The charming town of Orta San Giulio is situated on the shores of Lake Orta, one of Italy’s lesser known lakes.
Whilst everyone heads to Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, this small lake continues to induce a spell over those that visit. Within the eighteen square metre lake lies Isola San Giulio, a small island that is home to the 12th-century Basilica di San Giulio that houses some wonderful frescoes.

Isola San Giulio on Lake Orta
Isola San Giulio on an overcast day!

 
Park your car on the edge of the town and walk down through the cobbled streets to the main square on the edge of the lake. The pedestrian only streets will take you past outdoor cafes, frescoed houses, beautiful gardens and old stone churches.
Orta San Giulio
The view of the lake from the streets of Orta San Giulio

 
Orta San Giulio
The town of Orta San Giulio

 
Being only 50 kms from Malpensa Airport, Orta San Giulio is perfect for a stop the night before leaving Italy. Stay at one of the many family run hotels and let this gorgeous little town be your last memory of Italy.
 
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This post is part of the 2014 A to Z Challenge You can read all the posts on my theme “Off the Beaten Track”  here