Escursioni e percorsi lago d’Orta in Piemonte
A holiday on Lake Orta will not be complete without having enjoyed some of the many excursions in the area, either on foot or by bike. In the plains around the most fascinating lake in Italy, on the paths or along the marked walks, high up in the hills or in the mountains, you will find a new dimension to your enjoyment. Of course, if you arrive by car or have opted for a two-wheeled holiday with or without a motor, you will have the opportunity to discover and explore the many localities not only of Lake Orta but also of nearby Lake Maggiore, as well as the valleys of ‘Ossola and also of Valsesia. Arriving at the destination and then following paths or rivers, according to the interests and means chosen, the different excursions can also be very exciting.
Cascina Tumas Orta Lake in Pettenasco in the province of Novara in the Piedmont region is an elegant and refined building with 10 holiday flats of various dimensions and fittings as you can see in the descriptions of the different flats below (at the moment only the 5 flats on the second floor are available but in a short time also the 5 flats on the first floor will be ready). The family-run establishment allows our guests to feel “at home”, to appreciate the managers’ kindness and helpfulness and guarantees a holiday in a welcoming environment on a human scale. All the flats have got a wonderful and picturesque view on Lake Orta from their balconies fitted with small tables and chairs facing the garden. Cascina Tumas offers our guests the possibility to moor boats and motorboats in front of the establishment on the way down to the lake, at 4 buoys and in a covered boathouse. Beach mattresses, deckchairs and umbrellas by the lakeside are available for our guests’ moments of relaxation and rest. Cascina Tumas takes its name from an old farmhouse built at the beginning of the XXth century, a family property which has been restored, refurbished […]
Via Passeggiata a lago 54 Pettenasco
Al Pescone Appartment holiday Welcome home… Alessandro & Natasha welcome you! We are happy to host you in our home and we wiil do our best to make your stay unique. You can use a complete flat with a double bed room, a living room with a french double bed, a fully equipped kitchen, a wide bathroom with shower and washmachine and a small balcony for outdoor lunches. From Alessandro e Natasha you can get all the useful information for local sightseeing, in Italian English French Finnish Russian and Estonian Available on request: Garage and assistance for mountain trips.
Via Fara Forni Gino, 18, 28028 Pettenasco NO
★★ Hotel Leone’s restaurant, open since 1854, welcomes you to its site. Managed for 150 years by the same family, it is a small hotel with restaurant, ideal for discovering the beauty of the Valle dello Strona or to find a quiet corner near Lake Orta.
piazza IV Novembre 9 Forno di Valstrona (Vb)
A DELIGHTFUL ENIGMA THAT REVEALS ITS GOODNESS AT TABLE Classic and creative cuisine where the waters of the lake really are a deeper blue, beyond the Crabbia promontory. Food here is a mixture of fantasy and tradition, surrounded by the green hills which rise from the lake towards the mountain called Mottarone. Not simply a restaurant but an experience of cuisine seeking authentic flavours produced locally, with marked attention for the seasons, freshness and quality. You sit at table with a view of Lake Orta and imaginative dishes that have been well thought out and are rich as well as served with attention and warm interest. Next door the Residence with fashionable Pub, offering food and football matches on their enormous TV screen.
via Provinciale, 48 28028 Pettenasco (No)
AUTENTICITY AND HARMONY WITH STUNNING VIEWS The Locanda della Posta restaurant in Quarna is family run and focuses on local specialities. A simple place that enjoys offering everyone a warm welcome, making locals and visitors feel at home. The chef boasts long experience in the kitchens of quality hotels. Polenta, meats but also fresh local vegetables are lovingly prepared and traditionally served. And that is not all, in the evenings pizza made with sourdough are available. Here moments of sheer conviviality are to be savoured and it is possible to see and meet well-known musicians who come here to choose their instruments made by the specialists of Quarna, locals and the visitors to a nearby Yoga centre.
TYPICAL PIEDMONTESE DISHES AND CREATIVITY ON THE WATERS OF THE LAKE New cuisine from a talented young chef overlooking the lake, five minutes from Orta San Giulio. He has brought his experience in great Swiss hotel restaurants back to his home. This restaurant is a little gem on the main road along the lake. Traditional land and fresh water products are glorious items in the menu, conceived innovatively, particularly in the preparation of the first courses. Sea fish from further afield is also on the menu. The technique of this young chef with his important life experiences abroad and a cellar based almost entirely on the local area of production, complete the experience. Enjoy the unforgettable, breathtaking sunsets from the terrace too.
Regione Tortirogno 4 28010 Miasino (NO)
TIMELESS BEAUTY IN A UNIQUE LOCATION This is the beating heart of the lake, where the crystalline origins of the island are lost in the mists of time. Traditional local dishes and specialities of the house are served, with a touch of creativity in the timeless ambience of the 18th century dining rooms and on the lakeside terrace with its stunning views. The focus is on risottos, pastas, lake fish and all the goodness of local ingredients. You cannot miss this little place as you walk through the island borgo but it can also be approached from the water and offers clients moorings. San Giulio restaurant
Isola San Giulio (NO)
LAKE FISH AND COOKING THAT LOOKS TOWARDS THE ISLAND The Imbarcadero restaurant is on the western bank of Lake Orta, less well-known than the eastern one, but no less charming. There are breath-taking views to be had from this restaurant with the island of San Giulio and Orta in the distance, the Mottarone a little further on. The cooking is done by Massimiliano Ianni, owner and chef who is creative without bordering on extremism and focuses on the area offering fish, risottos and pasta, fish, while using ingredients from all over Italy.
