isola-san-giulio-lago-ortaLake Orta is considered one of the most fascinating lakes in Italy.

Yet untouched by the crowds of tourists, it is the perfect escape from the daily hustle and bustle of modern life, in touch with nature and history, enjoying sports and great gastronomy.

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Along all the villages facing the lake, you can still feel the atmosphere of a past full of history, as demonstrated by several baroque buildings.


There are many examples of historic architecture, with numerous churches and monasteries.


The Sacro Monte of Orta, included on the UNESCO world heritage list, is maybe the most remarkable sacred site. Set up in a botanical garden on a hill overlooking the lake, it is dedicated to the life of Saint Francis, with 21 chapels, built between the 15th and the 17th century, richly decorated with frescoes and terracotta statues by famous artists. A real jewel.

The picturesque town of Orta San Giulio is a maze of fascinating little streets filled with restaurants, wine bars, art galleries, gourmet and local craft shops. You will enjoy magnificent sunsets from there, especially from the main square overlooking San Giulio island where you can go to by boat until late in the evening.


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Vacciago, where Palazzo dei Leoni is located, lies just above the picturesque town of Orta San Giulio and overlooks the lake and San Giulio island.

It is an untouched baroque village full of fascinating 16th and 17th century buildings, holiday destination for noble families from Milan and Piedmont ever since.


Art lovers will find the Calderara Foundation an impressive place where several modern art pieces have been collected by the Calderara family over the years.


All services and amenities are very close. In the Palazzo’s close proximity are golf courses, horseback-riding facilities, cycle paths and water sports. The area is renowned for its choice of restaurants, from rustic trattorias to high end culinary establishments to delight even the most refined of palates.


You’ll find yourself in a region with one the richest culinary traditions in Italy, home of truffle and prestigious wines.

Surrounded by an authentic flower explosion everywhere in spring and early summer and in autumn the magical colours of the trees from yellow to red will take your breath away.

A 45 min. drive will take you to the fashion and cultural hub city of Milan for a never-ending offering of cultural events and why not …days of unforgettable shopping!

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