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, 21 August 2017

«Or blow me a kiss and that's lucky too» sang the chimney sweep in the famous film, Mary Poppins. The festival will be held once again this year. In keeping with tradition, hundreds of chimney sweeps from all over the world get together at Santa Maria Maggiore for their annual international gatheri..


We, 16 August 2017

Relaxation and charm await you in Stresa, regal witness to the grandeur of former days While the waiter serves me a hot cappuccino with a freshly baked croissant, I observe the wharf which is becoming lively: Stresa is blessed by sunshine this morning, the water of the lake glitters while little g..

Work up an appetite for some good food!

Tu, 25 July 2017

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 than by dining overlooking the lake. Naturally, Orta offers a wide choice of exquisite restaurants and many of these f..


Sa, 24 June 2017

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. Music lovers are already looking forward to a summer, rich in blues: by now a regular happening in Ameno, home to music and artists. The preview on Sunday July, ..

My secret place

Mo, 29 May 2017

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 creating a story or composing a piece about any subject you wished to.I can vividly remember the subject I wrote about mainly because I was c..

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