Forget George Clooney’s Como, Penny Smith is intoxicated by lovely Lake Orta

mail-onlineYou know where you are with Italy: spag bol; olive overcoats and tan brogues; nuns.

But it still has surprises in store, and one of them is Lake Orta, a secret part of this boot-shaped country, right near the top of the zip.

It’s got everything: there’s culture, sculpture, highland, island, mountains and fountains. It may not be the best-known body of water in the Italian lake district – that accolade probably goes to Lake Como, where film stars such as George Clooney and other hunks in trunks hang out – but it is gorgeous.

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