La Darbia Blog

Unforeseen places, which are most unlikely to be found in tourist guides. Follow our posts and you will discover places, people, products and everything that makes our region unique.


Mo, 19 September 2016

When the fine weather arrives I love going for walks, easy excursions along which you can take the time to admire the scenery and breathe in the fresh air. It is my pleasure to outline an easy route, or more, for our friends and enthusiasts at La Darbia. Despite a dull start to today's weather, I ..

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..


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..


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..


Fr, 18 March 2016

“Oh mia bella madunina…” (Oh my lovely little Madonna) the inhabitants of Milan proudly declare. High up on the steeples of the Duomo the golden statue of Our Lady looks out over the city and its daily hustle and bustle. Milan is a lively metropolis buzzing with energy, the epicentre of a modern, ..

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