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Private Tour of Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta with Micaela
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Private Tour of Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta with Micaela

By Micaela - Private Tour Guide Lake Maggiore Orta Guided Tours
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Duration: 2h
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Live guide: English, French
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  • Professional local guide
  • Private tour
What's not included
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • € 5 per person ( return ticket - public boat - for the island) is not included.


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  • 28016 Orta San Giulio, Province of Novara, Italy
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 24114P1

    • Hotel pick up is available only if you are staying in one of the hotels in Orta San Giulio
    • Tour starts and finishes in Orta San Giulio
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 24114P1

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    • 28016 Orta San Giulio, Province of Novara, Italy
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    • MaluBernas
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan
      I took the Viator's "Unique Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan". The Isola Bella from Lake Maggiore is impressive. 30 out of the 200-room grand castle was available for viewing which was quite magnificent. Our tour guide was very clear and informative. The garden was equally magnificent and there were 2 peacocks who opened their feathers and they looked so pretty. From the castle, you can find some small cafes, food kiosks and a small chapel. From Isola Bella, the boat took us to the Fisherman's island where we had a delicious lunch at the Imbarcadero. The streets are lined with small shops. Its good to wear rubbershoes or flats for this trip.
      Written June 22, 2024
    • mamamia424
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Step back into history, enjoy the splendor!
      We had a beautiful, informative tour yesterday of the Brommean Islands, Isola Bella and Isola Madre. My husband and I were traveling with my elderly mother. Micaela was very compassionate and accommodating to include my mother, but also insure my husband and I could fully explore the entire grounds. My mom can’t walk up too many steps. We loved Micaela’s humor and knowledge she shared with us! Definitely a must see and do! We had private boat transport provided by Alessandro Vicolo. He, too, went above and beyond to insure my mother was safe getting on and off the boat! He was very punctual and reliable.
      Written May 29, 2024
    • V7870XZcathyl
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Private tour arranged that was not on the list.
      Micaela arranged a private cheese tour and tasting that I had read about. Then took us to see a vineyard, the winery and had a wine tasting. Such a lovely day. She translated as needed and made us fit right in. Her husband David was the driver so it was a seamless process. On the way back she had us take a slight detour so we could see the San Carlos statue in Arona. I would recommend Micaela’s tours 100%. Cathy Liles Little Rock, Arkansas
      Written May 24, 2024
    • DFWMongoose
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Tour! Amazing Guide!
      As a family, we like learning about the history of the places we visit especially when we can do that with a private guide. You get a chance to connect with someone who is local to the area which is a bonus. Micaela was awesome in this role. We spent 5 hours with her learning all about the islands and traveling privately on the lake. And when I say privately, you have your own boat and driver which is a plus when it’s busy. If you are visiting Stresa and are looking to learn about the Borromean Islands, stop looking and book your tour with Micaela. You won’t regret it!
      Written May 18, 2024
    • 982ninah
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An exellent experience!
      We were 3 couples enjoyed a private customized tour. Micaelas husband picked us up in Milan, and we felt we were in the best hands right from the start. Micaela was very professional and informative, yet also humorous and very charming. She was helpful with all of our requests, and organized both the guided boat trip/cruise, a tour at Isola Bella and a visit to a vineyard with wine tasting the next day. It was the highlight of our trip to Italy! We could not ask for more. Thank you so much, Micaela!!
      Written April 10, 2024
    • ktginnyc
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect private tours with Micaela!
      Micaela’s private tours of the Borromeo islands were perfect for my husband and me. She made complete arrangements for private boat transport to and from the islands and for a relaxed schedule to suit our needs. She provided fascinating historical, artistic, and botanical information during our time on the islands, and she was charming and considerate throughout our time together. Communication with her prior to our travel was prompt and thorough. Micaela is in high demand, so be sure to book early for her wonderful tours!
      Written October 16, 2023
    • sesunyog
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful Day Spent!
