Lake Orta, Lombardia and The Lakes - Italian Villa Vacations
Lake Orta, Lombardia and The Lakes
Thanks to the quiet beauty of the landscape, its fascinating history and its wealth of artistic treasures - principally Romanesque and Baroque architecture. Lake Orta has long been the destination of poets, artists and writers.
Lake Orta lies at the west of lake Maggiore in the northern Italy. Far from the chaos and the unpleasant "stress of life", this restful area with its blue water and clean air offers the opportunity to rediscover nature
Mimosas, Palms and Olive trees grow around the lake as well as Azaleas, Camellias and Rhododendron a bit higher up are chestnut forests, at 500 /600 m oaks and birch trees.
The car free town of Orta S Giulio is a little jewel. Visit the 20 frescoed small chapels of the Sacro Monte above Orta San Giulio, with their of terracotta sculptures illustrating scenes from the life of Saint Francis. From Orta charming lakeside square you can admire the island of San Giulio, dominated by the ancient basilica and the convent. A little farther in the inland is the Villa della Porta-Bozzolo in Casalzuigno, a masterpiece of early eighteenth-century landscaping.
There are many possibilities to follow footpaths that lead from the towns and villages through the forests up the hills and mountains.
The Mottarone (height 1385 m.) which divides Lake Maggiore from Lake Orta is equipped with lifts for winter sports. On clear days it offers a charming view of seven lakes, Monte Rosa and the chain of the Alps.
BIKE TRAILS: take the funicular railway from Stresa (tel. ++39-0323-30399) at Lake Maggiore, on which you can take your mountain bike up to the summit (18 minutes journey) and descend from the summit towards the slopes of Lake Orta
WATER SPORTS Lovers of water sports will find places to swim in Lake Orta as well as scuba diving, kayaking, sailing and water skiing-
RIDING There are a number of riding stables at Lake Orta, in Miasino, Egro and Invorio, some of which offer riding courses at various levels.
GOLF Golf Club Des Iles Borromées a Brovello Carpugnino - Motta Rossa, n. 18 holes - mt. 6165 - Par72-S.S.S. 72.
Golf Club Alpino a Gignese, fr. Vezzo, n. 9 holes - mt.5.397 - Par 69-S.S.S.68.
ORTA SIGHTSEEING TOUR and villas seen from lake (20 min. navigation), with stop at S.Giulio's Island it ( about Euro 6,00 )
Milano 88 km -Malpensa 51 km -Stresa 26 km -Genova 197 km -Lugano 63 km
From the rail road station of the village you can reach Milano in about h 1.40 min / 2 h and Torino ( about 2 h )