Lake Orta, Italy: how to reach, what to see and where to eat

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Lake Maggiore autumn reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d’Orta)

09 Nov 2016, 00:30

November in the Italian region of Piedmont is the time of golden autumn and the main festival of the year – the white truffle festival. So in November there is a lot to see and where to take a leisurely walk. In November the nights are getting longer and the days are often so that it’s hard to look at them without tears. I mean, just as rainy. So when planning a trip to this part of northern Italy, you should keep an eye on what weather.com promises here at several points. I would choose Stresa , Orta San Giulio , Turin , Alba , Cuneo as points and follow the trends for 10 days ahead.

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

So that’s what I did, getting ready for this weekend’s trip to Piedmont: a preparation plan for our trip and my notes from the trip This trip is timed to coincide with the opening by S7 airline from December 1, 2016 of a new destination: Moscow – Turin. If anyone does not know – Turin is kind of the capital of Piedmont (Piedmont or “in front of the mountains”, “foothills” – I think that is the meaning of this name). But until S7 did not fly, we will use the services of Aeroflot airline and fly to Milan Malpensa airport.

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Flights to Italy

We took airline tickets to Milan for miles. For money it was about twice as expensive as the Moscow-Bangkok ticket. But it was an extended weekend for the People’s Tolerance Day. On other days you can get cheaper tickets by using the search engine Momondo or Skyscanner (whatever you’re used to) – it’s the same. I’m used to Momondo.

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

What do people go to Piedmont for?

– Tastings and wine tours – Piedmont produces the most famous among expensive Italian wines – Barolo . There are many other wines: reds and whites. But the most famous is Barolo.

– Cooking shows or lessons – in Piedmont the cuisine is peculiar and the reason is the proximity to France. That is to say, mayonnaise with canned tuna, rabbit stew with white sauce, lamb, and of course egg tajarin pasta are in fashion. After taking a cooking class on how to make pasta from flour and egg yolks, I suffered from pain in my hands – you know, when you over-pump a muscle in the gym and it hurts because of the lactic acid in it.

– White truffle during its ripening and extraction period (late October – early December) White truffle, compared to its black counterpart from Umbria, is more fragrant and more aphrodisiac. The truffle appreciates the smell and aftertaste in the mouth. It’s hard to describe, but imagine chewing on a sock filled with garlic. A white truffle doesn’t keep its aroma for long, so it’s the fresh – just found – tuber that’s prized

– Castles and watchtowers on the hills and dominant heights. This is a separate song and with them – with locks it is better to work in the summer, when guaranteed clear skies

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– Ski resorts . There are many and that would be a separate trip in February.

– Shopping in Turin and surroundings. Italy is not just Milan.

– Rest on the lakes, fishing, walking the streets of lakeside towns and hiking in the forest surrounding the lake. There are islands on the lakes and you can put hiking in the category of hikes to visit these islands.

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore how to get there from Milan

I will start with the last point, the lakes. Especially since the two beautiful lakes are not far from Milan Malpensa Airport. By car from the airport to Lake Maggiore drive 20-30 minutes without hurrying. Oh yes – you need a car to travel around Piedmont. Perhaps you can travel from lake to lake, from the vineyard to the truffle exhibition in Alba by bus or train. But I don’t know that. Therefore, I offer to your attention the essay of a motorist.

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Rent a car at Milan airport

It’s easy: went to the site to find and book a car for rent . I chose a car to taste – to my taste for trips to the hills of Piedmont, the best option would be a diesel car with an automatic. That’s the filter I included and from the resulting sample ordered the most inexpensive option: BMW 2 diesel, automatic, 2 big bags, 4 doors. Upon arrival in Malpensa, in exchange for a printed voucher, I got the keys to a Volvo V40 at the Avis desk without much upsetting – it’s a classmate in size, diesel, automatic.

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Yes – I have a regular Russian driver’s license. Yes – I have a debit MasterCard. No – I did not buy additional insurance, leaving the standard, which is included in the price of 6000 rubles for 4 days of rent. No – I have not blocked any deposits on my card. Separately, I will write an article with a non-recommendation at this time to rent a WiFi router – later and the reasons why.

