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.

Mon, 27 August 2018

A WALK BETWEEN THE SPIRES

A stroll along the terrace of Milan's famous cathedral? What a romantic tale… (especially at sunset… whether you are in love or not!)

Fri, 10 August 2018

ANGERA AND ITS ROMANTIC ROCCA

A scalloped castle, a collection of dolls and a series of fairytale weddings …… this is the Rocca of Angera, a virtually magical place!

Tue, 24 July 2018

BREAKFAST ... WITH A VIEW

A special breakfast that you will find in La Darbia, a pleasure to savor in total relaxation and a way to start the day with energy and sweetness.

Sat, 7 July 2018

IT'S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT THE «FESTIVAL OF FIREWORKS»

A season full of lights and sounds, a riot of colors and melodies, a true pyrotechnic event: it is the most explosive festival of the summer!

Fri, 22 June 2018

PASSWORD? #SHOPPINGTIME

Almost all of us have been bitten by the shopping bug and, particularly, when we are on holidays we tend to indulge and pamper ourselves with precious, little, well-deserved gifts...

Sun, 3 June 2018

ORTA'S SACRO MONTE , A SPIRITUAL PLACE

Walking along the Sacro Monte paths, past the ancient frescoed chapels and the wonderful plants in the park, makes you feel as if you were in a corner of Paradise.

Wed, 16 May 2018

A HERMITAGE OVERLOOKING THE WATER

The old “Santa Caterina del Sasso” monastery, built high above Lake Maggiore, offers breathtaking views.

Thu, 26 April 2018

ARONA IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA

A colourful stroll, a colossal statue and an air acrobatics show over the lake are among the surprises Arona has in store for its visitors.

Fri, 13 April 2018

MILAN, PASSION for the NAVIGLI

The modern-day, vibrant heart of the city revolves around the canals, planned by Leonardo, in the New Darsena among the typical tenement buildings and artists ateliers.

Wed, 4 April 2018

TODAY I AM GOING FOR A RUN

One thing for sure is that the weighing scales have no mercy… after so many big meals at Easter, it is time to get back into shape! Wide awake at dawn, technical clothing, sneakers..

Wed, 14 March 2018

A «BALCONY OVER LAKE ORTA»

The Madonna del Sasso sanctuary is just like a huge balcony towering over Lake Orta: formidably striking it dominates the entire area and offers spectacular views.

Fri, 26 January 2018

A DAY AT THE SPA

A day spent at the spa resort Terme di Premia bathing in the salubrious water, pampered by the treatments at the wellness centre, submerged in the quiet of the mountains, is a trul..

Sun, 26 November 2017

MOTTARONE a MOUNTAIN BY THE LAKE

For those of us who grew up at its foot, Mottarone is a mountain par excellence, with its perpetually fresh air, its green grassy fields and the distinctive rounded summit which st..

Sun, 8 October 2017

OUTLET & CO

There are many places where you can purchase glamorous things at reasonable prices by shopping smartly in manufacturers' outlet stores nearby the lake.

Sun, 17 September 2017

OCTOBER TEMPTATIONS

On Lake Orta the magic of autumn is approaching, October awaits us with its delights: enveloping fragrant smells, warm colours and rich flavours enrapture us before the harsh winte..

Tue, 12 September 2017

The emotion of hanging off a wire

Do you enjoy hair raising, spine chilling adventures? Do you adore the thrill of high speed? Is danger what your job is about? Then this place is definitely for you!

Mon, 21 August 2017

“CHIM CHIMINEY CHIM CHIM CHEREE…” THE FESTIVAL OF THE “COAL-BLACK” MEN

«Or blow me a kiss and that's lucky too» sang the chimney sweep in the famous film, Mary Poppins.

Wed, 16 August 2017

STRESA, THE PEARL OF LAKE MAGGIORE

Relaxation and charm await you in Stresa, regal witness to the grandeur of former days

Tue, 25 July 2017

Work up an appetite for some good food!

Many of our La Darbia friends refer to us for advice about restaurants and other trendy locales around Lake Orta. There can be no better way to crown an otherwise perfect holiday ..

Sat, 24 June 2017

#ONLY GOOD VIBES

A great atmosphere and only the best of music at the AmenoBlues Festival, makes this event one of the most exciting in the coming summer.

Mon, 29 May 2017

My secret place

As a young boy of about 11 years of age I entered a writing competition. It meant I had to do "composition" As a child of the 1950's in those days this meant...

Mon, 10 April 2017

SPRING AT VILLA TARANTO

The Villa Taranto Botanical Gardens are one of the most beautiful and renowned attractions in our area: they are simply charming

Thu, 16 March 2017

OUT and ABOUT in NOVARA

Near Lake Orta, set among plains and surrounded by rice fields, Novara welcomes visitors with style and reveals its charm slowly but surely.

Tue, 28 February 2017

ORTA, A DIVINE WATERCOLOUR

Honoured by many poets and writer, Orta always exudes an air of antiquated and romantic charm.

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