Lake Orta is one of the most poetic corners of Piedmont.
Its 15 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide make it a small lake, but rich in nature, romantic villages and unforgettable panoramic views.
The town, known for its picturesque style, is characterised by stately buildings, elegant arcades and neoclassical villas. The real "attraction" of this place is the magnificent view it has on the lake.
The heart of the village is Piazza Motta, the living room of Lake Orta. Discover the local speciality shops, arranged on the lake's water, by strolling through the arcades. Afterwards, you can sip an aperitif or a cappuccino in one of the many cafes.
The small island of San Giulio stands at the centre of Lake Orta, an idyll of peace with the Via del Silenzio (Silence Way), winding its way between the eighteenth-century buildings and the Benedictine abbey. All you can hear are the lake waters and the birds in the lush gardens.
There's a small restaurant in an eighteenth-century room of historic Villa Tallone that serves local dishes and fish from the lake. It has a terrace overlooking the water.
Pella is a small village located on the western shore of the lake. It's rich in history, peace and tranquility. The village is characterised by small, winding, and uphill streets.
From Pella's centre, you can reach the nearby hamlet of Alzo and the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso. Standing on a rocky spur, this is an exceptional panoramic point to embrace, with a single glance, the whole of Cusio and the mountains of the eastern coast. You can take the tourist train for a great journey between history and nature.
The new Grand Tour of Lake Orta is designed to fascinate the eyes and heart, like the writers and artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries did.
By following the directions, you can extensively explore Lake Orta, passing through 20 municipalities and related hamlets, sanctuaries, mountain paths, hills planted with vines, streams immersed in the woods, and villages that are reflected in the water.
Lake Orta's got some great gourmet options, including two Michelin star restaurants. In Orta, Villa Crespi has two Michelin stars and an Arabian Nights setting. The villa is an example of Moorish architecture, inspired by Baghdad palaces and Damascus or Alhambra decorations. A jewel of eclecticism wanted by the cotton entrepreneur Cristoforo Benigno Crespi in 1879.
On the island of San Giulio, there is the gourmet temple of the young chef Andrea Monesi, at the helm of the one Michelin star Locanda di Orta. Piedmontese meats, fish, creative desserts, and a view of the lake-- what more could you want?
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