Lake Orta
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  • angelaofcastleton
    Rochdale, United Kingdom545 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go back in time ...
    One of the smaller Lakes in the area but worth a visit. Take the boat ride (every 10 mins from the Market Square) across to San Giulio island. It will only take about an hour to see the place as much of it is private. Not commercialised and peaceful. The church is very old and full of character. The town is pretty with a busy market square. The Orta Market Restaurant in the square provides good value meals.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Greg P
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Orta is a beautiful, peaceful lake
    Orta is quieter and far less developed than many of the bigger Italian lakes. Pretty, scenic, relaxed, older buildings, more rural feel. Better for kayaking or lake swimming. Good walks. Def worth 1-2 nights here if going to Lake Maggiore as only 35 mins driving be.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Sam D
    Wymondham, United Kingdom168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful excusion from Stresa
    We took the Thursday afternoon excursion from Stresa with Viaggi Tomassucci. Their tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. It included three boat transfers to the island San Giulio with a guided tour and time to explore, and our guide looked after us all along the way. Beautiful day,
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,329 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful lake - worth a visit
    We visited here by public boat (Navigazione Lago d'Orta) and this allowed us to access San Giulio and gave us a nice ride on the lake. The lake is beautiful and not as crowded as Lake Como. We really enjoyed our ride and our visit to the area. If you are in Stresa or nearby, taking a trip to Lake Orta is well-worth it.
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Lynette
    Lancaster District, United Kingdom77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful lake with different atmosphere from the larger lakes in northern Italy.
    Lots of visiting opportunities here by boat. Lovely scenery. The island of St. julius with its fabulous church is a must. Interesting history and intriguing to hear that the island’s population consists of 80 cloistered nuns and just one other family. Rota itself is a pretty little town.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 22, 2023
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John F
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Lake Orta is a lovely lake….but *don’t go to Orta San Giulia*. The issue is crowding and lack of facilities. So, what we learned on a disastrous visit, is that if you arrive and the multi-storey car park is full….turn right around and leave. Do not wait for a slot, do not try and find another parking spot, because a) It will take you over an hour and b) When the car park is full, the town is *full*.
You won’t get anything to eat or drink in the entire town. Not “wait an hour for a table”, just Not Today. Also, there will be nowhere to sit anywhere in the entire town. Every bench will be already full. You will just be trudging around cobbled streets with no rest, until you finally give up and leave. Oh, and the boat to Isola San Giulia will be rammed to the gills with tour parties, so don’t assume you can sit down on that, and when you get to Isola San Giulia there’s nowhere to sit, eat or drink on the entire of “Prison Island” either.
It’s a lovely view of the lake….But then, it’s the same lovely view of the lake from the other towns around it. Don’t go to Orta San Giulia.
Written May 19, 2024
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Gillian M
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Orta is a lovely place and offers a variety of different activities (hiking, water sports, mountain biking) as well as some good hotels and restaurants. It is also a tranquil place to chill and rest. The one thing though it is really poor on is public transport. There are boats doing lake trips but the timetables can leave you stranded in places for hours, taxis are virtually non existent unless you book in advance and buses few and far between. There are trains (also a bit infrequent), between Orta-Miasino and Pettenasco but the station for the former is a fair bit inland and quite a walk to the main hub of life in Orta. You really have to plan hard to be able to get about. I have been visiting Italy for decades and know of no other place so badly served if you don’t have a car and are having to rely on public transport.
Written May 9, 2024
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Elibel_2017
Dublin, Ireland9,307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Lovely medieval town, never disappoints. Great place of an afternoon walk (and parking was free for the Christmas period!)
Written December 28, 2023
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ijudd
London, UK660 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A beautiful hidden gem. The local Italians say it’s Cinderella.. as in Como, and the other big lakes are the ugly sisters!!

The pace of life is slow… one ferry up and then down per day!
Written November 23, 2023
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Nikolai
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Very beautiful and clean. With the Boat to the Island is a Highlight. Orta San Giulio is a very nice town. A trip to the lake is highly recommended.
Written September 23, 2023
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Lynette
Lancaster District, UK77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Lots of visiting opportunities here by boat. Lovely scenery. The island of St. julius with its fabulous church is a must. Interesting history and intriguing to hear that the island’s population consists of 80 cloistered nuns and just one other family. Rota itself is a pretty little town.
Written September 22, 2023
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,329 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We visited here by public boat (Navigazione Lago d'Orta) and this allowed us to access San Giulio and gave us a nice ride on the lake. The lake is beautiful and not as crowded as Lake Como. We really enjoyed our ride and our visit to the area. If you are in Stresa or nearby, taking a trip to Lake Orta is well-worth it.
Written August 7, 2023
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Sam D
Wymondham, UK168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We took the Thursday afternoon excursion from Stresa with Viaggi Tomassucci. Their tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. It included three boat transfers to the island San Giulio with a guided tour and time to explore, and our guide looked after us all along the way. Beautiful day,
Written July 31, 2023
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Greg P
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Orta is quieter and far less developed than many of the bigger Italian lakes. Pretty, scenic, relaxed, older buildings, more rural feel.
Better for kayaking or lake swimming.
Good walks.
Def worth 1-2 nights here if going to Lake Maggiore as only 35 mins driving be.
Written July 4, 2023
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Adriaan Fietje
Bellinge, Denmark48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Beautiful hidden treasure. Quiet place. Small lake, very cozy. Hidden walking path along the lake. Romantic restaurants. A must see, for couples
Written June 18, 2023
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