Lake Orta
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  • Sam D
    Wymondham, United Kingdom167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful excusion from Stresa
    We took the Thursday afternoon excursion from Stresa with Viaggi Tomassucci. Their tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. It included three boat transfers to the island San Giulio with a guided tour and time to explore, and our guide looked after us all along the way. Beautiful day,
    Visited July 2023
    Written 31 July 2023
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful lake - worth a visit
    We visited here by public boat (Navigazione Lago d'Orta) and this allowed us to access San Giulio and gave us a nice ride on the lake. The lake is beautiful and not as crowded as Lake Como. We really enjoyed our ride and our visit to the area. If you are in Stresa or nearby, taking a trip to Lake Orta is well-worth it.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Lynette
    Lancaster District, United Kingdom77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful lake with different atmosphere from the larger lakes in northern Italy.
    Lots of visiting opportunities here by boat. Lovely scenery. The island of St. julius with its fabulous church is a must. Interesting history and intriguing to hear that the island’s population consists of 80 cloistered nuns and just one other family. Rota itself is a pretty little town.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 September 2023
  • Anuj_Mithani
    Mumbai, India4,504 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning lake
    Lake Orta has an interesting history : it was once considered one of the most polluted lakes in the world, due to effluent discharge from a steel plant in the north and a synthetic rayon textile mill in the south (both closed down). Due to the sustained efforts of local communities, the lake was cleaned up and is now a case study in rehabilitation. It's a beautiful lake, we visited the San Giulio Island and also the charming town of Orta San Giulio. It's unfortunate that public transport connections here are sketchy - the SAF bus from Stresa to Orta only runs June to September - I hope that is being reconsidered to improve access.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 June 2024
  • INKA97
    Frankfurt, Germany525 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Tell Anybody
    A real hidden gem. A beatiful place. Realy cozy, nearly romantic. The other lakes, Como, Maggiore and Garda are the ugly sisiters. Unfortunaltly it starts to get crowed here too. So either come in the early morning or after 4 p.m. Acctualy I should not comment on this lake , just to keep the otherones away ;)
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 July 2024
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Gillian M
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Orta is a lovely place and offers a variety of different activities (hiking, water sports, mountain biking) as well as some good hotels and restaurants. It is also a tranquil place to chill and rest. The one thing though it is really poor on is public transport. There are boats doing lake trips but the timetables can leave you stranded in places for hours, taxis are virtually non existent unless you book in advance and buses few and far between. There are trains (also a bit infrequent), between Orta-Miasino and Pettenasco but the station for the former is a fair bit inland and quite a walk to the main hub of life in Orta. You really have to plan hard to be able to get about. I have been visiting Italy for decades and know of no other place so badly served if you don’t have a car and are having to rely on public transport.
Written 9 May 2024
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Jeanne G
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Lake Orta enchanted me by its otherworldly simplicity, isolation, winding path and that deep misty shade of blue that washed over the whole scene. It is less touristy than Como and has the added attraction of the island with a castle and monastery in the middle of the lake. Adjacent Orta San Giulio isalso a joy to explore as it has a timeless medieval ambience with narrow streets, arches, ancient structures and cobbles.
Written 19 November 2022
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Anuj_Mithani
Mumbai, India4,504 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Lake Orta has an interesting history : it was once considered one of the most polluted lakes in the world, due to effluent discharge from a steel plant in the north and a synthetic rayon textile mill in the south (both closed down). Due to the sustained efforts of local communities, the lake was cleaned up and is now a case study in rehabilitation. It's a beautiful lake, we visited the San Giulio Island and also the charming town of Orta San Giulio. It's unfortunate that public transport connections here are sketchy - the SAF bus from Stresa to Orta only runs June to September - I hope that is being reconsidered to improve access.
Written 24 June 2024
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Clive
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Booked a coach trip from Stressa to Lake Orta (via Arona) 41 Euros each. Well worth it! Guide Mateo was excellent. You must go over to the island whilst in Orta (boat 4.50euro return). Free entry on island. Avoid weekends as it will be absolutely full of locals (and I don't blame them).
A gem of a place. But visit soon as it is becoming more popular and busier.
Written 31 May 2022
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We visited here by public boat (Navigazione Lago d'Orta) and this allowed us to access San Giulio and gave us a nice ride on the lake. The lake is beautiful and not as crowded as Lake Como. We really enjoyed our ride and our visit to the area. If you are in Stresa or nearby, taking a trip to Lake Orta is well-worth it.
Written 7 August 2023
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INKA97
Frankfurt, Germany525 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A real hidden gem. A beatiful place. Realy cozy, nearly romantic. The other lakes, Como, Maggiore and Garda are the ugly sisiters.
Unfortunaltly it starts to get crowed here too. So either come in the early morning or after 4 p.m.
Acctualy I should not comment on this lake , just to keep the otherones away ;)
Written 10 July 2024
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John F
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Lake Orta is a lovely lake….but *don’t go to Orta San Giulia*. The issue is crowding and lack of facilities. So, what we learned on a disastrous visit, is that if you arrive and the multi-storey car park is full….turn right around and leave. Do not wait for a slot, do not try and find another parking spot, because a) It will take you over an hour and b) When the car park is full, the town is *full*.
You won’t get anything to eat or drink in the entire town. Not “wait an hour for a table”, just Not Today. Also, there will be nowhere to sit anywhere in the entire town. Every bench will be already full. You will just be trudging around cobbled streets with no rest, until you finally give up and leave. Oh, and the boat to Isola San Giulia will be rammed to the gills with tour parties, so don’t assume you can sit down on that, and when you get to Isola San Giulia there’s nowhere to sit, eat or drink on the entire of “Prison Island” either.
It’s a lovely view of the lake….But then, it’s the same lovely view of the lake from the other towns around it. Don’t go to Orta San Giulia.
Written 19 May 2024
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Greg P
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Orta is quieter and far less developed than many of the bigger Italian lakes. Pretty, scenic, relaxed, older buildings, more rural feel.
Better for kayaking or lake swimming.
Good walks.
Def worth 1-2 nights here if going to Lake Maggiore as only 35 mins driving be.
Written 4 July 2023
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angelaofcastleton
Rochdale, UK545 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
One of the smaller Lakes in the area but worth a visit. Take the boat ride (every 10 mins from the Market Square) across to San Giulio island. It will only take about an hour to see the place as much of it is private. Not commercialised and peaceful. The church is very old and full of character. The town is pretty with a busy market square. The Orta Market Restaurant in the square provides good value meals.
Written 17 June 2023
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Lynette
Lancaster District, UK77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Lots of visiting opportunities here by boat. Lovely scenery. The island of St. julius with its fabulous church is a must. Interesting history and intriguing to hear that the island’s population consists of 80 cloistered nuns and just one other family. Rota itself is a pretty little town.
Written 22 September 2023
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