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".
|The famous italian
writer, Piero Chiara, called Orta San
Giulio "God's Watercolor". The facade of the houses overlooking the
main Orta San Giulio's square reminds what Chiara wrote. And Augusto
Mazzetti, journalist and poet, used to call this square "the living
room". That's Orta, romantic and so far from noisy world. Click the
image to enlarge.
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.
to enlarge the image or to print it.
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 ...
The legend goes that this island, at 400
meters from the shore of Orta, was once a rock inhabited by snakes and
terrible monsters (probably symbol of the presence of heretic Arians)
till 390, when Saint Giulio set foot on it: walking the lake waters on
his cloak and guided by his staff through the storm, the Saint founded
a church, where he was later to be buried, and transformed the island
into the evangelization centre of the entire region.
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.
concert on the lake
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 Monte d'Orta
is in the World Heritage List safeguarded by UNESCO (more)
Taste the taste: Discover
recipes, wines and flavors of Lake Orta
Visit the abandoned houses and villas around lake
The curious story
in the cemetery of Orta S. Giulio
Current home of Orta
San Giulio's Municipality
is Villa Bossi, built in the seventeenth century, with a beautiful
garden overlooking the lake - open every day: Via Ettore Bossi 11.
(click the image
to enlarge in new window)
Lake Orta's desktop wallpapers: Here
you can find
some images for your pc
(curiosity) The submerged Christ of
the village of the Dead
The dead of Agrano
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"
Office Orta San Giulio
Via Bossi 11, 28016 Orta S.G. (No)
Tel & fax (0039) 0322 90155