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.
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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.
When 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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