Lake Orta, the secret of the Italian Lake District

Lake Orta; the town of San Giulio and the Island of San Giulio are not very popular destinations in the tourist guides of northern Italy. Faced with destinations such as Lake Como and Lago Maggiore, which are also located in the Italian Lakes district, their relevance seems not to be as prominent for some publishers.

Island of San Giulio in Lake Orta Italy during a summer afternoon

The editors will have their reasons, but the truth is that to some extent I am happy that Lake Orta and its neighboring areas are not so popular. These reasons make Lake Otra almost secret.

Its proximity to the city of Milano (a distance of approximately 90 km), makes it possible to visit at any time and with an average of 1 hour by car to get there, Lake Orta can be visited easily on a day trip.

For the connoisseurs of the area, the town of Orta San Giulio is the town for visiting and get an have a good idea of what the Lake has to offer.

To get to the town, you should park the car outside the town and walk about 15 minutes.

Signboard indicating the way to walk to the village of Orta San Giulio in Lake Orta Italy. License this and other images from Lake Orta in Pixelme.ca Stock Photography Site

It seems to be an inconvenience, but in reality it is not.

Cobblestone path bordering Lake Orta that leads hikers to the village of Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta Italy. License this and other images from Lake Orta in Pixelme.ca Photography site.

This allows the pedestrian traffic to flow easily and additionally maintains the atmosphere of a medieval town, maintaining its charm.

You walk through a cobbled street that runs along the lake, passing some gardens, very picturesque local businesses, and arches that connect the buildings between the streets, to finally reach the Piazza Motta -Motta Square-

Italian garden with chairs and tables with Lake Orta in the background in a summer afternoon. License this image and others from Lake Orta in Pixelme.ca Stock Photography Site.
Via Giovanetti street at Orta San Giulio town in Orta Lake being visited by tourist during a summer morning, Italy. License this and other images from Lake Orta in Pixelme.ca Stock Photography Site.

Piazza Motta is the center of Orta San Giulio, it is a large square with adjacent restaurants that offer gastronomic products of the area, ideal to taste the Piemontese gastronomy.

Cutting board based in charcuterie with jam variaties, antipasto and sauces. License this and other images from Lake Orta in Pixelme.ca Stock Photography Site.
Restaurants at Piazza Motta in Orta San Giulio at Orta Lake in Italy being visited by tourists during a summer afternoon. License this and other images from Lake Orta in Pixelme.ca Stock Photography Site.

From Piazza Motta there are boats that take you to San Giulio Island, where you can find the San Giulio Basilica (which was closed for a private event), as well as the convent (currently in repairs).

Community building -Palazzo della Comunitta- in Motta square -Piazza Motta-in the village of Orta San Giulio in Lake Orta Italy during a summer morning. License this and other images from Lake Orta in Pixelme.ca Stock Photography Site.
Restaurants and local businesses in Piazza Motta in the village of Orta San Giulio italy during a summer morning. License this and other images from Lake Orta in Pixelme.ca Stock Photography Site.

The cost of the transfer to the Island of San Giulio is 4.5 euros per person and the ticket is worth as much for the round trip.

The island travels quite fast, it’s small. Its streets are not very busy, but on walking, I was able to experience the quietness, peace and tranquility characteristic of the small island.

Desolate street with via and stone walls on the San GIulio Island in Lake Orta Italy with the belfry of San Giulio Basilica in the background during a summer afternoon. License this and other images from Lake Orta in Pixelme.ca Stock Photography Site.

After returning to the town of Orta San Giulio, we enjoyed some ice cream and tried to visit the Church, however, we did not want to interrupt a marriage that was taking place, so I took the images of the church from a distance.

At the end of the afternoon we return to Milano charged with new energies and enjoying the scenery along the cobbled road this time with the view back.

After visiting the Orta San Giulio, and San Giulio Island in Lake Orta and having experienced the tranquility and serenity they provide, I can say that Lake Orta is a well-kept secret of the Lagos district in Italy.

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Lago Orta, el secreto del distrito de los Lagos de Italia

El Lago Orta; el pueblo de San Giulio y la Isla de San Giulio no son destinos muy populares en las guías turísticas de la zona norte de Italia. Frente a los destinos como Lago Como y Lago Maggiore, que también se ubican en el distrito de los Lagos Italianos, su relevancia parece no ser tan destacada para los algunos editores.

Los editores tendrán sus razones, pero la verdad es que hasta cierto punto me alegra que el Lago Orta y sus areas vecinas no sean tan populares. Estas razones hacen que el Lago Otra casi se mantenga en secreto.

Su cercanía a la ciudad de Milano (una distancia aproximada de 90 kms), hace posible que se pueda visitar en cualquier momento y con un promedio de 1h en carro para llegar, el Lago Orta se puede visitar en un día ida por vuelta fácilmente.

Para los conocedores de la zona, el pueblo de Orta San Giulio es el pueblo a visitar para poder tener una buena de loq ue el Lago tiene que ofrecer.

Para llegar al pueblo, se debe estacionar el carro en las afueras del pueblo y recorrer aproximadamente unos 15 minutos a pie.

Parece ser un inconveniente, pero en realidad no lo es. Esto permite que el trafico peatonal fluya con facilidad y adicionalmente mantiene la atmosfera de pueblo medieval, manteniendo su encanto.

Se atraviesa caminando una calle empedrada que bordea lo largo del lago, pasando unos jardines, negocios bien pintorescos, y arcos que comunican las edificaciones entre las calles, para finalmente llegar a la Piazza Motta

Piazza Motta es el centro de Orta San Giulio, es amplia plaza con restaurantes adyacentes que ofrecen productos gastronómicos de la zona, ideal para degustar la gastronomia piemontese.

Desde Piazza Motta salen los botes que te llevan a la Isla San Giulio, donde se encuentra la Basícila de San Giulio (que se encontraba cerrada por un evento privado), así como el convento (actualmente en trabajos de reparaciones).

El costo del traslado hacia la Isla de San Giulio es de 4.5 euros por personas y el billete vale tanto por la ida como la vuelta.

La Isla se recorre bastante rápido, es pequeña. Sus calles son poco transitadas, sim embargo al caminarlas pude experimentar la quietud, paz y tranquilidad características de la pequeña isla.

Luego al regresar nuevamente al pueblo de Orta San Giulio, disfrutamos de unos helados e intentamos visitar la Iglesia, sin embargo,no quisimos interrumpir el matrimonio que se llevaba a cabo, así que tomé las imagenes de la iglesia desde la distancia.

Al final de la tarde nos regresamos cargados de nuevas energías y disfrutando del paisaje por el camino empedrado esta vez con la vista de regreso.

Luego de visitar el Orta San Giulio, y la Isla San Giulio en el Lago Orta y haber experimentado la tranquilidad y serenidad que brindan, puedo decir que el Lago Orta es un secreto bien guardado del distrito de Lagos en Italia.

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