Orta San Giulio Travel Guide

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    Isola San Giulio

    by Callavetta Written May 3, 2005

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    Be sure to take the boat out to Isola di San Giulio. Out there you must visit the Basilica, open from 9:30 to 12:15 and 4:00 to 5:45. Wander around the tiny alleys and maybe stop for a vino at one of the small cafes.

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    The main Piazza

    by Callavetta Written May 3, 2005

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    Like in many small towns in Italy, life in Orta San Guilio centers around the main piazza. On Saturday morning the square becomes a crowded market place. Trucks and caravans squeeze through the tiny passage ways that lead to the town and then expand to become big displays for the wares with awnings and overhangs.

    The Italian "navy" prowls around, looking for customers to ferry out to the Island. While these boats will take you out for a price, there is also a regular ferry that takes on to the island as well as other towns on the lake for a much cheaper fare.

    But the town "mayor" is clearly the Signora who runs Hotel Orta. She was out on the piazza barking orders at the polizia and pointing out the dead flowers and bits of trash that were not being cleaned up!

    Surrounding the piazza are the requisite gelato stands, souvenier stores and a wonderful artesan bakery.

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    by white_smallstar Written Dec 30, 2008

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    I suggest you this restaurant in a good location, near Orta. They have not pizze in their menu but pasta of course and wines.
    http://www.lustaria.it/menu.html

    Villa Crespi is one of the smartest (and the most expensive) restaurants in town (2 stars Michelin Restaurant)
    http://www.villacrespi.it/defaulteng.asp

    San Rocco is nice too and really romantic!
    http://www.hotelsanrocco.it/main_eng.asp

    Here you can find other restaurants.
    http://www.lagodortahotels.com/indexeng.htm

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Orta San Giulio Transportation

  • Up and down again, for the parking meter!

    by MariaK Updated Jul 19, 2006

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    You have to leave the car in a community parking, and then move on foot downhill to the main piazza and lake bank (some steps - if you carry a baby stroller the steps can be a pain really, but we survived to finally find out that it was worth it). The place is beautiful.

    Make sure you put enough money to the parking meter, cause you will need more than an hour just to walk around and have a look - then calculate how much time you will need for some souvenirs shopping, a coffee etc. (we had to come back, climbing all this steps again, in order to put some more money and then go down again :( )

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    by Callavetta Written May 3, 2005

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    We arrived at Lago di Orta by train. The lake is about 5 k from the train station. There are taxis available to take you into town. The taxi ride to town was 8 euro. When we called a taxi to go back to the station we gave the driver 10 euro, just like we had given him to get into town. He responded, "it's 10 euro to the station. Uphill costs more."

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Orta San Giulio Shopping

  • Yeah, right! :D

    by MariaK Updated Jul 19, 2006

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    What to buy: The bottle of Limoncino (the famous liquer made from lemons, which I really loved though I'm not a fan of alcohol) that you will buy here, may cost you something like half the price more than the one you buy in a Super Market BUT - this has a "traditional" name and stamp neeeaaah.

    I bought some bottles to bring back home as presents to my beloved ones, having no idea of the usual price of the product. I should have known better, but, ok, it was lovely anyway, and the bags where proudly mentioning the name of the place "Orta San Giulio" - what more could I ask? :D

    (Maybe I should have bought some postcards as souvenirs from this Lago, and then buy some limoncino in any Autogrillo I would find first :D )

    What to pay: I gave something like 7,5 euros while the same volume cost 5 euros elsewhere.

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  • Panoramic view: lago d' Orta from Orta San Giulio

    by MariaK Written Jul 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: I would suggest a walk around the piazza and further along the lake bank. The beautiful view to the isola, the souvenir shops and cafes full of tourists (though it does not feel annoying at all - I'd say it gives some more and different "colour" to the place), the boats BELOW the houses which are built right on the bank...

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