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 and brave, however, and reached the Island by throwing his cloak on the waters and stepping onto it was taken there as if by magic. There he defeated the dragons and serpents and founded his 100th church, in the very same place the current Basilica now stands.
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 from Oira, supported by 4 much older columns. The pulpit itself is richly decorated with symbols that are dear to Christianity and the figure of a man who could well be the Abbott Guglielmo da Volpiano born on the island in 962.
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 six. They live in almost total silence with their Abbess Mother Anna Maria Canopi, the most important living female figure in the Catholic Church.
The Island of San Giulio has a little road running round it called the Way of Silence which leads past ancient villas, walled gardens and wells and little alleys going down to the calm waters of Lake Orta. At intervals the messages of Mother Canopi can be read and if you walk around the Island in one direction, she shares her wisdom about Silence and if you walk in the other, she speaks of …………… But we will leave you to find the will to visit this magical place and take in her beautiful words, discovering small words of advice with great value for all who wish to live more happily with themselves and with others.
RAY HEFFERNAN performance
LIVE MUSIC… NOT TO BE MISSED Friday 18 / 18.00 – RAY HEFFERNAN 🎸🎸🎸🎸🎸 musician and composer, author of the famous piece Angels “by #RobbieWilliams Exclusively at the Vecchio Circolo Lortallo to cheer guests during the aperitif and dinner. RECOMMENDED TABLE RESERVATION CALL ☎️ + 39 0322 1902034 old club of Lortallo / Ameno Once an inn and meeting point in the small village of Lortallo, at the foot of Mount Mesma. Today a contemporary, chromatic and geometric kitchen laboratory. There is evolution and research. Above all fun dishes, to be appreciated even with the eyes. The new adventure of a young chef and an experienced patron (his is the boeuc wine bar in Orta) takes place in the scenery of the Pre-Alps, the nearby Lake of Orta and the Agogna valley. A conjunction between past and future to be covered by walking (up to the table) among the green paths that wind through the hills.
Lake Orta wine festival 2021
Lake Orta wine festival 2021, returns as every year, after the suspension of 2020, and we are now in the seventh edition, the appointment with the Lago d’Orta Wine Festival promoted by the Lago d’Orta Tourist Union, which will take place for the 2021 edition on Sunday 29 and Monday 30 August at the square in front of the Mottarone cable car. PROGRAM Sunday 29th August 12.00 Stand opening 5.00 pm Deejay set Mr Tambourine 7.00 pm Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms Monday 30th August 12.00 Stand opening Gorgonzola tasting 5.00 pm Deejay set Mr Tambourine TASTING Selected wines from upper Piedmont and typical products Tasting Euro 15 including the glass stand path free admission wine sales at cellar price INFO wine festival Info: +39.349.0576090 email@example.com www.lagodorta.piemonte.it SEGUI I NOSTRI SOCIAL
16-17 settembre Lago dei Draghi a Omegna (Verbania)
The most beautiful and adventurous event for children and adults, with a motorboat ride on Lake Orta, sighting of moving animatronic dragons, scientific experiments for children, new show with Dynamite and the dragon’s egg, the stories of dragonologist, mermaids and unicorns. Real animatronic dragons, experiments, games and new show 16-17 September 2023 in Omegna (Verbania) Meeting point and collection of tickets booked at the “Forum” in Omegna, Parco Pasquale Maulini (free parking Omegna, Via XI Settembre) Sixth edition, sold-out every year, book soon. Guaranteed event in any weather. Academy of Dragology with scientific experiments, motorboat ride for everyone (adults and children) of about 20 minutes on Lake Orta with sighting of dragons and meeting with the Mermaid, stories of dragology, a new show with Dynamite and the egg dragon, diploma. Optional Activities: Decorate the dragon egg and ride the unicorns. For doubts or information, also read the FAQ of Lago dei Draghi
Inauguration of Villa Nigra exhibitions
This Saturday, September 23rd, two new Asilo Bianco exhibitions will be inaugurated in the marvelous Villa Nigra in Miasino (NO, Lake Orta): L’altra pelle, a solo exhibition by Valerio Tedeschi, and Wild Matrix of La Tana dei Lupi Gentili – Irene Lupia and Giulia Gentilcore. We will wait forward you to the Villa at 6pm for the inauguration.