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Orta represents one of the most prestigious "theatre", from which you can admire the lake of Orta. Sourrounded by ancient buildings with horse-chestnut in front, and with a glance it is possible to reach the Vescovi's Palace, and the bell tower of the Basilica of Orta S. Giulio , among the lake, the sky and houses of Pella, on the other bank. Villa Motta also faces the lake and offers an exceptional panoramic view.
Among the narrow roads, wandering around it is possible to find objects in wrought iron, or taverns where they serve typical dishes based on rice and wine, fantastic cheeses and salami, made by differents kind of meat.
There is the possibility to go to Sacro Monte (Sacred Mountain) , considered one of the most charming place in the world (by Nietzesche), it is situated in a beautiful park, a special natural reserve, among beech, limes, pines, projected and built in 1591 and entitled to S. Francesco d'Assisi. The church of S. Nicolao is surrounded by 20 chapels, containing 376 statues in earthenware, showing the life of the Saint. Very prestigious are also the frescoes of Morazzone, Della Rovere, Nuvolone, Legnanino and Cantalupi.

  • Last visit to Orta San Giulio: May 2004
  • Intro Updated Jan 31, 2005
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  • white_smallstar's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2010 at 1:28 AM

    I’m happy to know that you like Orta. I also like this enchanting hamlet on the lake, its narrow streets, its stone houses, its tiny island, its peaceful atmosphere, its romanticism. I’m lucky enough to live close to it! See you there next time. *N*

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2004 at 4:04 AM

    Very Beautiful Carolina dear, nothing surprising me if it is in Italy anymore, you live in the most beautiful country :-)

  • Sarita76's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2004 at 9:33 AM

    Sull'isola di San Giulio e' ambientato uno dei romanzi della mia infanzia: "C'era due volte il barone Lamberto" di Rodari! :) Dev'essere un posto fantastico e misterioso :)

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