PWk: Prod, Tlk: GS2, Datacash: Live
Orta San Giulio enjoys a privileged location on Lake Orta's most prominent peninsula, moments from Isola San Giulio. Lake Orta is one of the region’s best-kept secrets, so you’ll find Orta San Giulio to be pleasingly calm, despite its beauty. Cluttered around a tiny harbour, the town is made up of just a few streets, packed with colourful fishing houses and backed by the verdant hillside.
Top of the sightseeing list for most visitors is the breathtaking Isola San Giulio – a tiny offshore island decorated with palaces and church buildings. Measuring just 900 feet by 450 feet, this beautiful island is dominated by a 12th-century Romanesque basilica, and can be reached easily by boat.
One of the town’s lesser-known delights is the extraordinary UNESCO-listed Sacro Monte di Orta – a sacred Roman Catholic complex made up of more than 20 chapels. Situated high above the town, this is one of a number of such complexes found throughout the region.