Piazza Motta, 1 - 28010 - Pella (NO)
PIZZA AND FOOD IN A CONVIVIAL ATMOSPHERE WITH LAKE VIEW A welcoming place with picture windows overlooking the lake and the Island of San Giulio. A terrace to enjoy dishes prepared by the chefs Gianluca Tonati and Vittorio Pilo among which are home-made pasta, cold meat and cheese boards and pizza from the oven of master pizza chef Renato Bortolin, also available in a wholemeal version. Relax on the summer terrace with an infinite variety of cocktails for an aperitif among friends. And lastly, the 18 hole mini-golf for a friendly game in company. Il Pozzo restaurant pizzeria
Via Panoramica, 16 Orta San Giulio (NO)
CREATIVE GENUINE CUISINE WITH NATURE IN THE LIMELIGHT Set in the area between Lakes Orta and Maggiore, the brand new Verum restaurant is open to the public with its own entrance and offers private access to guests in the Hotel Cortese. Original décor welcomes clients in a spacious bright dining room with large picture window overlooking the woods and the mountains, made all the richer by works of art and design as well as the furnishings which have been inspired by the deep soul of nature: the outlines of trees and leaves, the exposed natural wood, fruits, stone, water, fire … light and colour both cosy and inspiring deep emotion. The kitchen is entrusted to a young but very competent and talented team, with experience in starred restaurants in Italy and abroad.
Via due Riviere 24/c armeno
Artisanal pastry Manuelina – Please enter you are welcome here from Manuelina, where taste and quality are a guarantee and the hallmark is the passion that we put every day in what we churn! The restaurant has been completely renovated this year: it has become bigger and its furniture shows the taste for certain classic details such as exposed iron, flowered wallpaper and wood, mixed with the most modern trends … as well as the guide of his father Graziano with his solid foundations of the profession of pastry chefs alongside the young innovation of Manuelina. Once it was only pastry, today it is also a café, chocolate shop and ice-cream parlor. From breakfast to an aperitif, passing through all the moments of a sweet day. Once it was just pastries, today we start the day early with breakfasts offering dark chocolate buns, pistachio, ricotta, raisin, in addition to the “classic”. But not only … we do mini Iris, small Charlotte and on Sundays also stuffed donuts. We are also a coffee shop, chocolate shop and ice cream parlor. All our finished products are absolutely artisanal, we do not use any kind of preparation ». «The bakery of my […]
A nice residence surrounded by greenery. Calathea Bed and Breakfast Pettenasco – From the terrace, the solarium or the garden you can admire an enchanting view of the lake and the mountains that surround it. Its spacious and bright suites have been designed and furnished to offer you every comfort. At Calathea B & B everything has been thought out and taken care of to make you feel at home.
Via Pratolungo 12 28028 Pettenasco (NO)
A GOURMET STAR IN THE HEART OF ORTA SAN GIULIO A Michelin star for the pleasure of those truly passionate about taste and flavour. This restaurant proposes a cuisine of fresh flavours and new creative combinations signed by Chef Andrea Monesi. Innovative and creative, his cooking is firmly rooted in Italian tradition. The very fine wine-list is of international calibre with over 600 labels and is edited with utmost care by Sara Orlando, passionate maître and sommelier who oversees the dining room and suggests pairings for the disheschosen with an authoritative, professional manner and a spirit of experimentation which completes the culinary offering. Theterrace offers unbeatable views of the stone roofs of Orta.
via Olina, 18 - 28016 Orta San Giulio (No)
GENUINITY ON THE ROAD LEADING FROM THE LAKE UP TO THE MOTTARONE A meeting point between lakes and mountains, this restaurant is set in the heart of one of the most charming areas in northern Piedmont: a family atmosphere which for over forty years has been a local point of reference with a distinctive welcome. The hotel offers clients a convenient car park right opposite, a play park for children and a bar with an outside area in which to enjoy this peaceful place. Indoors a large dining room to enjoy good company over a plate of good food. Bar open to the public.
Via per Armeno, 10 - 28010 Miasino (NO)
A name famous all over the world for the originality of its products, Alessi has always been a trend in terms of cuisine and innovations. The shop, very large and regularly frequented by many tourists and visitors, sells merchandise distinguishing it according to the color of the label: either with a regular list price or lowered by a percentage because of second choice, indicated, in fact, on the article. There are beautiful coffee pots, pots, beautiful trays, fruit and cheese platters, biscuits and various original accessories that can be purchased sparing considerably.