Stresa on Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore is the border between the Italian regions of Lombardy and Piedmont. The northern part of Lake Maggiore is in Switzerland. We were interested in the part of the lake with the islands Isola Bella , Isola La Malghera and Isola Superiore and on the coast in this part of the lake is the town of Stresa. This is the third time I am in Stresa and all the times I am in November. A brief characteristic of the town at this time: it’s quiet, almost deserted, most of the hotels and villas have their blinds down and most of the places to eat are in the restaurants of the working hotels.

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

But there’s something about this quiet. I’m not suggesting we spend the whole weekend here. But it is possible to spend the night here. Hotels for all tastes and wallets can be seen and booked on the

Free parking for cars is on the waterfront at the point where the pleasure boats leave for Bella Island As you go down the serpentine into town, turn to the waterfront and pull into it – turn right and after 300 meters you will see this parking lot on the left. It wasn’t there before, but now there are people in police-like caps walking around the parking lot and offering a boat ride to the island. We had plans to stay overnight in another part of the Piedmont, so a drone went to the island.

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Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

If you have time and are going to stay on Lake Maggiore for 1 day, then I recommend to visit the island Isola Bella, and there on the island to see a very beautiful park Borromeo – a combination of English classicism and depraved luxury of the Italian Baroque terraced pyramid with fountains, statues of half-naked nymphs and peeing boys, and completes all this pagan unicorn and important stomping peacocks in the grass. As for the second half of the island, there is Palazzo Borromeo from the 17th century, a chapel and outbuildings attached to the palace, which now houses several restaurants and cafes. To the island is enough to lay down 2 hours of time. The main thing is to have the company on the boat you can find out at the parking in Stresa how long you can wait for the boat to leave.

Lake Orta and Orta San Giulio

The fastest way to get from Lake Maggiore to Orta is through the tunnels that connect these two lake valleys. If you drive north towards Switzerland along the shore of Maggiore and turn left, after 15 minutes you reach the shore of Lake Horta at its northern end. You can take a longer and thornier route, through the mountains on a serpentine road. In the fall, the road is empty and beautiful. There are a lot of yellow leaves and a lot of slippery leaves on the road – this is something to keep in mind, especially if the road is wet.

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Orta is smaller and, as a result, calmer. The opposite, wilder shore is reflected on Orta’s calm water surface. The construction boom from neighboring lakes has not yet come to these places, so it’s rustic nice and simple.

A large parking lot (free on weekends) is in front of the old center of Orta San Giulio Be careful because after the ZTL line, right after the parking lot, there is a camera. We parked the car and took a walk downstairs.

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

The narrow streets of the old town of Horta San Giulio lead us to the central square of the town, Piazza Motta, a crowded area in November, empty – a few tourists will pass with cameras, take a picture and run away: – or taking the boat to the island of San Giulio so that we walk there along the only street of the island perimeter, Via Meditation and Silence. I think that’s how it’s called because it’s not customary to talk while walking along this street – it’s customary to be silent. – or moving on – towards Maggiore or Switzerland.

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

I recommend sitting at a table on the street in Re di Coppa, in front of the church on chicken legs. Have a glass of Piedmont wines to test, like Nebbiolo and Barbaresco and a plate of tuna tar-tar. It’s still civilized here – further in the Piedmont hinterland you’ll only be offered beef tartar. But it’s true that white truffle is generously chopped into the minced meat.

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

Lake Maggiore in the fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d

If you want to stay for one night here – in Orta San Giulio, then the choice of hotels is also great: 20 best hotels in Orta San Giulio We, after a walk in the fresh air through the narrow streets of the old town, got into the car and entered the GPS name of the city Alba and got ready in 1 hour 30 minutes to be in the capital of white truffles, which we should tell in a separate topic: Weekend in Italy. Alba – white truffle festival in November

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Re: Lake Maggiore fall reviews. Lake Orta (Lago d’Orta).

