, ultracool utensils designed by a pantheon of great-name architect-designers, including Achil…
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 …