The most romantic lake in northern Italy: Lake Orta is located precisely between the provinces of Novara and Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Born in the presitoric era, in the Neolithic, this lake has often been studied through the remains of archaeological excavations. In addition to spending a relaxing day here, you can also experience a fiery and passionate weekend
To impose itself majestically on the shores of the lake is the village of Orta San Giulio, which has often won the orange flag by the Italian Touring Club. Its structure is characterized by very narrow streets that almost all lead up to Piazza Motta, even if the real protagonist of the place is the Palazzo della Riviera di San Giulio, called Broletto, composed of a small bell tower where the council used to meet of the deputies of the episcopal fief of Novara. Do not miss the visit to the Sacro Monte d’Orta Nature Reserve, extraordinary to visit hand in hand with your other half.
If all this is not enough for you, go and visit the town hall: Villa Bossi, the current form is the result of the many restoration works wanted by the families who in the past took possession of it, even if a part of it is still preserved inside. dating back to 1600, considered the oldest. It will be nice to discover with your partner the curiosities of the building, where the most suggestive part is given by the garden, which in addition to offering a magnificent view of Lake Orta, is considered by artists and writers to be the perfect place.
From Piazza Motta all the ships leave for the Island of San Giulio, a characteristic element of Lake Orta, in the past it seems to have been a pre-Christian cultural center, the place takes its name from the Holy Preacher who together with his brother Giuliano arrived in the 4th century looking for the perfect place to build Church number one hundred. In fact, the island is dominated by the Basilica of San Giulio, considered a minor basilica, legend has it that the saint reached the island by sailing on his cloak and freed it from dragons by building a small church, dedicated to the twelve apostles. Visitors can only enter from the southern side of the Church, covered on the outside by the Bishop’s Palace which today serves as a convent for the nuns. We also give you some curiosities, the island today is inhabited only by a few people, including 74 cloistered nuns and to make everything very suggestive is the composition of a road inside the village, its ring shape if traveled in one direction is called the way of silence, while traveled from the opposite direction, it becomes the way of meditation.