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“Taken back in time.”
Review of Lake Orta

Lake Orta
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Group Bus Tour to Lake Orta with Optional Cruise from Stresa
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Private Tour of Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

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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Reviewed June 2, 2013

Italy's best hidden secret lake. Away from the crouds visiting the more famous lakes -lago Maggiore is just an hours drive away, but equally beautiful. Nice day trips.

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Reviewed May 30, 2013

A quintessential Italian city that is loaded with charm, classic architecture, tranquil walks, and good food. It is a feast for the eyes wherever you turn. Walking in the city does feel like a step back in time. Sacre Monte is a surprise with it's numerous chapels full of frescoes, statues that date to the late 15th early 16th century. The lake is nestled amongst wooded mountains, and the Island makes for great photos. I will return with friends and family and share this little gem. Do be prepared for steep walks!

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Reviewed May 27, 2013

The only day it rained in the week and we were booked on this trip. The weather really does affect the way you feel about a place. Orta looked really nice, a marina, square with an original town council chamber (very old) some nice shops, restaurants etc. but you just wanted to stay dry. We'll visit it again next time when the weather may be more clement. From Orta and on to Stresa on the lovely Lake Maggiore, what beautiful place, I thought Como was the bees knees now I'm not so sure. Isla Bella was worth the visit especially the grottoes I can now see why it took so long to decorate them... all those pebbles!! From Isla Bella back to Stresa and an hour or so to wander the narrow streets/shops, not really long enough to do it justice but it was one or the other. Now we've seen the Island next time we'll do the town. 'Simples'.

Thank CaernarfonSpanielman
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

Nice day out with our rep Frederico. Would have like a longer stay, but as we were on a coach trip we couldn't

Thank JANE T
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