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Address: Orta San Giulio, Italy
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September Swimming

Good swimming in September - water clear and warm enough. We swam at Pettenasco. Didn't do a boat trip but should have.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2015
Milan, Italy

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

Good swimming in September - water clear and warm enough. We swam at Pettenasco. Didn't do a boat trip but should have.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

a small and ancient village with a lovely walk around the water's edge. Stunning views with interesting buildings and an interesting variety of shops. Much smaller than other Italian lakes very peaceful and quiet

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We were staying in Stresa that to the naked eye seems to have little to offer in the way of "culture". OK in its way if tourist shops and restaurants are your bag so it was with delight that we saw Orta. Yes. lots of tourists but a real place with proper buildings and charm. It didn't seem to be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

It seems that not so many people travel to Lago d'Orta - shame for them! The village is charming, quaint and comfortable, the lake beautiful yet unpretentious, We were glad to have followed a family member's recommendation and stayed 4 days here soaking up the views, the walks, the views, the sun, the tranquility,,,,,

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Partly being a smaller lake it's more tranquil than perhaps the larger, more touristy lakes. There wasn't much to do in our little village, Pettanesco, but it didn't matter because we loved the lakeside walks, especially on the Orta peninsula and I found some great, energetic walks high above the lake.

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Unlike the major lakes located in the area, this place is not as popular. From the narrow stone streets to the charming and quaint piazzas and gardens, it's truly a must see!! Of course the 5 minutes boat ride to the island is also highly recommended. Attend church if you are here on a Sunday, in the basilica dedicated to... More 

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Aberdeen Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

Just back from this amazing lake, such a hidden gem, untouched buildings, lovely scenery, and very friendly people. Great tourist attraction. Fantastic setting for wedding, church is beautiful, lovely hotels and restruants. Boats to the island and other villages around the lake

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

We have stayed at Garda, Como and now Orta. The lake is small but we liked that. The water is crystal clear and was really warm to swim in, with lots of little fish swimming around your feet. The town centre of San Giulio is small and quiet with not much going on. Unfortunately we had a very average lunch... More 

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Harrogate, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

the most westerly lake in the area, it remains unspoilt and very little 'tourist' feel. It has with the highest number of religious buildings/churches. Very quiet and relaxing with plenty walks round sleepy village and beyond. You would require transport if you stayed longer than a few days to explore further.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Orta San Giulio is a tiny tourist trap. Take a look for an hour or so, drive around the lake and move on.

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