Just two miles along the coast from Orta San Giulio lies Pettenasco, a tiny lakeside comune best noted for its handful of excellent restaurants. Its medieval houses, small beach and pretty harbour also help make it one of Lake Orta’s most picturesque locations – we highly recommend exploring the village on foot to truly appreciate its beauty. The local restaurants focus on serving locally sourced cuisine, plus there are often some great wines to enjoy alongside your meal, too.
When it comes to getting out and about, it’s easy to reach the nearby town of Orta San Giulio, which is just around the cove. Best known for its jaw-dropping island, Isola San Giulio, this pretty town is a great place to spend an afternoon strolling the medieval streets or enjoying the views from the lakefront promenade.
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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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