Lake Orta is medieval in many ways and has a spiritual feel to it. The historical centre, overlooking the lake,has numerous buildings with frescoes and wonderful architecture. As it is traffic free, it has a calm air and boats moored to take you to the monastery and island in the centre of the lake, known as the Island of Silence. There are good shops for food, clothes, and artisan crafts; visit before someone changes it into something it shouldn't become. A perfect reminder of Italian history of centuries past.
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