Nestled between the provinces of Novara and Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Piemonte covets one of the region's best-kept secrets: the Lago d'Orta, separated from the famed Lago Maggiore by the Alpine mountain Mottarone. The Lago d'Orta is considered one of the most romantic lakes in all of Italy, on par with that of the Lago di Como. After your arrival in Orta San Giulio, a small island that is situated in the middle of the lake, you will check in for three nights at the gorgeous Villa Crespi, an incredible former private villa that overlooks the splendor of the lake.
A 10-minute walk will take you along the banks of the lake until you reach the historic center of Orta San Giulio, where you can shop in the many boutiques, stop for a pre-dinner aperitif in one of the cafés, and indulge in a scrumptious dinner at one of the great restaurants while enjoying the majesty of the river at sunset.
After an incredible night on the lake, you will be well-rested and ready for the guided visits of Stresa, a quaint town of barely 5,000 citizens that overlooks the spectacular Lago Maggiore; Isola Bella, the site of an amazing palace and breathtaking gardens that you will tour; and Isola dei Pescatori, where you will have lunch just before returning to your hotel to pamper yourself with a soothing spa treatment. Your night will come to a close at Villa Crespi's Michelin 2* restaurant, where you can indulge in an exquisite tasting menu that features the delicacies of Piemonte.
As a testament to the rich historical importance of the area, you will take a boat ride to tour the ancient abbey on the island of San Giulio, followed by a visit to the UNESCO site of Sacro Monte. A Roman Catholic complex that is dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi, this site's construction began in 1583 and includes 20 chapels. Construction of the complex finally ended in 1788, and many different types of architecture can be observed in these structures, due in part to the changing of the styles throughout the site's evolution.
A truly spiritual experience awaits you on the shores of Lago d'Orta, bringing anyone who visits this exquisite location closer to nature and garnering a heightened appreciation for the lake's splendor that is only highlighted by the Piemontese landscapes which surround it.
We hope to see you on the banks of the Lago d'Orta in Piemonte!
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