Lake Orta

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Orta is one of the most picturesque ancient villages in Northern Italy. It is criss-crossed by small alleys overlooked by princely palaces in Renaissance/Baroque style. There are also historical buildings erected on medieval foundations recalling the old simple life of the fishermen and craftsmen.

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In these chapels the Saint's life is narrated by means of precious statues made of terracotta and wood.

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During summer, the lake mitigates the heat of the sun. It is absolutely wonderful to get a tan while relaxing by a tranquil, small inlet.

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The promontory of Orta facing the Island of San Giulio, a dramatically fascinating and romantic place.

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From Orta you can walk to Sacro Monte, one of the most important Piedmont shrines dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi. It is a complex consisting of 22 chapels built in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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The Island of San Giulio, right in front of Orta, has always represented the charming heart of the lake. It features an ancient church founded by St. Giulio himself in the 4th century. You can take a walk along the street looping around the island where you can admire the beautiful residences built between 16th and 19th centuries.

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Nights are filled with a romantic and evocative atmosphere, thanks to the many international events and myriad of feasts and village fairs that every year showcase the most genuine local tastes and costumes.