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Holiday Homes at Lake Orta is run by William Schwitzer and supported by a team of local staff. William works freelance as Business Analyst in Financial Services, and held key roles in several large banks developing payment systems and internet banking services.
From where the love of Italy? William's father said he was enamoured on a 1978 driving tour to San Remo, Pisa, and Lake Como. A 1980 train trip to Venice, Ravenna and Florence certainly made a big impression, as did a solo cycle trip the same year taking in the Italian Riviera, the length of Lake Como, and the Maloja pass up to St. Moritz, staying mid-route with friends in a tiny village near Varese, whose incredible hospitality I recall to this day, including the excitement of being part of a large group of young people on a Saturday-night outing to Laveno on Lake Maggiore for gelati. In the summer of 1985 William took all his annual leave, plus some unpaid, to attend a month's intensive language course in Florence at the British Institute, an experience I can thoroughly recommend to any young italophiles. This prepared me well for my arrival in 1987 in the wonderful city of Turin, where I remained for four years, working at the San Paolo bank in Turin, Olivetti in Ivrea and a building society in Rome.
During this period we discovered Lake Orta, and it immediately became our favourite Sunday outing, so that whenever friends and family came to stay, we would drive up from Turin for the day. In 1989 we stayed for a long weekend, and fell hopelessly in love with the area. In 1990 we bought our first holiday home at Vacciago, and got married in Orta San Giulio.
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