Alessi - Omegna
Museum of Hoteliers, but perhaps it is more correct to call it Place of Memory; certainly that of Armeno is a unique collection in the world where the hotel staff, simple cooks and great chefs, unknown waiters have, almost with sacredness, brought memories and pieces of life collected in their wandering around the world. Armeno is famous in all the continents to be the homeland of the hotels. For at least four centuries since this strip of Cusiano land thousands of people have left for the kitchens, hotels and restaurants of the world. Because this profession has spread from Armeno and not from other areas of Italy is a bit of a mystery. Useful information Permanent Exhibition Museum of Hoteliers Summer opening in July and August Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2.00pm to 7.00pm Free entry. In the rest of the year it is possible to take guided tours for groups by reservation
Via Dei Prati, 1 28010 Armeno (NO)
Contemporary art collection The Foundation was started in 1979 according to the wishes of the renowned painter Antonio Calderara, who lived in this house in Vacciago near Ameno until the mid seventies. The collection consists of a grand total of 327 art works by 133 painters and sculptors from various parts of the world. The permanent exhibition brings together works by artists who had had some contact with Calderara, giving rise to its title “The history of Antonio Calderara and a selection of artists who were his contemporaries and friends.” The collection includes trend-setting works from a period between 1920 and 1978, arranged by Calderara himself in his 17th century house in Vacciago, which also belongs to the Foundation. The sculptures and paintings on display belong to the avant-garde movements which were milestones of 20th century art: from pop-art to kinetic art, right through to visual poetry. What all these works have in common, however, is their tendency to the abstract, which was a favourite style of Calderara’s, especially in the second half of his career, when his inclinations took him in the direction of geometric lines and the representation of light. However, there are also figurative paintings – portraits, landscapes and still lifes – […]
Fondazione Calderara, Via Bardelli, 9 0322.998192
Il Palazzo Tornielli di Ameno deve il proprio nome alla nobile dinastia di Borgolavezzaro, uno dei casati tra i più illustri e importanti di Novara fin dal Medioevo; l’aristocratica famiglia Tornielli poteva vantare, infatti, tra le sue proprietà il così detto “palazzo di campagna”, sistemazione ideale per balli, concerti e ricevimenti. L’edificio è costituito da corpi risalenti a diversi periodi storici e si sviluppa attorno a due ampi cortili interni; di particolare rilievo, all’interno del palazzo, sono lo scalone con ringhiere in ferro battuto e gli affreschi mitologici che decorano il soffitto del vano scala. Degna di nota, poi, la bella facciata dell’edificio – risalente al XVIII secolo – la quale volge alla piazza. Oggi il Palazzo Tornielli è sede del Comune di Ameno e dello Spazio Museale, un tempo ala destinata in parte a magazzino per lo stoccaggio del fieno e del foraggio dei cavalli e in parte agli appartamenti signorili e alla residenza del fattore. Associazione Culturale Asilo Bianco Via Zanoni, 17 28010 Ameno (Novara) Tel. +39 0322 998717 Cell. +39 320 9525617
Via Zanoni, 17 28010 Ameno (Novara)
The Forum of Omegna houses a permanent collection of household articles made in the factories of the local Cusio area. The high-tech, quality production of these articles has long been a feature of this area, which over the years has seen the collaboration of the top designers in the world. Historic companies whose products are on display here include Alessi, recognised as a world leader in kitchenware design, Lagostina, one of the pioneers in the sector, and Bialetti, whose history is inextricably linked to the invention of the most famous coffee percolator in Italy. Information panels punctuate the tour of the museum, recounting the history of these firms from the 19th century to today, along with the evolution of advertising. The major figures in the sector are shown in photographs highlighting the industrial and personal aspects of their lives. The exhibition is laid out in four rooms. Audio guides are available, with recordings of interviews, anecdotes and behind-the-scenes episodes recounted by the protagonists of the industry, involving the visitor and bringing the history alive. Throughout the year the Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions on the theme of design, in an international as well as a local context. Opening times: Tuesday […]
Il Museo dell’Arte e della Tornitura del Legno (The Museum of Art and Wood Turning) can be found in Pettenasco, a small village situated on the shores of Lake Orta. It is located in an old wood turning workshop that belongs to the Maulini family, which operated their business there from 1886 to 1970. The Museum hosts a permanent collection dedicated to the art of wood turning. The museum site organizes exhibits and events as well as guided tours, cultural meetings, and teaching studios. The building includes an information area, a reference point for the city fabric and a main attraction for the flow of tourists into the area. You can find information about the products, itineraries, projects, and events in this area; also, a free wi-fi connection is available to all. The Museum of Art and Wood Turning is managed by the Pro Loco Association of Pettenasco and is a part of the Lake Orta and Mottarone Ecomuseum circuit. Free entrance
Museo dell`Arte della Tornitura del legno via Vittorio Veneto, Pettenasco
The Gignese Museum is the only one in the world devoted to umbrellas and parasols; its collection comprises over a thousand examples of umbrellas, parasols and handles. Some items are curiosities, or of considerable historical and cultural importance, like the umbrellas that belonged to Queen Margherita of Savoy or the Risorgimento patriot and politician Giuseppe Mazzini. The showcases display finely made and exquisitely decorated umbrellas, which visitors will find intriguing and ravishingly pretty. The section devoted to the life of the umbrella-makers includes photographs of pioneer craftsmen, rudimentary tools from workshops of the past, and the tools that the umbrella makers/menders used when they plied their trade in the streets of Italy and throughout the world. The Museum takes us on a journey through a corner of history, full of images and memorabilia of an ancient trade that the local umbrella makers took successfully all over the world.
Via Golf Panorama 2 – Gignese (Vb)
The museum of the tap and its technology is in San Maurizio d’Opaglio, town of Cusio area famous just for its economy based on the manufacture of faucets. It offers a path that goes from the history of hygiene to the most amazing Human technological inventions created around the theme of water. The idea came in 1985 when, by the city hall, was set up by the citizenship, an exhibition entitled “Man and the water”. Hence the idea of setting up a true center capable of telling the story of the activity that revolves around the world in production of the taps. The museum occupies two rooms, one as office, meeting room and archive of documents and the other is the real museum space. Inside, you can admire the numerous collections of material that was already part of the original permanent exhibition. This museum is the ultimate expression of an economy and a tradition not only settled in San Maurizio d’Opaglio, but throughout the Cusio territory.
