Lake Orta, in Piedmont, has such an extension that it starts from the Novara countryside and ends on the slopes of Mottarone, a natural border with Lake Maggiore. It is 15 kilometers long by two kilometers wide. Dimensions that make this a lake with reduced dimensions, but full of things to see. Don’t forget that it is considered among the amazing Italian lakes. And in fact it is one of the most popular destinations in the region, it offers spectacular natural scenery, romantic villages and unforgettable panoramic balconies. 

10 #PiemonteStories: Lago d'Orta and St Giulio Island | VisitPiemonte

WHERE IS BORN AND WHY GO ON HOLIDAY HERE

 Lake Orta was born from the Simplon Glacier, considered to be an evocative body of water, the borders of which are described by woods that in the autumn become colored in a thousand different shades. It is just half an hour from Stresa and is a perfect destination to spend a few relaxing days away from any source of stress in everyday life: here are the must-see stops for those who want to experience a truly romantic journey that, if desired, can be done with the help of expert guides.

WHAT TO SEE AT LAKE D ‘ORTA: THE UNMISSABLE STAGES 

A holiday here will allow you to discover small villages immersed in the woods and majestically grazing its placid banks. It starts from the north with the town of Omegna, which is located in the town hall square, Nigoglia emerges, a characteristic small stream that goes upwards flowing towards the Alps instead of towards the sea. Enjoy this town ordered as a small Switzerland, walking along the pedestrian streets that run along the Nigoglia and reach the lakefront. 

From Omegna you can go to the real discovery of Lake Orta where you can admire the neoclassical villas with their gardens full of camellias and azaleas of Orta San Giulio. From the top of the village, you can instead admire the stately buildings with the open galleries on the gardens. Finally, a visit to Piazza Motta, the living room of Lake Orta, would be inevitable. Closed on three sides by the arcades, here you can look out into the typical local specialty shops and then sip an aperitif or a cappuccino, in one of the many cafes practically placed on the lake water. 

Take a holiday on Lake Orta: here’s how to get organized