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, 6 February 2017

Semel in anno licet insanire

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.

Sat, 10 December 2016

IN TURIN THE “LUCI D’ARTISTA” ARE COMING ON

Even the New York Times is aware that Turin, the artistocratic city of the Savoy dynasty, deserves a foremost position among the Italian destinations worth visiting.

Mon, 19 September 2016

AN «ORPHAN» MOUNTAIN AND AN ANCIENT ELM

Do you fancy some nature or a little hiking? Or perhaps you would prefer to go for a ride on a mountain bike? This itinerary is just perfect for you!

Wed, 20 July 2016

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

Let's draw inspiration from the art of a great master Antonio Calderara: his homestaed is now a museum rich in precious masterpieces at a short distance from La Darbia.

Sun, 12 June 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VESPA!

It is an important birthday for the most famous Italian scooter in the world. Why not take the opportunity to go for a Vespa ride on the roads around Lake Orta?

Mon, 16 May 2016

THE MAGIC OF A TOWER

The Buccione Tower has dominated the southern part of Lake Orta for centuries back; it recalls a fascinating medieval past and still awards us with a spectacular view of the Alpine..

Fri, 18 March 2016

I LOVE SHOPPING … IN MILAN

While here on holiday lots of our guests at La Darbia decide to dedicate a whole day to discovering Milan. Now that is something really worthwhile.

Thu, 25 February 2016

WALTER'S LAKES

A period of navigation that lasted two years and a graphic book with splendid pictures of both Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore; the extraordinary experience of the photographer Walter ..

Fri, 5 February 2016

WHITE HORIZONS

The Ossola Mountains, not so far from La Darbia, were the outstanding feature of the latest edition of Meridiani Montagne. Evocative scenery between snow and silence…

Wed, 27 January 2016

SAN GIULIO, THE DRAGON AND THE NUNS' BREAD

Saint Giulio's Day is one of the most eagerly awaited festivals on the shores of Lake Orta. On the 31st January, pilgrims flock to the island as the builders from Cusio celebrate t..

Tue, 19 January 2016

THE CORRESPONDENCE

The spectacular scenery of Lake Orta and the island of San Giulio are immortalized in “The Correspondence” by the Oscar-winning film director Giuseppe Tornatore

Mon, 7 September 2015

Osteria San Martino

A warm, cosy restaurant where you can taste the dishes typical of the Piedmont culinary tradition

Mon, 22 June 2015

Alessi: a dream factory

Alessi's pholosophy: to fulfil people's dreams through creative design

Sat, 18 October 2014

Mushroom time

Looking for porcini mushrooms in the woods surrounding Lake Orta

Sun, 12 October 2014

The most beautiful place in the world (for me...)

A magical sunset, the stillness of a wood and a breakfast with lake view are priceless

Sun, 14 September 2014

Risotto with mushrooms

A dish where the mushrooms from Mottarone complement to perfection the rice cultivated in the paddies around Novara

Mon, 5 May 2014

Antonino Cannavacciuolo

You will find the best of Italian cooking in Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta: chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo awaits you in his pluri-awarded restaurant in Villa Crespi.

Tue, 29 April 2014

The miracle of Our Lady of Bocciola

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bocciola perched on the hill above La Darbia was built to commemorate a miraculous happening in the 16th century

Fri, 28 March 2014

LA BOTTEGA di Edo

All Italian villages even the tiniest of hamlets hidden among our valleys have somewhere people can meet. This place is often the village square or the Sports...

Fri, 21 March 2014

A romantic getaway

Because of its magical atmosphere, Lake Orta has always been considered the most romantic of all the Italian lakes but, in our opinion, this definition is....

Wed, 5 March 2014

Hostaria dei Santi Numi

Are you familiar with Starbucks? And Burger King? Just imagine one of those places invariably found in the commercial centers of all the large cities around...

Mon, 17 February 2014

Cosetta Dal Cin

Among the few tour guides who live right here on Lake Orta, we do really suggest you our friend Cosetta!

Mon, 17 February 2014

Monte Rosa

The imposing and snowcapped Monte Rosa will keep you company on sunny days while you are having breakfast on your terrace at La Darbia.

Tue, 21 January 2014

Cantina Nervi in Gattinara

Just 30 minutes' drive from La Darbia you can reach the historical Nervi cellar where the Gattinara Molsino ages for 50 months in large oak casks.

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