Piazza Martiri 1 -- 28017 San Maurizio d'Opaglio (NO)
Rental and organized tours. In an area full of natural and artistic landscapes, in a context of heritage conservation where the impact of cars is limited and controlled, the choice of electric bike to go to the discovery of the territory is ideal. Orta San Giulio, located on the shores of one of the most characteristic lakes of Northern Italy, is the right location of this service that allows you to better appreciate how much nature and the ancient work of man have made. The pedal assisted bicycle also allows those who do not enjoy physical activity to travel long distances with significant gradients, simple and comfortable to use in mountain biking for challenging trails on dirt roads and mountain trails.
Via Domodossola, 9 28016 Orta San Giulio - Novara
Whether your passion is alpine skiing or snowboarding San Domenico is able to fully satisfy your expectations. The district offers an interesting mix of groomed trails of varying difficulty, great slopes in open spaces and thrilling descents through the trees. From the beginner to the expert, everyone finds in San Domenico the perfect terrain to express their desire for snow and nature! The ski area is spread over a height of more than 1,100m from the 1,420m of the town of San Domenico up to 2,500m of the Dosso crossing the sunny and cozy Alpe Ciamporino basin at 1,936m.
Frazione San Domenico, 28868 Varzo, VB.
The quiet and calm surface of the Lake Orta is ideal for an adventure in canoeing or kayaking, along the waters and the banks while admiring the natural landscapes of rare beauty. Between Lake Orta, Lake Maggiore and the nearby Val d’Ossola and Valsesia, the many disciplines related to rafting are all accessible to sportsmen and amateurs. In the magnificent valleys of Ossola and near Sesia, we find numerous streams that are well suited to the practice of rafting, a sport very popular in the valleys both in Verbano Cusio Ossola and in Valsesia, by locals and tourists who love to try the thrill to descend along steep streams silhouetted in the wilderness.
Via Isola, 3 - 13020 VOCCA (VC)
The Lake D’Orta boasts an important school of water skiing and wakeboarding for those who want to approach a new sport in complete safety, with instructors who are federal coaches and technicians of the young national teams. For an absolutely different day, with the experts of this sport, will be able to admire the beaches and the shores of the most pleasant lake in Italy near the town of Pettenasco.
Corso Roma, 80 28028 Pettenasco (NO)
Feel the wind that refreshes your skin while the sailboat cuts the crystal waters of Lake Orta … a daydream. Orta is a wonderful destination for those who bring the family with their own sailboat or motorboat to enjoy the lake, the sun and the lake resorts. Numerous hotels and campsites offer the possibility of renting a berth or boat place for the period of a holiday or short break, for a truly different holiday.
Horse Riding and Trekking for a duration of one day or more. They extend over the territory of the hinterland between Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta. Heated stables for the winter and an Agri-rural area for the whole summer with the possibility of attending even a single day. Lessons and riding lessons for children. A qualified companion for equestrian tourism is available to guests for walks and trekking surrounded by nature.
Via Crose 27 - Massino Visconti (NO)
Exciting walks on the footpaths in the woods, meadows and mule tracks of Lake Orta. Guided itineraries are organized in the area. The Nordic Walking technique is learned in the courses organized by the Walking Trail Italia School with instructors registered in the national A.S.C register and specialized in teaching the NW also present in the area of Lake Orta.
Miasino – Lago d’Orta
The area surrounding the Lake of Orta allows you to practice excursions of any kind: on the lowland along the lake, on the marked trails, or higher up, climbing on the hills or in the mountains; There are also numerous itineraries for mountain biking. Among the walks that depart from Orta you can choose between the path “The peninsula of Orta” that runns along the lake, the walk through the woods Orta-Corconio or the complete tour of Lake Orta “the Ring Blue”. A tour of the lake, in addition to food and wine stops, also a visit to the Sacred Mount and the Romanesque Abbey on the island of San Giulio (one of the 5 key points of the Piedmontese Romanesque) or visit the Ecomuseum of the Lake Orta and Mottarone that embraces all the material culture of the Cusio basin.
Thanks to its enviable geographical position, nestled as it is between the great lakes of the Northwest (Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta) and the majestic alpine mountains (Monte Rosa), the Mottarone offers a panoramic flight of rare beauty. The south-west exposure of the main take-off and the morphology of the mountain itself suggest to plan the take-off from the afternoon until sunset; on the contrary, it is precisely when the sun drops to the west and the thermal currents gradually lose strength that this site of flight gives the best of itself, allowing the pilot to rise above the summit and enjoy an incomparable landscape. A take-off with an east exposure is also available, one step away from the arrival station of the Stresa-Mottarone cable car, ideal for a beautiful morning flight over the Borromean Gulf. From North West Paragliding you can book fantastic flights in two-seater paragliding in Val Vigezzo, Mottarone, Quaggione, Lusentino or any other VCO flight site!
Via Cave Oltrefiume 33, 28831 Baveno (VB)
The special nature reserve of Monte Mesma is located on the mountain of the same name, near the south-eastern shore of Lake Orta in the municipalities of Ameno and Orta San Giulio. This protected natural area was established by the Piedmont region. The Reserve is located at a height between 300 and 576 m. s.l.d.m. and covers an area of about 52 hectares around Monte Mesma. The area has an interesting landscape and wooded appearance and a monumental complex consisting of a convent and a church of considerable historical and architectural value. The slopes of the mountain are rich in vegetation and in particular chestnut and oak woods, below which the Rio Membra and the Agogna torrent flow. In the part adjacent to the convent, however, the Franciscan friars still cultivate meadows and vegetable gardens. The fauna present in the woods of Monte Mesma is composed of: roe deer, wild boar, foxes, hares and badgers.
