Lake Orta information – Northitaly Villas
Area tourist tips & advice – Vacation villa rentals!
Lake Orta is one of the most romantic Italian lakes, just next to its bigger brother Lake Maggiore. Lake Orta is a very charming destination out of the usual tourist path and is characterized by Isola San Giulio, the island that rises up out of the center of the lake.
We’ll present you here the Orta lake area where we can propose several exclusive and luxury villa rentals for your dream vacation!
TOWNS & SIGHT SEEING:
The village of Orta San Giulio is the central attraction point of the lake and you’ll quickly discover why. Orta is a lovely medieval hamlet, situated in front of the magnificent island of San Giulio. Explore the cobbled streets, completely traffic free, full of shops and restaurants, stroll along the lakeside, enjoy an aperitivo on the main square watching the boats depart towards the island. Don’t forget to walk up to the Sacro Monte di Orta, a religious complex with 20 chapels: the views of the lake and the island that you can enjoy from the terrace of the Sacro Monte are absolutely priceless.
On the San Giulio Island is the Benedictine abbey of the cloister Mater Ecclesiae (which offers its hospitality to those who wish to make their visit a religious experience) and the “Street of silence,” a cobblestoned way with placards inscribed with points of meditation.
Pettenasco is a small village located on the shore of the lake not far from Orta San Giulio. There’s a lovely lakeside promenade and a few beaches to enjoy.
The town of Omegna, located at the northern end of the lake, has a nice centre with shops and restaurants and a pleasant lakeside promenade. From there you can easily get to Lake Maggiore with on the way several large shopping centres and outlets.
The Mottarone mountain, dividing Lake Orta from Maggiore, is well worth a visit. From its top, located almost 1500m, you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the Prealps, which includes the six lakes placed nearby (Orta, Maggiore, Monate, Mergozzo, Varese, Comabbio). In winter it’s possible to ski there and in summer it’s a great day out for walking around or mountain biking your way down. A cableway connects Mount Mottarone with the town of Stresa, on Lake Maggiore.
NATURE & SPORTS:
The nature around Lake Orta is truly beautiful and worthwhile in every season from the shores of the lake to the hills around, up to the higher mountains. Beaches, water sports, boating are all within easy reach. Enjoy the many scenic walking itineraries, mountain bike trails and natural reserves, and even skiing in winter!
FOOD & GASTRONOMY:
The Lake Orta area and the valleys in its hinterland are renowned in Italy and abroad for the cheeses produced from animals grazing on mountain pastures. Gorgonzola, Formagella, Bettelmatt, Ossolano d’Alpe, even better combined with the high quality honey produced in the area. The local cured meats (raw ham, bresaola, mortadella, salami) are delicious. Discover the various quality wines directly from the cellars of Boca, Ghemme or Gattinara, and continuing on the highway, Montferrat and the beautiful Piedmont rolling vineyards are just slightly further.
You’ll find typical excellent trattorias in every little village and exquisite Michelin starred restaurants around. Wine tours and tasting experiences can be organized, private chefs and cooking classes can come to your home!
So what a wonderful opportunity to discover the Lake Orta destination while relaxing in one of our exclusive rental villas!
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