10 Nov 2016, 11:22 am.

I liked Isola Madre better – both the park and the villa. I was in April – the intoxicating aromas of flowering plants probably act like a drug – you feel so happy, and you don’t want to go anywhere – it seems like you would spend your whole life there.

Lake Orta, Italy: how to reach, what to see and where to eat

Lake Orta is considered one of the most romantic lakes in Italy . It is a peaceful place with a rich history and breathtaking views. When travelers want to relax and spend a few hours or a weekend away from the hustle and bustle, this place is perfect!

It may be a little-known lake compared to neighboring lakes Maggiore and Como, but it has its advantages. The secret to its charm is that it is in a picturesque setting. Less chaotic than the more famous nearby lakes, Lake Orta is perfect for those looking for a magical and less “touristy” atmosphere.

1. How to get to Lake Orta

Orta or Cusio is located in Piedmont, just west of Lake Maggiore. It is a lake located west of the prealpine lakes of northern Italy and has an area of about 18 square kilometers.

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1. How to get to Lake Orta

The nearest airport is Malpensa, 42 km from the lake. By car, you can get to Lake Orta by freeway A26 (Genova Voltri / Gravellona Toce) with the exit Gravellona Toce (towards Omegna – 18 km) or with the exit Borgomanero (towards Borgomanero – 16 km). Or take the A8 / A26 (Milan Lakes / Gravellona Toce) to the Arona exit, direction Borgomanero, km 12.

  • By train – line Domodossola – Novara (connection from Milan and Turin): station Orta San Giulio fr. Legro / Omegna, via station Vaemenia / Crusinallo.
  • From Milan it will take you 2 hours (1 transfer);
  • From Como – 3 hours (2 to 3 transfers);
  • From Turin – 2 hours and 20 minutes, always with a connection.
  • From Como the journey by bus is one hour (83 km). From Turin 126 km in one hour twenty. From Milan 84 km in one hour.

2. Attractions .

Among the nature reserves, ancient Romanesque basilicas, panoramic balconies and individual villages, you can choose what to see on Lake Orta.

2.1 The village of Horta San Giulio . Considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, this is a place not to be missed while visiting the lake. Tourists can admire the village as they stroll through its traditional streets and see palaces, elegant arcades and villas, stores and local taverns.

The heart of the village is Piazza Motta, full of restaurants and stores, from where the ferries to the island of San Giulio depart. We recommend a visit to Santa Maria Assunta church with its numerous frescoes and Villa Bossi, from which you can enjoy spectacular scenery.

  • How to get there: from the train station of Orta Mascino, it is a 700 meters walk to the center. If you drive, you can leave it in one of the numerous parking lots and continue on foot.
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2. Attractions .

2.2 Hotel Sacro Monte d’Orta . Hotel Sacro Monte d’Orta is located in a hilly area overlooking Orta San Giulio and is dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi. From here you can start visiting the chapels, almost 20 of them decorated with frescoes with episodes from the lives of San Francesco and San Nicola di Mira. From the mountain you have a stunning view of the lake and Horta San Giulio.

  • How to get there: from Piazza Motta in Orta, you can reach it via Palma. The path is 1.5 km, about 26 minutes on foot.

2.3 San Giulio Island . The island of San Giulio is located at the front of Orta and is a jewel of the lake: small and charming. Here are the Abbey of the nuns and the Basilica of San Giulio. On arriving at the island you can see the staircase and the only road along the perimeter that can be followed, the “path of path and meditation”: a perfect combination of spirituality and architecture, it is a peaceful corner full of houses, courtyards and views.

  • How to get there: the pier of Horta San Giulio is in Piazza Motta. From the west shore of the lake you can take the ferry from Pella, San Filiberto or Lagna.

2.4 Basilica of San Giulio . The Basilica of San Giulio is a jewel worth seeing. Its Romanesque façade and staircase overlook the lake, creating beautiful reflections in the water. The building was severely damaged under Otto I, and today some Romanesque elements and the original presbytery remain. Of particular importance are only the black marble Oire pulpit and the crypt where the remains of San Giulio are preserved.

  • How to get there: it is located in the center of the island and, since there is only one road to take, it will be easy to find.