Monte Mesma LagoD'Orta
The Natural Park of Monte Fenera is a protected area of 725.98 hectares  located on the hills of Sesia Valley, MIl around the Natural Park of Monte Fenera isa protected area of 725.98 hectares  located on the hills the lower Sesia Valley, around Mount Fenera (899 m asl). The area has also been set up on Mount Fenera Site of Community Interest (IT1120003). On its territory were found the remains of Neanderthal Man, Culture Mousterian (late Paleolithic) and the cave bear: the karst has indeed formed severalcavities in which these discoveries were made. It is currently inhabited by about 30 species botaniche.onte Fenera (899 m asl).
Monte Fenera - Valduggia
Above the small lake town of Omegna, at 500 meters above sea level, is the village of Quarna Sopra with Belevedere, a place that really deserves its name. Here the view extends over Lake Orta, the lowlands and, on clearer days, up to the Ligurian Apennines. Originally a grazing area, it is now a destination for wind music lovers who visit the Ethnographic Museum and the Musical Instrument.
The village of spirit The name of San Rocco, protector from the plague, was chosen for the ancient Romanic Church, which did not survive longer than the early 1600s and was rebuilt from 1627 to plans by Milanese architect, Francesco Maria Riccini. Reconstruction coincided with the terrible plague that Alessandro Manzoni wrote about in his masterpiece “The Betrothed” and which also struck the area around Lake Orta.
Miasino – Lago d’Orta
Rugged, ancient and unique Valstrona is a steep and winding valley of great, wild beauty much loved by hikers and bikers, made up of a series of tiny villages, Luzzogno with its late 15th century Church and a sanctuary, Inuggio known for its walnut trees, Fornero where wood turners congregated of old, Sambughetto with its caves and grottoes and Campello Monti with the former Parish Church of St John the Baptist and the Ecomuseum celebrating the culture of the Walser peoples. Valstrona is a starting point for touring on foot, mountain bike or motorbike.
Valstrona - Verbania
The mountain of lake Orta This mountain is 20 minutes from Lake Orta with its enormous pastures at the top is part of the Mergozzolo chain. Mottarone enjoys a particularly panoramic position and offers various sports opportunities on foot, horseback and bike in summer. In winter it is a ski and snowboard resort loved by locals and the Milanese.
The Coiromonte hamlet is located at the foot of Mount Falò overlooking the Novara lowland on one side and the Alps on the other. The territory is hilly-mountainous and rises up to almost 1400 m s.l.m., on the slopes of Mottarone. Provincial Road 41 starts from Armeno and is the main access route to the summit (not toll). On the Coiromonte is Mirapuri, a Hindu-inspired community in which full-body yoga is practiced.
Coiromonte - Armeno
Located on a small peninsula that is born on the western shores of Lake Orta – in front of the Island of San Giulio – and overlooked by its shoulders by steep granite heights on which stands the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso. For its scenic, naturalistic and naturalistic surroundings, Pella is today an ideal tourist destination for those who love to be in direct contact with nature.
pella lago d'orta
Island of San Giulio – Lake Orta Legend, atmosphere, history and spirituality among women alone! The village and its story, though, is hardly complete without telling of the only Island in Lake Orta, San Giulio, just 275 meters long and 140 meters wide, and no more than 400 meters from the main square of Orta. The island shows traces of settlements as far back as the Neolithic era but it was abandoned during Roman times. It was also thought to be a pre-Christian cult center, a very good reason for which the two Greek brothers, Giulio and Giuliano, arrived on Lake Orta at the end of the 4th century. They were Evangelists who sought to build churches in order to spread the Christian faith but separated for a while as Giuliano built their 99th Church in nearby Gozzano and Gulio went on to Orta to seek a site for their 100th Church. According to legend, the Island was at that time infested with serpents and dragons, obvious symbols for Evil or pagan practices that foundation of the Church would wipe out. The local fishermen were naturally afraid of the monsters and refused to take Giulio to the Island. He was determined […]
isola san giulio lago d'orta
The Sacred Mountain and the story of San Francesco di Assisi In 2003 UNESCO certified the nine Sacred Mounts in Piedmont and Lombardy, each on the one hand a devotional destination and on the other a superb Renaissance work of art of great value and interest, an open air artistic phenomenon with an evocative name and spiritual theme, the Great Mountain Theatre. In the distant 16th century the Sacred Mounts undoubtedly had a didactic role with the specific aim of spreading the Christian Word and the story of Jesus Christ and the Saints. The Sacred Mount of Orta uses its 20 chapels and their elegantly austere Renaissance architecture set in a magnificent pine wood park with gorgeous views over the stone roofed village to tell the story of St Francis of Assisi. Frescoes set the scene and the atmosphere while the life sized colored statues seem to act out his life on a great natural stage.
