Orta San Giulio on the Lake

The charming town of Orta San Giulio is situated on the shores of Lake Orta, one of Italy’s lesser known lakes.

Whilst everyone heads to Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, this small lake continues to induce a spell over those that visit. Within the eighteen square metre lake lies Isola San Giulio, a small island that is home to the 12th-century Basilica di San Giulio that houses some wonderful frescoes.

Isola San Giulio on Lake Orta

Isola San Giulio on an overcast day!

 

Park your car on the edge of the town and walk down through the cobbled streets to the main square on the edge of the lake. The pedestrian only streets will take you past outdoor cafes, frescoed houses, beautiful gardens and old stone churches.

Orta San Giulio

The view of the lake from the streets of Orta San Giulio

 

Orta San Giulio

The town of Orta San Giulio

 

Being only 50 kms from Malpensa Airport, Orta San Giulio is perfect for a stop the night before leaving Italy. Stay at one of the many family run hotels and let this gorgeous little town be your last memory of Italy.

 

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This post is part of the 2014 A to Z Challenge You can read all the posts on my theme “Off the Beaten Track”  here 

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12 Responses to Orta San Giulio on the Lake

  1. Contented Traveller April 17, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

    Love it. This is my type of place

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

      Cute isn’t it. I could have easily spent a few days there.

  2. Calli April 17, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

    Stunning! I’d love to explore Italy’s lakes, maybe even run into George Clooney or one of his pals 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

      It’s a great spot. George is on Lake Como but I’m sure he’d visit if he knew you were here!

  3. Ann April 18, 2014 at 1:18 am #

    Another home run! I need to go here sometime. Actually, I just need to have you plan my travels moving forward.

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

      Thanks Ann. Happy to help any time!!

  4. Daidri | Thee Getaway Gal April 18, 2014 at 1:56 am #

    Oh Italy! I have only visited Italy once and talk regularly about going back. There’s so much to see and this beautiful lake I had never heard of. The thought of walking on the cobblestone and stopping at a little cafe is dreamy.

  5. Corinne April 18, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

    What a gorgeous little place. I would love to go there!

  6. Denise Hammond April 18, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

    How beautiful. I got to drive around Lake Maggiore last year and would love to go back and spend more time in that area.

  7. Wendy June 21, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    This is very interesting. The Italian lakes (via St Petersburg) is my next trip. But I do want to avoid the tourist places that everyone goes to. That’s why I like Arezzo and Bologna.

    • Jenny Freedman June 24, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

      That’s quite a detour Wendy! The lakes are beautiful,…don’t forget Lake Orta. It’s not as busy as Lake Garda or Lake Como!

    • Jenny Freedman June 24, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

      That’s quite a detour Wendy! The lakes are beautiful,…don’t forget Lake Orta. It’s not as busy as Lake Garda or Lake Como!

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