One of the smallest and least known of Italy’s sub-alpine lakes, Lake Orta lies to the west of Lake Maggiore in northern Italy. This little jewel, just eight miles long and less than two miles wide, has an atmosphere that is peaceful, relaxing and a far cry from the chaos of the cities. Orta is a restful place with clean air and healthy activities. Soak up the quiet beauty of the landscape and take in its fascinating history and its wealth of artistic treasures. Visitors can take a boat to the Island of St. Giulio, located in the middle of the lake, which, according to legend, was dominated by a big serpent that destroyed everything. There are many wonderful restaurants in Orta San Giulio. Some are high end and very classy, while others may be more budget friendly. Many are very warm and offer fantastic cuisine with lovely views of the lake. I chose the Hotel San Rocco amongst the Orta San Giulio hotels and found that it made a good base.
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