Sacro Monte - Orta
The small village of Pisogno has as its flagship, in addition to Piazza San Carlo – recently embellished by the new flooring and with the statue of the saint in the center – the parish church dedicated to San Gottardo. Built in Baroque style in the 16th century, it was at the time a simple chapel that was completely transformed in the following century on a project by the architect Andrea Biffi. The fresco on the choir wall, representing a “gallery of saints”, due to Fermo Stella da Caravaggio, is of considerable value. Fascinating the church of the Crucifix to the “Castle” that can be reached through a staircase flanked by a Via Crucis of the ‘700. The small church dominates Pisogno and with the jubilee year reorganized an ancient tradition: every 25 years, the day before the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (in September), the parishioners carry the statue of the Crucifix in procession to the parish church of San Gottardo, to bring her back to the castle solemnly the following day. Previously the traditional translation happened every 50 years. Every 5 years, however, same procedure for the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows, whose feast falls […]
Miasino, Frazione Pisogno Lago d'Orta
San Filiberto di Pella The Church of San Filiberto lies at the entrance to Pella in the hamlet of Proprio and it is a lovely Romanic east-facing church looking toward the moorings from which processions to the island of San Giulio still to this day depart. Despite various alterations over the course of the centuries, it has kept its Romanic majesty. With fourteen chapels forming the Way of the Cross each inter-linked by a low wall, it is also the only church in Italy dedicated to St Filibert, born in 616, whose origins were in France at Jumièges, and whose remains were kept in an Abbey in Burgundy.
San Filiberto – Pella
The painted walls of Pogno The little village of Pogno, about 20 minutes from Orta San Giulio has become a destination for lovers of popular art. The village has been painted to decorate, to remember and even to protest, creating a vast art gallery in the open air, fresh, imaginative, representative of its people who wish to tell their story in pictures. The first murals were chosen by the Town Hall together with “Muri D’Autore Servizi”, carried out from 20-26 June 2005 when the village filled up with accomplished painters and artists, the result being a series of seven wall paintings and a piece in ceramic, all shown on the walls of a number of buildings in the historical center of the village.
Pogno - Lago d'Orta
In the Comune of Ameno, Mount Mesma is home to a quiet 17th century Franciscan monastery, set on a hill at 576 meters altitude. The view from the churchyard is stunning, drawing the eye not only towards the nearby village of Orta San Giulio and the most romantic if the Italian Lakes, but also towards the second highest mountain in Europe, the majestic Mount Rosa. In summer the Mount Mesma Fraternity offers a few spiritual activities for all who seek time to dedicate to prayer, silence and meditation, but they also have a warm welcome for anyone wishing to spend a few exploratory hours surrounded by the natural beauty of this place which can easily be reached either by car or on foot. The monastery and church were built in 1619 using stone left after demolition of a castle on the top of the hill. The single aisle is dominated by the large Crucifixion carved in 1712 by the Milanese sculptor Lentignani. There are two cloisters, the first of which is near the entrance and was used as shelter for pilgrims and passers-by. The second has a well at its center which supplied water to the community of monks. From […]
Convento del Monte Mesma – Lago d’Orta
The present day Basilica goes back to the 12th Century and was designed on the model used for the cathedral in Novara. Quite apart from its very fine frescoes, do not miss the extremely rare and precious pulpit carved in green marble, supported by 4 much older columns. The undeniable charm and fascination of the island are not its sole attributes, it is just a little mysterious too, thanks to the presence of the Mater Ecclesiae Benedictine convent where there are now about 80 nuns living when in 1973 there were only 6. They live in total silence.
Monastero di San Giulio – Lago d’Orta
San Rocco Church of Miasino The name of San Rocco, protector from the plague, was chosen for the ancient Romanic Church, which did not survive longer than the early 1600s and was rebuilt from 1627 to plans by Milanese architect, Francesco Maria Riccini. Reconstruction coincided with the terrible plague that Alessandro Manzoni wrote about in his masterpiece “The Betrothed” and which also struck the area around Lake Orta.
Chiesa San Rocco - Miasino
The House of Dwarves – Orta San Giulio Casa Marangoni is the oldest house in Orta and is known as The House of Dwarves due to the four tiny windows just above the main wooden beam. It goes back to the end of the 1500’s when, according to legend St Giulio arrived in the area to free the island of serpents and dragons. The house with its little granite columns is on the right of the steep Salita della Motta going up from the main square and is decorated with three frescoes of the Annunciation, the Ascension and a Madonna with Child.
Casa dei Nani – Orta San Giulio
Roman bridge of Pezzasco Ameno is on a plateau that slopes south east, on the eastern bank of Lake Orta, along the medieval Francisca road which connected Gozzano with Orta San Giulio. In the little hamlet of Pezzasco with its chestnut, pine and beech woods, is a perfect place for a walk, a mountain bike ride or an excursion on horseback, in the heart of the countryside where you will come upon a fascinating little Roman bridge.
La Bocciola Sanctuary – Ameno The origin of this Sanctuary goes back to an episode in 1543 when the “Holy Virgin appeared to a young girl who tended her animals there”. Later in the 1700’s a few healings and miraculous circumstanced are recorded. The young girl, dumb from birth, lived in a house that is still visible along the road leading to the Sanctuary.
Santuario la Bocciola – Ameno
Santa Maria of Luzzara – Gozzano The delightful little church of Santa Maria of Luzzara, 11th century, is known for its recently restored frescoes and a curious “sailing” bell tower. Near the Lido of Gozzano, at the time the place where the bishops embarked for the pastoral visits to the Island of San Giulio, today beautiful beach and the ideal place to contemplate the beautiful Lake Orta, “the Watercolor of God”.
