Lake Orta
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  • Sam D
    Wymondham, United Kingdom167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful excusion from Stresa
    We took the Thursday afternoon excursion from Stresa with Viaggi Tomassucci. Their tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. It included three boat transfers to the island San Giulio with a guided tour and time to explore, and our guide looked after us all along the way. Beautiful day,
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,328 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful lake - worth a visit
    We visited here by public boat (Navigazione Lago d'Orta) and this allowed us to access San Giulio and gave us a nice ride on the lake. The lake is beautiful and not as crowded as Lake Como. We really enjoyed our ride and our visit to the area. If you are in Stresa or nearby, taking a trip to Lake Orta is well-worth it.
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Lynette
    Lancaster District, United Kingdom77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful lake with different atmosphere from the larger lakes in northern Italy.
    Lots of visiting opportunities here by boat. Lovely scenery. The island of St. julius with its fabulous church is a must. Interesting history and intriguing to hear that the island’s population consists of 80 cloistered nuns and just one other family. Rota itself is a pretty little town.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Anuj_Mithani
    Mumbai, India4,409 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning lake
    Lake Orta has an interesting history : it was once considered one of the most polluted lakes in the world, due to effluent discharge from a steel plant in the north and a synthetic rayon textile mill in the south (both closed down). Due to the sustained efforts of local communities, the lake was cleaned up and is now a case study in rehabilitation. It's a beautiful lake, we visited the San Giulio Island and also the charming town of Orta San Giulio. It's unfortunate that public transport connections here are sketchy - the SAF bus from Stresa to Orta only runs June to September - I hope that is being reconsidered to improve access.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 23, 2024
  • INKA97
    Frankfurt, Germany526 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Tell Anybody
    A real hidden gem. A beatiful place. Realy cozy, nearly romantic. The other lakes, Como, Maggiore and Garda are the ugly sisiters. Unfortunaltly it starts to get crowed here too. So either come in the early morning or after 4 p.m. Acctualy I should not comment on this lake , just to keep the otherones away ;)
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 10, 2024
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MeganMunro
Toronto, Canada1,352 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
With Lake Como taking up much of people’s attention in the area, this smaller lake is charming to the max. I recommend going into Lago D’Orta town and having a wander through the cobblestone streets before having a gelato and watching the boats go by. Truly serene and much less busy than the other lakes in the area.
Written January 19, 2020
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Cambridge Guru
Cambridge, UK854 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This town and its lakeside setting is charm personified. The island nestling in the centre of the lake was just picture perfect.
We did struggle to find parking when we first arrived around 1pm.
But once we were sorted, (we used the multi storey on the edge of he town) , we loved the small town, despite the huge numbers of tourists (are they all there for the dozens of art shops?). There are lots of old buildings and quaint alleys.
A drink in the small square by the boats was a must.
We then had a good walk south of the town along the side of the lake which was quiet and just gorgeous - a great way of escaping the crowds.
Written September 2, 2020
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Sam D
Wymondham, UK167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We took the Thursday afternoon excursion from Stresa with Viaggi Tomassucci. Their tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. It included three boat transfers to the island San Giulio with a guided tour and time to explore, and our guide looked after us all along the way. Beautiful day,
Written July 31, 2023
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Gillian M
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Orta is a lovely place and offers a variety of different activities (hiking, water sports, mountain biking) as well as some good hotels and restaurants. It is also a tranquil place to chill and rest. The one thing though it is really poor on is public transport. There are boats doing lake trips but the timetables can leave you stranded in places for hours, taxis are virtually non existent unless you book in advance and buses few and far between. There are trains (also a bit infrequent), between Orta-Miasino and Pettenasco but the station for the former is a fair bit inland and quite a walk to the main hub of life in Orta. You really have to plan hard to be able to get about. I have been visiting Italy for decades and know of no other place so badly served if you don’t have a car and are having to rely on public transport.
Written May 9, 2024
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Jeanne G
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Lake Orta enchanted me by its otherworldly simplicity, isolation, winding path and that deep misty shade of blue that washed over the whole scene. It is less touristy than Como and has the added attraction of the island with a castle and monastery in the middle of the lake. Adjacent Orta San Giulio isalso a joy to explore as it has a timeless medieval ambience with narrow streets, arches, ancient structures and cobbles.
Written November 19, 2022
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Anuj_Mithani
Mumbai, India4,409 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Lake Orta has an interesting history : it was once considered one of the most polluted lakes in the world, due to effluent discharge from a steel plant in the north and a synthetic rayon textile mill in the south (both closed down). Due to the sustained efforts of local communities, the lake was cleaned up and is now a case study in rehabilitation. It's a beautiful lake, we visited the San Giulio Island and also the charming town of Orta San Giulio. It's unfortunate that public transport connections here are sketchy - the SAF bus from Stresa to Orta only runs June to September - I hope that is being reconsidered to improve access.
Written June 24, 2024
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Clive
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Booked a coach trip from Stressa to Lake Orta (via Arona) 41 Euros each. Well worth it! Guide Mateo was excellent. You must go over to the island whilst in Orta (boat 4.50euro return). Free entry on island. Avoid weekends as it will be absolutely full of locals (and I don't blame them).
A gem of a place. But visit soon as it is becoming more popular and busier.
Written May 31, 2022
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,328 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We visited here by public boat (Navigazione Lago d'Orta) and this allowed us to access San Giulio and gave us a nice ride on the lake. The lake is beautiful and not as crowded as Lake Como. We really enjoyed our ride and our visit to the area. If you are in Stresa or nearby, taking a trip to Lake Orta is well-worth it.
Written August 7, 2023
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INKA97
Frankfurt, Germany526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A real hidden gem. A beatiful place. Realy cozy, nearly romantic. The other lakes, Como, Maggiore and Garda are the ugly sisiters.
Unfortunaltly it starts to get crowed here too. So either come in the early morning or after 4 p.m.
Acctualy I should not comment on this lake , just to keep the otherones away ;)
Written July 10, 2024
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John F
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Lake Orta is a lovely lake….but *don’t go to Orta San Giulia*. The issue is crowding and lack of facilities. So, what we learned on a disastrous visit, is that if you arrive and the multi-storey car park is full….turn right around and leave. Do not wait for a slot, do not try and find another parking spot, because a) It will take you over an hour and b) When the car park is full, the town is *full*.
You won’t get anything to eat or drink in the entire town. Not “wait an hour for a table”, just Not Today. Also, there will be nowhere to sit anywhere in the entire town. Every bench will be already full. You will just be trudging around cobbled streets with no rest, until you finally give up and leave. Oh, and the boat to Isola San Giulia will be rammed to the gills with tour parties, so don’t assume you can sit down on that, and when you get to Isola San Giulia there’s nowhere to sit, eat or drink on the entire of “Prison Island” either.
It’s a lovely view of the lake….But then, it’s the same lovely view of the lake from the other towns around it. Don’t go to Orta San Giulia.
Written May 19, 2024
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