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2. Attractions .

2.5 Omegna Village . Omegna, a small village north of Orta San Giulio, founded by the Romans, crosses the Nigoglia canal, along which you can walk to Parco della Fantasia, a place dedicated to children in honor of Gianni Rodari, who spent his early years here. We recommend the church of San Gaudenzio.

  • How to get there: by car or by train (Novara-Domodossola line, Omenia station). By bus: VCO Trasporti Lines from Verbania, Domodossola, Novara / SAF Solcio Stresa Omegna Line / Strona Valley – Omegna Forno – Omegna Luzzogno – Omegna Germagno.

2.6 City of Pella . Situated on the opposite shore of Orta San Giulio, Pella is a small town with a beautiful view of the lake. Here you can once again admire the island of San Giulio. Here you can see Piazza di Rialzo, decorated by the church of San Giovanni Battista, which includes 4 chapels inside and one wide nave, and the parish church of Sant’Albino with a notable mosaic floor and some works by Giovanni Valtorta.

  • How to get there: by car. By train – the station is in Gozzano (Novara – Domodossola section). By bus: the routes run along the Trasporti Comazzi line .
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2. Attractions .

2.7 Madonna del Sasso . The sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso is located on a rock overlooking the lake in the Borgo di Boleto area. The sanctuary has a dome painted with frescoes by Lorenzo Peracino, sculptor and painter. There is also a painting by Fermo Stella da Caravaggio, a disciple of Gaudenzio Ferrari, “The Overthrow of Christ.” Most striking of all, however, is the fact that you can admire the whole pool from here: for this reason the sanctuary has been nicknamed “Balcony of Cusio”.

  • How to get there: by car. By train, the nearest train station is Gozzano (10 km).

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2. Attractions .

3. The most beautiful beaches of Lake Orta

  • Ortello: a free beach located in Orta, right behind Villa Crespi, which can be reached on foot from the historic center.
  • Miami Beach: also in Orta San Giulio, it is an equipped beach that has a restaurant, bar, rental of umbrellas and sun loungers.
  • Lido di Gozzano: probably the most equipped beach on the lake, offering the widest range of services. It also has the highest diving board on the lake in Europe.

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3. The most beautiful beaches of Lake Orta

  • Rialaccio Municipal Beach: another free beach located in the village of Roncallo sul Lago in Pella. From here you have a beautiful view of the island of San Giulio.
  • Dolphin Beach: located in Pettenasco, offers both free and equipped area with restaurant, bathroom, showers and bar.
  • Pascolo Beach: another free municipal beach, located next to a notable kiosk.
  • Orta Beach – Luci sul lago: a private beach located by the restaurant Luci sul Lago, about 1 km from the center of Orta San Giulio. It is equipped with umbrellas, sun loungers and has various services.

4. Where to eat: The best places

  • Restaurant La Tavernella in Bassilico Carmine – The restaurant overlooking Lake Horta has a traditional cuisine, the dishes vary according to the season.
  • Piazza Motta Pier – a romantic place with a view of the lake and fish delicacies on the menu.

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4. Where to eat: The best places

  • L’Ustaria C dal Rat is an elegant restaurant overlooking the lake that serves gourmet sushi and seafood dishes from fresh and quality produce.

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4. Where to eat: The best places

  • Villa Crespi – Michelin-starred restaurant by Chef Antonino Cannavacciolo, which offers regional haute cuisine.

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4. Where to eat: The best places

  • Al Boeuc is a small restaurant/wine bar with delicious typical Piedmontese dishes, especially meat dishes.

5. Where to stay

Certainly Horta San Giulio is the most recommended city to stay in since, being in the central point, you can easily reach the other side of the lake (in 20 minutes). The lowest prices are the areas near the train station, because by the lake will be overpriced for overnight stays. For the same reasons, Pella is a strategic location right across from Orta.

Finally, you can stay in Omegna, which is a large village (compared to others in the area) and therefore offers different accommodation options at affordable prices. The village is located in the far north of the lake, and it takes about half an hour to get to the opposite side, such as Gozzano.

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