Villa Nigra – Miasino Villa Nigra is the Town Hall of Miasino, a gorgeous old village 479 meters above sea level on the eastern side of Lake Orta, among the most charming places sought out for quiet vacations in Northern Italy. In Miasino are numerous elegant 18th century buildings in Baroque style, villas and churches which make up an enormously valuable heritage, among these Villa Nigra, a living testimony to the ancient splendor of this little town which has had many an illustrious personage among its citizens and visitors. The oldest part of Villa Nigra goes back to the end of the 1500’s and faces the main square. It was enlarged between 1681 and 1725: a new wing was added and a double loggia on the first and second floor looking towards the internal court yard. The villa was acquired by the wealthy Nigra family from Sartirana Lomellina halfway through the 1800’s and it was the Architect Carlo Nigra who looked after its restoration. He had already several important projects to his name, among which were the Valentino Castle in Turin, the Church of Miasino and the San Giulio bell tower, and he was also the author of several publications on […]
Villa Nigra - Miasino
A timeless pearl The medieval walled village of Orta with its gem of an island, the pearl of the Cusio area, is without doubt the most precious jewel of Lake Orta, a priceless treasure trove collecting culture, art, handcrafts, gastronomic tradition and spirituality multi-facetted human story through the ages. Today the village is even more charming as it is entirely traffic free, with its cobbled streets and the steep Motta hill leading up to the ochre colored parish church dedicated to the Santa Maria Assunta, built in 1485 and rebuilt half-way through the 18th century. Piazza Motta, is an open-air salon on the lake with boats taking people over to the Island.
Orta San Giulio
The medieval defense tower of the lake The Tower in ancient times was surrounded by a wall with arrow-slits. At the very top there was a bell which rang when danger was on the horizon. In Medieval times these places depended on such towers for their safety. Today the Tower is inside the Piedmont Region’s Special Nature Reserve so as to safeguard the historical and environmental heritage. The Tower can be reached by car by following the S.R. 229 or a 15 minute walk through country paths, enjoying views of the lake framed by the Alps and dominated by Mount Rosa.
Torre Buccione - Corconio
Milan Bergamo Airport is at the center of one of the most industrialized and populated areas in Italy, with 9 million inhabitants reaching the airport within 90 minutes. Milan, Bergamo and Brescia are just a few kilometers from the infrastructure, which can be reached by an efficient road system. Lombardy, besides being particularly dedicated to commerce, boasts interesting tourist attractions, from lakes to mountains, from art cities to shopping centers. Orio al Serio International Airport – Via Orio al Serio 49/51, 24050 Grassobbio (BG) FLIGHTS IN REAL TIME http://www.milanbergamoairport.it/it/voli-tempo-reale/ Call our Call Center 035 326323 and enter the numbers below: Type 1 if you wish to contact the main Airlines or visit the corresponding page on the site; Type 2 for information on parking or visit the corresponding page on the site; Type 3 for information on connections to and from the airport or visit the corresponding page on the site; Type 4 to contact the lost baggage office; Type 5 for flight information; Type 6 if you wish to speak with an operator.
orio al serio aereoporto
Le Isole Shopping Center, located in Gravellona Toce, just 40 km from the Swiss border, and in the immediate vicinity with three lakes, is a special location ideal for shopping and leisure, in a quiet and relaxed environment. It develops on two floors and includes an Ipercoop hypermarket, with a wide range of products in the name of quality and savings, and 55 stores that complete the offer, providing customers with the best brands of clothing, footwear, accessories, jewelry and optics.In addition there is a large area for catering and relaxation, with bars, ice cream parlors, pizzerias and restaurants and a large green park near the river Strona. The Shopping Center The Islands is open all the day, with continuous hours, seven days a week. DCIM100GOPROG0012468.
le isole gravellona
Naturalistic pedestrian path along Lake Orta. The dirt road connects the Buccione area, passing from the Gozzano beach, on the border with San Maurizio d’Opaglio. The route is called “via dei Canneti” due to the presence of protected reed beds whose nesting species include birds, grebes, common beetles, coots and moorhens. It is a path of about 1 km. which then continues to the hamlet of Lagna di San Maurizio d’Opaglio, then joins the main road to Ronco di Pella, always along the lake. Very popular all year round from runners and cycle-amateurs, it also includes well-equipped pitches with benches for resting at striking views of the lake.
lido di gozzano
Thanks to a sports association of enthusiasts, dive masters and instructors who organize courses and dives around Lake Orta, it is also possible to explore the depths of the lake considered among the cleanest in Europe. Do not give up an experience of emotions, the adrenaline that this discipline can transmit can become indispensable.
via Sorelle Tubi, n 5 - 28010 Pella (NO)
Orta San Giulio Community Palace (ancient Municipality) The Palazzo della Comunità or the Broletto is in the center of the ancient village of Orta San Giulio and dates back to 1582. It is one of the symbols of the feudal state of the San Giulio Riviera that dates back to the 12th century, allowing us to rebuild the games of powers of the Cusian village. Here the legislative and executive powers were exercised. Sometimes called the Palazzotto, it overlooks the lake and the island of San Giulio.
