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.

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.

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

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