      Spent a truly amazing day with Micaela who provided a first class experience all around. Her knowledge of the area, history and culture was second to none and her fun and engaging personality made the day a real treat. She takes the time to get to know her client and caters the experience to their needs and interests. By the end of the day, we felt like true friends. I highly recommend Micaela to anyone visiting the Lake Maggiore area. She is one of the best guides we have ever met!
      Written October 15, 2023
    • 809jenniferz
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A must in the Stresa area!
      We cannot explain how much we enjoyed our experience with Micaela. She was easy to communicate with as we constructed our own private boat tour of islands and included the sunset cruise. She was so informative about the history and culture of the islands and lake area and was fun to be with. We also felt that pricing was extremally reasonable. Thank you so much Micaela!!!
      Written October 10, 2023
    • Leila H
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fabulous experience!!
      We can’t say enough good things about our experience with Micaela. The tour was fantastic and we learned so much. Having the private boat for transportation between the islands was wonderful. Thank you Micaela!!!
      Written September 29, 2023
    • livw574
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome guide an incredible tour
      We had an amazing day for this trip. We first headed to a Isola Pescatori which was gorgeous and had amazing architecture, small shops, and great food. Then we went to Isola Bella which had an amazing palace with Micaela our tour guid, she pointed out specific architectural details and beautiful art. Last was Isola Madre with plants from all around the world and various bird inhabitants of the island. It was an amazing day and trip!
      Written September 21, 2023
    • VictorEast
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      Highly Recommended Professional Tour Guide
      Micaela is knowledgeable and professional, yet friendly and charming. She arranged a tour of three Borromean islands for us, describing the relevant histories of the people that built, owned, resided in and visited these extraordinary properties over the centuries. She also knows quite a bit about the plants in the gardens in and around the properties and the priceless art, furniture and collectibles housed in the structures on the islands. Great way to see a lot and learn a lot while staying near Lake Maggiore. Now we know why her tours are so popular and so highly recommended!
      Written September 7, 2023
    • lindan267
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Worthwhile Experience
      My husband and I really enjoyed the tour. Our guide was fun, knowledgeable and very flexible. It was great learning about the history of the islands. Without the context we would not have had an appreciation for the Borromeo Islands. Also having a boat at our disposal made it easier to come and go as we pleased. I would highly recommend this tour.
      Written August 21, 2023
    • TANIAJ103
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      Amazing tour with a truly fabulous guide
      I contacted Micaela from Australia many months before our trip to ask her questions regarding her tour. At all times she was quick to respond and always provided a detailed response so I was confident this would be a good tour, and it was. Our expectations were exceeded. Micaela met us in our hotel lobby, and then advised our private boat and captain were waiting across the road at the hotels pier! We traveled between the 3 islands seamlessly with Micaela always making sure our boat arrived just as we finished our tour of the island. Micaela’s knowledge of the islands history, art, plants etc was phenomenal. She also has a very engaging personality and it was a pleasure to spend a day in her company. This is the most efficient and enjoyable way to see the Borromean islands, and I cannot recommend this tour more highly to you.
      Written August 20, 2023
    • SolinT09
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      Highlight of the trip!
      Our tour and cruise with Micaela was excellent! It was the highlight of our trip to Lago Maggiore. I reached out to Micaela before booking and she was extremely responsive and offered us several itinerary options for the tour. We did a tour of the palace and gardens at Isola Bella followed by a cruise around the lake - Micaela was the perfect guide. She is personable, knowledgeable, and has a great sense of humor. Highly recommend!!
      Written July 7, 2023
    • MSNview
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      Micaela Is A Truly Fabulous Guide
      We enjoyed a truly delightful day of touring the Borromean Islands with Micaela. She is an exceedingly knowledgeable guide who provided insightful commentary not just on the islands and the area surrounding Lake Maggiore but also on Italian culture, cuisine, and history. We were three couples touring and the pacing and personalization of the tour was outstanding. Beyond that, Micaela is quite organized and easy to work with arranging the logistics. I simply indicated our location and preferred timing and Micaela took it from there, arranging everything. Oh, and she is totally fluent in English(and French and Italian, of course). A spectacular day. Book her and you will not be disappointed.
