La Darbia

La Darbia, a wonderful hamlet for your holiday on Lake Orta.
Just a few steps away from the world. Far removed from it all.

Semel in anno licet insanire

Mo, 6 February 2017

That's exactly what the ancient Romans used to say to justify going a little crazy and being carried away by the infectious euphoria at Carnival time. It still features foremost these days among Italian traditions, a lively, carefree festival, organized in many towns and cities between February ..

CALDERARA: ART within a stone's throw of LA DARBIA

We, 20 July 2016

I clearly remember the first time I visited the Antonio Calderara house-cum-museum, an ancient seventeenth century building, embellished by a fine set of columns. It was a clear, crisp Spring day, one of the kind you can only experience by Lake Orta. The light filtering through to those rooms in tha..

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VESPA!

Su, 12 June 2016

Even if it has just turned seventy, no way does it show its age! I'm talking about the mythical Vespa, a genuine icon of the made in Italy phenomenon, a two-wheeler created in the Piaggio workshop in distant 1946, which was to become a symbol of lightheartedness and freedom after the troubled ye..

THE MAGIC OF A TOWER

Mo, 16 May 2016

Twenty three metres high, slightly eerie but nonetheless reassuring, the ancient Buccione Tower represents the lake's oldest surviving sentinel. No doubt you have noticed this sort of "elderly lady" that arouses a feeling of uneasiness and respect… It has towered over the surrounding territory sinc..

SAN GIULIO, THE DRAGON AND THE NUNS' BREAD

We, 27 January 2016

A feeling of festivity fills the air in the little town of Orta towards the end of January. For what reason? The answer is simple: the celebrations for Saint Giulio, the cherished patron of the town and protector of all the builders in the entire Cusio area. The exact day dedicated to the saint (a..

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