Orta San Giulio at a glance
Orta San Giulio is the main and most beautiful town in Lago d’Orta, located on the west side of Lago Maggiore which can be reached in 25 minutes drive from Villa Simba.
Both Lago d’Orta and Orta San Giulio are still not as popular as Lake Maggiore but we believe, this place is one of the best-hidden gems in the area.
With such a lovely medieval and artsy center, it offers you some interesting spots either to walk, have lunch, dinner, or enjoy aperitivo.
You would adore the beautiful Isola San Giulio in the middle of the lake from the main square called Piazza Motta in the town center.
Walking in Lago d’Orta
With its picturesque town center and charming balconies around the main square called Piazza Motta, this place would be an unforgettable one.
You will enjoy a romantic walk along the promenade surrounded by the scenic view of the beautiful nature.
The best time to visit is during the sunset to feel the most magical moment of the day.
Boating in Lago d’Orta
After visiting the beautiful center of Orta San Giulio, boating around Lago d’Orta could be a nice idea.
It is a smaller lake compared to Lago Maggiore, a place where you can explore the nearby towns and Isola San Giulio, the pretty island in the middle of the lake.
Isola San Giulio is a nice spot to stop while you do boating. It has a little road running around it called the Way of Silence, which leads past ancient villas, walled gardens, and wells and little alleys going down to the calm waters of Lake Orta.
You can take the public boat to get to the island and to go around the lake. Click here for more detailed information about the public boat in Lago d’Orta.
You can also rent a private boat and go around the lake by yourself. To find out more information about renting a private boat just click here.
Eating & drinking in Lago d’Orta
Bar Ristorante Venus
Lunch with a view is what you get apart from delicious food from their kitchen.
This restaurant is facing exactly Isola San Giulio. Ask to be seated outside, on the terrace, to get the best view.
Hotel San Rocco
Fancy to have a romantic aperitivo with your loved one by the lake? Then having a drink (or two) by the deck at Hotel San Rocco could be the best choice.
To get the best experience and enjoy the magical moment, it is warmly suggested to make a reservation.
If you plan to visit the lake by renting your own boat, you can make your “red carpet entrance” exactly by the deck of the hotel. A perfect scene to impress your beloved one.
Cafè Des Arts
This place is suitable for an alternative kind of aperitivo or dinner.
It is a particular artsy place inside a typical old portico which serves mostly traditional Italian dishes.
As it is normally a busy place, it is suggested to make a reservation, especially during the weekend.