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Shops in Piazza Motta, Orta San Giulio

Shops in Piazza Motta, the main square of Orta San Giulio

Isola San Giulio from Orta San Giulio - photo courtesy of Mike Brown   Isola San Giulio from a launch - photo courtesy of Mike Brown

Island of San Giulio from the piazza, and San Giulio Island from a launch

The Island of San Giulio - photo courtesy of Mike Brown   Basilica on San Giulio Island - photo courtesy of Mike Brown

Island of San Giulio, and the interior of the Basilica on the island

Isola San Giulio from the Sacro Monte   The entrance to the restaurant on the Island of San Giulio.  The terrace of the restaurant is right on the lake!

Island of San Giulio - Restaurant on the Island of San Giulio

Orta San Giulio is an enchanting village set on the edge of the peninsula which faces the Island of San Giulio.  The village has a special atmosphere of calm and tranquillity like no other place on earth, and a wealth of restaurants, ice cream bars, shops and bars, and a fun mini-golf.  It's easy to pass the time strolling, having a capuccino or aperitivo, and generally people watching.

Walk up above the village to the Sacro Monte, just for the view, or to see the series of chapels with statues and frescos depicting episodes in the life of San Francesco d'Assisi.

Take a launch to the Island of San Giulio: the twelfth century Romanesque Basilica on the island has a glass coffin with what's left of Saint Giulio on display, who is supposed to have walked on the lake in his better days.  The motor launches in Orta San Giulio are run as a cooperative, web site www.motoscafisti.com.

Take the little train (trenino) around Orta San Giulio, for details see web site www.treninodiorta.htm

For the last few years, Orta has hosted a series of monumental sculptures, dotted around the village.  In 2008 they were by Pomodoro, and in 2010 by Rabarama.

From Orta San Giulio you can follow the path around the peninuslar (full details of this walk are provided in your location pack) right next to the lake.  For Villa Gelsomina and the apartments in Vacciago, we also provide directions for the walk down through the chestnut woods to Orta San Giulio.   You can swim in the lake from several places on the peninsular, including the little beach at Ortello.

In late June there are unforgettable evening concerts in the Sala Tallone on the island.

Admire the enchanting Isola San Giulio from the delightful little piazza in Orta San Giulio, where you can sip a Martini soaking up the unspoilt charm and tranquillity of this unique place.  The village is full of pizzerias, trattorias, and restaurants - for all tastes and all pockets.

Orta San Giulio is not known particularly as a place for night life, but the Piano Bar in the Hotel San Rocco often has live music, and with its superb setting right on the lake can be a great place after a meal, and in fact there are several other enotecas and great bars in the village and nearby.

You too could be sipping a Martini soaking up the ambience in Piazza Motta, Orta San Giulio  Jackie and Ken - April 2010 - click for details of our wedding consultancy service   Santa Maria dell'Assunta in Orta San Giulio

Café in Piazza Motta - the perfect place for a relaxed wedding - and Santa Maria Assunta at the top of the steps above the main square of Orta San Giulio

The peaceful island of San Giulio - photo Mike Brown   One of the many chapels of the Sacro Monte above Orta San Giulio - photo Mike Brown

Via del Silenzio on the island - Sacro Monte di Orta San Giulio

There is an evocative description of Orta San Giulio in this article on www.travelintelligence.net.

The following apartments are situated right in Orta San Giulio: Giove, Venere and Isola.

The web site of the Comune of Orta San Giulio is www.ortasangiulio.com

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