ORTA SAN GIULIO, A DREAM TO...REMEMBER
The charm and fascination of the ancient village of Orta San Giulio are difficult to describe. Orta is the pearl and the heart of the lake. The absence of cars, the old houses with granite portals and wrought iron gates, the narrow lanes, the inner courtyards and the small, typical shops will take the visitor back to the past.
Largely unchanged for centuries Orta is simply enchanting with its typical cobbled streets and archways lined with plenty of bars and restaurants. The peace of the village is slow and unhurried and makes for a perfect place to spend a relaxing holiday.
Take a stroll through the narrow lanes to the main square (Piazza Motta) and enjoy a characteristic Italian dish, drink or excellent wines in one of the typical little cafes and restaurants which offer genuine food and hospitality. No photographs can prepare you to the magic island of San Giulio, which gleams in the water like a fabolous jewel. It is an intricate confection of narrow stone houses squeezed between fine villas with lacy wrought-iron gates and magnolias blooming at the water's edge. On the top of the Orta the Orta promontory there is the Holy mount consisting of twenty chapels in which are recreated some scenes from the life of San Francesco of Assisi. This unspoiled corner of Northern Italy, the breathtaking scenery, together with the artistic and cultural patrimony, will give you the feeling of an unforgettable experience.This area also excels for the mild and healthy climate as testify the sub tropical vegetation with palms, oleanders, camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons, hybiscus, hortenses, kiwiplantations and vineyards.