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Advice pls: stay at Orta AND Maggiore?

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Advice pls: stay at Orta AND Maggiore?

We will have a car, and probably be driving from Bergamo, and will have 4 nights in the Lake Maggiore area (we have already stayed at Bellagio on Lake Como). The question is: would you recommend we drive firstly to Lake Orta and stay one night there, to enjoy the ambience? And then drive to Maggiore (thinking of Baveno) for the other 3 nights? Or just stay 4 nights at Maggiore and day trip to Lake Orta? We are interested in Villas and gardens and the scenery, of course. The trip will be in late June.

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1. Re: Advice pls: stay at Orta AND Maggiore?

Hi vicolivia!

It’s really a matter of personal preference – If you don’t mind unpacking and repacking for only one night, you could spend your first night in Orta San Giulio, or you could take a day trip from Baveno to Lake Orta.

Orta San Giulio is an adorable town and you would certainly enjoy the overnight, and the overnight would also provide additional time the following day to complete your explorations if needed, but what you decide would also depend on what you would like to see around Lake Maggiore in your allocated time.

The best -

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2. Re: Advice pls: stay at Orta AND Maggiore?

Hi Vagabonda (you were such a terrific help to me about 3 years ago when we planned a trip to Sicily - and we just loved it!). You can see we are still enjoying Italy - thanks for the advice re the Lakes. We don't usually like packing and unpacking for just one night, but I thought the might be enough to do at Orta to justify stopping there for a night, and then moving on to Maggiore. I read that Pettenasco is nice on Orta - what are your thoughts? Would it be easier Orta San Giulio, with the car? I still need to plan the time for Lake Maggiore - and wonder if 3 nights is enough? We have a week from the day we arrive in Pavia (catching the train from the south of France). I am keen to see the Certosa there, and then thought maybe drive up to Bergamo and then the Lakes (we spent time on Lake Como - Bellagio, and in Milan this year). Thank you again. Ciao.

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3. Re: Advice pls: stay at Orta AND Maggiore?

Prego vicolivia – It’s always my pleasure!

There most certainly is enough to do at Orta to justify stopping for a night - Orta San Giulio is Lake Orta’s gem!!

You would appreciate the car since the train station isn’t conveniently located in town. There’s parking in town, as well as hotel parking depending on your choice of hotels.

And perhaps you would also appreciate an extra day on Lake Maggiore to see and do Stresa’s Isole Borromee, the Lago Maggiore Express, Villa Taranto, the Mottorone funivia....

Places to visit on a return visit to Stresa:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187847-i853-k4593…

Kind regards,

Vagabonda

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4. Re: Advice pls: stay at Orta AND Maggiore?

May be interested in my Milan, Maggiore & Orta report :-

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g663877-i14128-k…

Have a great stay!

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5. Re: Advice pls: stay at Orta AND Maggiore?

don't mean to throw a wrench but have to jump on the stresa bandwagon. stresa was so beautiful it almost put me to tears :-)

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6. Re: Advice pls: stay at Orta AND Maggiore?

Perhaps of interest....

Stresa or Baveno??:

tripadvisor.co.uk/…23398046

Villa Ruscello is a very charming lakefront accommodation if you decide to stay in Baveno.

http://www.villaruscello.it/

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187844-d637286…

Vagabonda

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