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Lake Orta, one of northern Italy’s most romantic lakes, is a haunt for writers and artists  

Friday, 18 February 2022 10:13

Lake Orta is well known as one of the most romantic lakes in Italy and is to be found near Cusio, between the Ossola plain and the western shore of Lower Lake Maggiore. It is the westernmost of the pre-Alpine lakes and begins at the southern front of the Simplon Glacier.

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A haunt for artists and writers, celebrity chefs and industrialists 

An ideal destination for artists and writers, the coastal towns of Lake Orta are often described in the works of important authors such as Balzac, Rodari, Montale and Soldati. Over the years, world renowned chefs and industrialists have also added to its fame. This area of Lake Orta, also known as Cusio, is a fascinating treasure trove where nature, art and culture are magically intertwined in the rarefied atmosphere that is typical of lake resorts.

Orta San Giulio is a jewel of medieval architecture

Its Omegna and Orta San Giulio banks represent the main centres. Omegna, located at the northern end of the lake, is the centre par excellence of the household goods district and is known for its centuries-old festival of San Vito. The true pearl of the lake, however, is Orta San Giulio, a small village that has enchanted writers for centuries. It is a jewel of medieval architecture where, among its narrow and suggestive alleys, you are taken into its truly cloaked atmosphere. 

The Island of San Giulio has a Romanesque church

In Piazza Motta with its outdoor tables around the first municipal seat, the 16th-century Palazzotto, there is the landing and launch stage the Island of San Giulio, a small island dominated by a Romanesque church and with an ancient monastery. This is the patch of land where, according to legend, San Giulio defeated mighty dragons and snakes.

Ameno is an enchanting place

Regarding the other surrounding towns, a visit to Ameno is a must, one of the most welcoming, enchanting and magical places on the entire eastern shore of Lake Orta. Located a few kilometres from the village of Orta San Giulio, the town of Ameno resembles a jagged horn on the landscape and it has less than a thousand inhabitants.

It is a place that manages to convey calm and relaxation while at the same time being packed with excitement, emotions and inspirations.

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