Lake Orta Hotels & Holidays
Bordered by a wealth of Romanesque and Baroque treasures, Lake Orta...
Bordered by a wealth of Romanesque and Baroque treasures, Lake Orta is situated west of Lake Maggiore and is considered to be the most romantic. The beauty of Lake Orta lies in its tranquillity; visitors can stroll down the cobbled streets of Orta San Giulio and enjoy leisurely boat rides to the enchanting Island of San Giulio, which has picturesque and pretty houses and a famous legend. A memorable Alpine backdrop that includes Sacro Monte, frames this stunning lake which is also known as Lake Cusio.More Information Less Information
Orta San Giulio
The town overlooks the delightful island of San Giulio and is situated on the western edge...
The town overlooks the delightful island of San Giulio and is situated on the western edge of a broad peninsula which slowly climbs in an easterly direction towards its highest point and the chapels of Sacro Monte. In the centre of Orta San Giulio is Piazza Motta which is surrounded by houses and porticoes, hotels, restaurants and bars.
Transfer time from Milan Malpensa airport: approx. 40 minutes.
Pettenasco is a charming hamlet consisting of medieval houses, small beaches and a pretty harbour. The Roman...
Pettenasco is a charming hamlet consisting of medieval houses, small beaches and a pretty harbour. The Roman presence in the area is evident by the discovery of tombs from this period. There is an abundance of superb eateries where a bad meal is hard to find.
Transfer time from Milan Malpensa airport: approx. 1 hour.
- Visit the Island of San Giulio
- Basilica of San Giulio
- Palazzo della Comunità - a 16th Century Church
- Sacro Monte di Orta (Sacred Mountain of Orta/ Holy Hill)
Best Time To Go
Lake Orta is a summer destination, with the season generally running from April to October. Temperatures are at their hottest in July and August and this is when Orta is at its busiest. The climate in the spring and autumn is still warm which makes it perfect for visiting at the beginning or end of season too. For those who want to avoid the busiest crowds but still enjoy warm temperatures, May, June and September are ideal months to visit.
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The closest airport to Lake Orta is Milan Malpensa (MXP). Direct flights to Milan are available from Birmingham, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton and Manchester and take approximately 2 hours.
From Our Experts
Sacro Monte (the Holy Hill) is well worth a visit. This nature reserve is located in a wonderful...
Sacro Monte (the Holy Hill) is well worth a visit. This nature reserve is located in a wonderful panoramic position above the village of Orta San Giulio. It consists of twenty 16th and 18th-century chapels, decorated with frescoes and life-size terracotta statues that tell the story of St. Francis of Assisi's life.
Lisa Pickering, Citalia Concierge