A place where nature and spirituality meet
Every time I guide travellers at Orta, even the ones that have travelled all around the world are so fascinated by this little village and by the atmosphere one breathes on its island.
We'll walk calmly through this old small town, learning about its long dated history. A boat will take us to the only island in the middle of this small lake, surrounded by the mountains: the legend says Saint Jules killed a dragon here in the IV cent. and his body still rests in the crypt of the church, a jewel in Northern Italy. On the island only cloistered nuns live, that's why it is called "the island of silence". The Sacro Monte, on the top of the hill over Orta, is inscripted in the list of the World Heritage: the clay statues and the frescoes in the 20 chapels, built from the XVI to the XVIII cent. , tell the life of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Lake Orta can be easily reached from Milan.
***Customize - I can create a customized tour for you in case you have special requests or if you are more than 10 people.
During this tour we'll visit:
- the town of Orta San Giulio, with its narrow lanes, old houses, cute little shops, the square by the lake. . .
- the island of San Giulio, where we'll enter the beautiful medieval church and walk along the "path of silence" around the island
- the Sacro Monte, a UNESCO site of 20 chapels describing the life of San Francesco of Assisi (please notice that during winter, if it has just snowed or if there is frost, the visit to the chapels of the Sacro Monte could be impossible or not suggestable: the chapels could be closed because of the snow and ice on the pathway).
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at Orta (more details about the meeting place will be given on reservation).
End location: I will leave you at Orta.
Duration: 3 hours
If you drive to Orta by car, the top of the Sacro Monte can also be reached by car.
My services as your personal tour guide at Orta San Giulio
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 EUR - R/t boat fare + car park (if necessary)
Meals, souvenirs, etc.
I am not a professional driver. I can arrange for a separate car and driver or accompany you in your vehicle.
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Daniela is fabulous! She speaks beautiful English, is so articulate and full of historic knowledge and a wonderful personality. We have applied for another tour with her.