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Lake Orta

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Address: Orta San Giulio, Italy
Phone Number: 3293431378
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Tour of Lake Maggiore and Orta san Giulio from Arona
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Private Tour of Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta

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People say Orta is romantic, well I proposed after 11 years together so it must be. The scenery is stunning but I do not quite know what you would do if it rains

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 October 2016
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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

People say Orta is romantic, well I proposed after 11 years together so it must be. The scenery is stunning but I do not quite know what you would do if it rains

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We enjoyed Lake Orta more than we imagined. It was so peaceful and every view was breathtaking. The town on the lake was easily accessible form our hotel, the Villa Crespi. We had a delightful lunch there near the boat launch.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We stopped here on the way from Lake Maggiore to the Ligurian coast. We took a water taxi to the Isola San Giulio and investigated the convent and took the path of silence. Interesting little island and it doesn't take very long to see it. We spent a few more hours in Orta San Giulio investigating the shops etc.

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Arlington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We visited Lago Orta just for a long afternoon. We will definitely go back and take the water taxi to the island. I would say come early if you want to tour the island and wander through the quaint streets on the mainland. It is peaceful and beautiful, but not as busy as Stresa. We actually got to see a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Gorgeous lake, beautiful surroundings!! Really charming and quaint. Love the mountains as they provide a dramatic backdrop for the lake! spring water very good to swim in

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

We loved it here, so tranquil and relaxing. Lovely surrounding villages, churches and restaurants. Popped over to Maggiore one morning, had a coffee and then hurried back to Orta again!

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Burlington,Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

If you stay in Orta more than one day, a trip to Pella is a nice option. The ride across gives a very different view of the lake with the mountains to the north in sharp relief. The waterfront in Pella is a lovely and very quiet alternative to Piazza Motta. There are several places to eat along the water.... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

This is the Waitrose of the lakes (Lake Maggiore is more Sainsburys!). Very beautiful, small, with one island where the frescos are worth a visit. Unfortunately, most of the lake front is privately owned so you have to use a pay beach, search hard for a bit of access or rent accommodation on the lake side. It is worth it... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Much smaller than its neighbour Lago Maggiore it is never the less a beautiful lake and very quiet at this time of the year. Easy to drive round we took 4 hours with lots of stops in lakeside villages.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We were impressed with Lake Orta/ San Guilio due to its history and impeccable zoning. This is quintessential Italy, with cobblestoned pedestrian walkways between piazzas. A stone walkway extends around nearly the entire island, so we were able to see the villas and different views under shade trees as we walked.

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