piazza motta orta san giulio
Madonna del Sasso Sanctuary – Lake Orta Madonna del Sasso, aka Cusio’s Balcony was finished in 1748, consecrated in 1771 and is without doubt the most panoramic of all the religious sites on Lake Orta. In the 1500’s it was a simple cross then came a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows before becoming the Sanctuary admired today. The white granite-like rock the Sanctuary is set on had always been been used as fine building material. Originally there was a chapel here dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows and after a number of healings the place became better known and a Church was then built to replace the chapel. The Church had a niche in which a small statue of Our Lady of the Rosary was kept a sit was thought to bring miracles. The current complex was a project of Pietro Paolo Minola from Boleto who after having received the grace of Our Lady decided to have a new Sanctuary built at his expense,to replace the old one. Work began around 1725, thanks also to contributions from the inhabitants of Boleto. In 1748 the Church was completed while the bell tower and the house on the side of the […]
madonna del sasso boleto
Our structure has comfortable rooms where you can stay even for a short holiday. From the rooms you can enjoy a breathtaking landscape and admire Lake Maggiore. Prices are divided as follows: – Single room 45 euros – Double room 70 euros – Triple room 80 euros – Half board 45 euros – Full board 50 euros In our structure you can stay with pets, at the booking of the room will apply a surcharge of 20 euros for the cleaning of the same. At Locanda Alpe Quaggione you can find: menu for workers, typical menu of the locanda, à la carte menu or organize lunches, snacks, dinners, ceremonies or banquets. In addition to the menus you find in the appropriate section you can also choose between: Cutting board of cured meats and cheese platter.
Via Alpe Quaggione,1 - 28887 Germagno (Vb)
Camping Allegro is a small campsite suitable for those seeking their holidays in a period of tranquility and courtesy of a family . Located directly on the shores of Lake Orta, Camping Cheerful, offers its customers, with its quiet but central to the small town of Pettenasco, the opportunity to spend a holiday of privacy and tranquility The camp has 50 pitches, a small bar, private beach with the possibility of hauling small boats, mooring boats ( buoy or floating dock ), rent maxi caravans . Pets are allowed .
Via Legro, 29 – 28028 Pettenasco (No)
Camping Punta Crabbia , with private beach and views of the medieval village of Ronco , is located on the shores of Lake Orta , considered among the cleanest in Europe and full of fish . Nearby you can visit typical villages like Orta San Giulio , renowned worldwide for its beauty , Pettenasco , Pella and visit the city of Omega . To go to the beautiful vistas , is the road that climbs to the summit of Mottarone ( 1491 m ) , where on a clear day you can enjoy a unique panorama of the entire Alpine range to the Ligurian Apennines , the Po Valley and the pre-alpine lakes . Restaurant service , bar , sports ( diving , parasailing , tennis , water skiing , water games for adults and children ) and shuttle service , complete a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Quiet and folklore mix in the right measure , create a unique and unforgettable holiday .
via Crabbia, 2/a – 28028 Pettenasco (No)
Covering 15,000 square meters terraced , in a quiet and panoramic , takes its name from the legend that refers to it as one of the places to stay in the Lombard queen Teodolinda . Next to a typical village of the eighteenth century , surrounded by secular woods Chestnut , 500 meters above sea level and well wooded , is an ideal Starting on magnificent excursions . Camping Royal Distributed on 60 pitches , offers wide green spaces to relax , while the mainly residential character avoids crowding seasonal . The pitches can accommodate either tents, caravans or camper . The pitches are all equipped with a column for the current , while the fountains , only for the withdrawal of water , (the water of the camp is all drinkable ) are placed along the roads inside and are no more than 30 m from any pitch . In summer the access time with the car is prohibited from 14.30 to 16.00 and from 22.00 to 8:00 .
via Pratolungo, 32 – 28028 Pettenasco (No)
Camping Verdelago, located on the shores of Lake Orta, in the immediate vicinity of Orta and the island of San Giulio, enjoys a spectacular view and is surrounded by wooded mountains that are reflected in the calm waters of Lake Orta. Ideal place to spend a pleasant and relaxing. It has, among many services, of: private sandy beach, pizza restaurant and bar, games for children, bathroom with hot and cold showers, dishwashers and washing area with washing machine and parking. The strategic location of Green Lake camping allows you to reach by public or private, in half an hour or so, other famous places situated on Lake Orta, which, besides the famous Orta San Giulio, Omega, and Pella the Sanctuary of Madonna del Sasso. Or head to the Lake Maggiore, for a visit to Stresa and the famous Borromean Islands in Verbania, Cannobio and still in Mergozzo on the lake. For nature lovers and hikers are multiple paths to the Mount Mottarone situated behind the campsite. The recent opening of Pizzeria ristorante The Cormorant on the campsite, complete the offer for a holiday and an ideal stay.
Corso Roma, 76 – 28028 Pettenasco (No)
Public line navigation Lake Orta Navigate, sail the waters, head towards the solitary island of San Giulio starting from every shore of Lake Orta, a service that is essential today and very much appreciated for us residents and for all the tourists passing through our territory. Today, tourists who want to cross the lake and visit the island of San Giulio can take advantage of an efficient public navigation service active every day from March to October with scheduled times to ensure a daily coverage strengthened on weekends. and on Thursday for the weekly Omegna market. Public line navigation Lake Orta
Public Service Navigation Orta San Giulio In this section of the Consorzio Navigazione Servizio Pubblico website you can find boat schedules, routes and fares, the map of Lake Orta and suggested itineraries). Here you can explore the basic services and exclusive services (group tours, rental with driver, gift certificates, and the possibility of organizing weddings and stag / hen parties), to choose how to experience Lake Orta and its wonders. Public Navigation Service Hours Every 15 minutes, a boat is ready to take you wherever you want. Every day, starting at 09:00. (the time of the last trip may vary, depending on the time of year: request information on this). January 1, special time: 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 17:00 December 24: evening service to Isola di San Giulio for Christmas Mass. December 25: the service will not be performed. The times indicated may be subject to change in the event of unfavorable weather conditions, or due to unforeseeable operating requirements. In case of doubt, to request confirmation of the effective operation of the service, please contact us. It is also possible to request timetables and customized routes.
orta san giulio
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