      Written July 3, 2023
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    Elizabeth Y
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2023 • Couples
    Micaela is terrific. Her husband picked us up at our hotel in Stresa and drove us to Lake Orta. Both speak very good English.
    Written September 13, 2023
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    Dear Elizabeth and Edward, thank you s much for posting this review! It was my pleasure guiding you and my husband's pleasure driving you! Take care, ciao Micaela
    Written September 14, 2023
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    Sonya P
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Micaela was lovely and friendly, very knowledgeable and professional. I would recommend her to anyone who is interested in learning the history of Orta San Giulia. It was a highlight of our stay in this beautiful part of the world.
    Written July 18, 2023
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    Dear Sonya, thank you so much for this lovely review! I am glad that you and your husband enjoyed the guided tour of Orta San Giulio and island with me! All the best, Micaela
    Written July 24, 2023
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    Chris W
    Dallas, TX10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2021
    We had a wonderful morning with Micaela on Lake Orta. We travelled to Lake Orta from Alba before heading back to Turin. This was the perfect break between the two. We spent about 2.5 hours touring the town + island. Micaela is incredibly knowledgable and engaging. This was one of the best tours we have ever done.
    Written November 28, 2021
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    Dear Chris, I am really glad that you and your family enjoyed the guided visit to Orta San Giulio with me! Lake Orta is a true gem, worth visiting all the year round.... Thank you so much for sharing your positive experience and writing this beauiful review! best wishes, Micaela Lucini
    Written January 2, 2022
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    Red205
    Guildford, UK56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Micaela accompanied my mum and I to lake Orta. Her knowledge brought the meaning of the frescos and daily life of the nuns alive..
    Very down to earth and professional.
    Thank you for helping us make the most of our last day! Highly recommend.
    Written September 29, 2019
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    Dear Red205, it was a pleasure to guide you and your mum in Orta San Giulio and see how interested you both were. Also very nice chatting with you! Thank you very much for writing your great comment! Ciao, Micaela
    Written October 10, 2019
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    Easy2go
    Easton, MD15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2019
    I should of dictated notes into my smartphone. Micaela has an encyclopedic knowledge of the places we toured. I know I have forgotten more than half of what she explained/taught to my wife and I . She has a wonderful, cheerful personality, and her English speaking is easy to understand. We visited Isola Bell and Isola Madre on a previous day on our own. I can't imagine how much more enjoyable it would have been (and how much more we would have learned) if we had hired MIcaila for that tour as well. HIGHLY Recommended.
    Written September 27, 2019
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    Dear Easy2go, I am pleased to read your beautiful comment and to know that you enjoyed your private tour of lake Orta with me. Thank you for highly recommending me also for touring isola Bella and isola Madre on lake Maggiore. All the best, Micaela
    Written October 10, 2019
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    christinerschader
    Longmont, CO1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2018 • Couples
    "We just returned home from a two-week vacation in Italy. We have been many times and have loved all of our travels. This time, however, the highlight or our excursion was the half day tour we spent with Micaela on Orta San Giulio. She is amazing and is a walking wealth of information....... everything from the plants and animals on the island to history of the buildings, the people who inhabited the islands, art periods as well as the life and times of the many martyrs who are depicted in the frescoes and other paintings. Her English is quite polished and she is just a lovely lady. If you are looking for the best tour of this lake or any of the other Italian Lakes, you must sign up to spend a few hours or a day with her. You will NOT be disappointed. "
    Written September 10, 2018
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    Dear Christine, what a beautiful review! It was my pleasure to have been your private guide in Orta san Giulio and it was easy to show you all its beauty as you were so interested! How lovely of you to stop your car along the road a couple of days later to say " bye" when you recognized me while leading a small group on lake Orta! Grazie mille, ciao. Micaela
    Written September 13, 2018
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    csjones
    High Point, NC35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2018 • Couples
    If you don't go on a tour with Micaela, you don't know what you are missing!! From the moment we met Micaela, I knew that this would be one of the top tours I had ever taken!! Micaela is so welcoming and wonderful, full of information about every aspect of Orta San Giulio. She started with an amazing tour of Sacre Monte just up the hill from Orta San Guilio---a beautiful World UNESCO site that we would have missed if we hadn't been with Micaela. She told us all about the history of the chapels, plenty of time for photos and wandering with ALL of our questions answered! Then we walked around the charming village with it's fascinating history, with Micaela pointing out the best shops for leather, pottery, linens, etc. It began to rain as we took the boat over to the island, and we didn't even care, so enthralled we were with listening to her stories about who lived there, stories about the artwork in the magnificent church and the history of the monastery. Her husband, Davide, was our driver from Stresa to the lake and came back at the appointed time to ferry us back again. He was delightful as well!
