We travelled to San Giulio, Lake Orta from Stresa by local bus. This was huge fun as it went up over the mountain, through small villages and on twisty mountain roads and through countryside and places that we would not otherwise have seen. The cost was 3€ each way! San Giulio itself was charming. Lunch was excellent and not expensive. There is a trip to a monastery from the lakeside which was easy and cheap by boat and the little island with its monastery was tranquil and interesting. There is also the Sacro Monte just ten minutes walk above San Giulio, which is a UNESCO site with lots so shrines and chapels built mainly in the 18th century to St Francis - it sounds dull but it is not. In fact, it was all so interesting we nearly missed the bus back!