Lake Orta, Italy's undiscovered gem and charming destination

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Feb 52024Lake Orta, Italy's undiscovered gem and charming destination Nestled in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, Lake Orta is a tranquil oasis of natural beauty and historical charm. Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, Lake Como, this underrated gem offers visitors a serene and authentic experience away from the crowds. From picturesque villages to breathtaking vistas, here are some activities and recommendations to make the most of your visit to Lake Orta.
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Explore Orta San Giulio
 Begin your exploration with a visit to the charming town of Orta San Giulio, perched on the eastern shore of the lake. Wander through the cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored buildings and visit the Basilica di San Giulio, a centuries-old church that boasts stunning frescoes and panoramic views of the lake. Don't miss the opportunity to take a boat to Isola San Giulio, a tiny island with a serene atmosphere and a Benedictine monastery. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Sacro Monte di Orta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its stunning chapels and panoramic views of the lake.

Orta San Giulio

Piazza Motta
 Immerse yourself in the local atmosphere by spending time in Piazza Motta, the main square of Orta San Giulio. Surrounded by cafes and restaurants, the square offers a perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely meal while taking in the views of the lake and the island. Relax with a cup of coffee or indulge in some traditional Italian gelato as you soak up the ambiance.

Village in Lake Orta

Take a Boat Tour
 Experience the beauty of Lake Orta from the water by taking a leisurely boat tour. Cruise around the lake and admire its emerald-green waters, lush hillsides, and enchanting villas. Stop by the Isola San Giulio, a tiny island with a picturesque monastery and a tranquil atmosphere perfect for relaxation and reflection. Dive into the refreshing waters of Lake Orta or embark on a boat tour to explore the lake's shoreline from a different perspective. Kayaking, paddleboarding, and sailing are popular activities, allowing you to enjoy the tranquility of the lake while surrounded by the stunning Alpine scenery.

Kayak in Lake Orta

Visit Villa Crespi
 Indulge in a touch of luxury by visiting the Villa Crespi, a stunning Moorish-style palace overlooking the lake. Built in the late 19th century, this architectural gem now houses a Michelin-starred restaurant and a boutique hotel. Even if you're not staying overnight, you can still enjoy a gourmet meal or a guided tour of the villa's opulent interiors.

Villa Crespi

Hike in the Surrounding Hills
 Lace up your hiking boots and explore the scenic trails that wind through the hills surrounding Lake Orta. From easy strolls to more challenging hikes, there are routes suitable for every level of fitness. Along the way, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the lake and the surrounding countryside.

Hiking Trails

Relax by the Shore
 Take some time to unwind and soak up the tranquil atmosphere of Lake Orta by simply lounging by the shore. Find a quiet spot along the lakefront, spread out a picnic blanket, and enjoy a leisurely afternoon soaking up the sun and watching the boats drift by.

Boat Tour

The best luxury villas to rent in Lake d'Orta
 The Italian Lakes District in the North of Italy has been a fashionable destination since Roman times. Rent a high-end villa for your luxury holiday in the Italian Lakes District region and marvel at its unmatched charm.

Casa Lake Orta


casa lake orta

 22    11    13
Lake D'Orta, Pella
Price On demand

palazzo giolli

 8    4    6
Lake D'Orta, Vacciago Di Ameno
from 7,550 to 9,500 € / week