    This was the definite highlight of our trip to the Italian Lake District and should be yours!! We started the day with Micaela as our guide and ended the day as friends!! I can't say enough about how wonderful she is....she also has other tours that are amazing!! Don't miss Micaela---she is a special treasure!!!
    Written September 3, 2018
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    My dear Catherine, what a super super review, thank you very much! I am so happy that you fell in love with lake Orta, you and your friends really enjoyed this beautiful place! And I am glad to read that my husband, private driver, was delightful and you enjoyed your taxi rides and day trip from Stresa to Orta with him. Not to forget our memorable private captained boat tour of lake Maggiore! Thank you for your kindness and see you maybe one day in North Carolina! Take care, Micaela
    Written September 13, 2018
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    DanGalt
    Modesto, CA82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2018 • Couples
    Our tour of the grand splendor of this mansion was the first of many we had during our northern Italy tour, and my wife and I agree it was the best one of all. Micaela provided us with a great blend of historical facts mixed with little-known facts and informative tid-bits. Her English was impeccable and her knowledge of the occupation and history of the island was excellent. We would recommend her anytime for any group! What a nice way to begin our northern Italy tour!!
    Written July 16, 2018
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    Dear Dan, thank you very much for posting your great review! I am glad to read that both you and your wife enjoyed the guided tour of lake Orta and the island of San Giulio with me during your tour of northern Italy. All my best wishes, Micaela
    Written July 17, 2018
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    Helen C
    Melbourne, Australia61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2018 • Solo
    Today I toured Orto San Giulio with Micaela, and the wonderful Davide at the wheel. What a treasure all three of them are. Micaela was efficient and professional from the first email I sent her back in October 2017 when I contacted her to discuss a private tour during my stay in Stresa. My trip to Italy is about taking photographs and while the weather was a little unkind today I still managed to get some of the best photos of my trip so far. Not hard when you are shown an area as beautiful as Orto San Giulio. We were not able to go to the island as the boats were not operating but that didn't dampen my visit. Micaela was informative, relaxed and I really enjoyed her company. Her passion for her homeland was evident. I could not recommend Micaela highly enough for anyone looking for a private guide that will follow her itinerary but be flexible enough to incorporate your requirements into the tour. My trip would not have been nearly as special without Micaela's introduction to Orto San Giulio. Thank you Micaela.
    Written February 22, 2018
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    Dear Helen, thank you for taking time to review your private tour to lake Orta from Stresa with me. As a local tour guide, I am delighted to hear that our trip to Orta San Giulio was the highlight of your vacation in Italy, especially considering that before discovering lake Orta you visited Rome and Florence! I am also glad that you enjoyed the driving services provided by Davide Ferri, our friendly and safe private taxi driver. I hope you will be able to come back to this part of Piedmont so that we can tour the Borromean islands and the island of San Giulio next time! Ciao, Micaela
    Written March 1, 2018
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