"Orta San Giulio" Orta San Giulio by Manara

Orta San Giulio Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 15 photos

They say Balzac described Lake Orta as "the most romantic of lakes". I have not been able to find where and when he wrote so, but he was certainly right.
The lake is not so famous as the larger ones Como, Maggiore and Garda, but it is even more charming.
The small town of Orta San Giulio and its small island are wonderfully picturesque.

A street in the picturesque old town.

The island of San Giulio, seen from Orta.

  • Last visit to Orta San Giulio: Mar 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Aunt_Bertha's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    What a lovely and charming place Orta San Giulio is! I've made a mental note to visit there.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Lake Orta looks superb, thank you for showing! I have found where Balzac mentionned it: "les employés ou la femme supérieure ". Not one of the best known books in la Comédie Humaine!

  • Museeuw's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2007 at 1:28 AM

    Hi, thanks for visiting my Saint-Valéry page! It really is a very nice place, but Orta San Giulio doesn't look bad either. :-)

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    yes indeed, the hotel is charming

  • maritagnes's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2007 at 4:02 AM

    Che belle le tue foto di questo lago! L'ho soltanto vista a distanza, è bellissimo!

  • Callavetta's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2005 at 11:58 AM

    Anna Maria, You are so lucky to live in Italy. You have all these wonderful places in your own backyard!

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2005 at 9:56 AM

    you make this island and lake sound irresistable. So many wonderful places in Italy and so little time.But this place I would love to visit. 777


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