The area around Lake Orta has long been a favorite tourists, thanks to
the quiet beauty of the landscape, its fascinating history and its
wealth of artistic treasures - principally Romanesque and Baroque
Lake Orta lies to the west of Lake Maggiore, in the northern Italy. It
is a minor star in the costellation of the subalpine lakes, but all the
fascination and the history of the larger lakes seem to be concentrated
in this short space.
Lake Orta, one of the smallest and least-known of northern Italy's
sub-Alpine lakes, is a place for sublime moments. The German
who visited the lake in May 1882 and believed
that the experience changed his life forever, inscribed the date "von
Orta an" ("from Orta onwards") as a preface to his masterpiece Thus
Spake Zarathustra. Other 19th-century writers enchanted by its quiet
beauty include the French novelist Honoré de Balzac, who
rapturously of this "grey pearl in a green jewel-box", and Robert
Browning. His poem "By
Fireside", which contemplates
the beauty of a setting where "Alp
meets heaven in snow", describes the lakeside village of Pella as a
luminous "speck of white... in the evening-glow".
Island of San Giulio©by M.Mombello & A.Mula
Map of Orta San
Giulio. What to see & where. The street's names and all the
places for a tourist.
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Orta is a place of mists and devotion. Morning
mists come with the territory: this little jewel, just eight miles long
and less than two wide, is the only one of the Italian lakes entirely
in Piedmont. The devotion is figured plainly in the 20 small chapels of
above Orta San Giulio, with their stirring and
educational tableaux ...
Orta S. Giulio webcam click
Lake Orta's webcam click
through the peninsula
of Orta San Giulio, away from paved
road. From the main square, following the shore, visiting the Sacro
Monte, listening the "voice of dead".
The wonderful ambone
in the Basilica of San Giulio, with its mysterious medioeval symbolism.
Monte of Orta is
located within a historical parc,
nowadays a nature reserve, of 13 hectares and comprises 21 votive
chapels dating back to the end of the XVIth and the XVIIIth centuries
with frescoes and sculptures of terra cotta narrating the life of San
Francesco of Assisi. Sacro
is in the World Heritage List safeguarded by UNESCO (more)
through old postacards of Orta San Giulio (it)
document in Italy where it's indicated precisely the existence of a
legal provision for witchcraft
is reported in Orta.
This is the "Consilium" that Bartolo Sassoferrato (1313-1357) sent to
the Bishop of Novara, Giovanni de Plotis, and to the Inquisitor of that
city, perplexed by the penalty to be imposed on a Orta San Giulio's
woman arrested and prosecuted because accused of witchcraft. The
burning of the alleged witch was in 1340. Obviously, she is not the
first witch to be persecuted in Italy, but certainly the first of
witches with some documented information, even if we do not know her
name, and we refers to her simply as the "Orta's Witch"