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SEVEN WONDERS FOR SEVEN DAYS

Thu, 9 January 2020
SEVEN WONDERS FOR SEVEN DAYS
A week of delights, the seven best things to do and see around La Darbia. I was asked recently what are the best destinations around our Lake d 'Orta, such as the most suggestive itineraries, the most interesting places and the activities not to be missed. Believe me, art, good food, nature, lands..

A week of delights, the seven best things to do and see around La Darbia.

I was asked recently what are the best destinations around our Lake d 'Orta, such as the most suggestive itineraries, the most interesting places and the activities not to be missed. Believe me, art, good food, nature, landscape, sport, there is an embarrassing amount to choose from!

Here is a list of my favourites:

  1. The island of San Giulio
  2. The medieval village of Orta
  3. The Sacro Monte dedicated to Saint Francis
  4. The sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso
  5. Stresa with the Borromean islands
  6. Mount Mottarone
  7. The gardens of Villa Taranto

The island of San Giulio and the ancient village of Orta
One of the most beautiful places in the world, an enchanted island that emerges from the water with its wonderful Benedictine monastery. Medieval legends surround this magical place, the mystical symbol of the whole lake.

Orta San Giulio

Right in front of the island, the village of Orta is destined to capture the visitor with narrow streets, palaces, churches and alleys that glide towards the lake. A romantic aperitif in the small square, not to be missed!

The Sacred Mount of Orta

Built in the 16th century and dedicated to Saint Francis, the Sacro Monte dominates Orta and offers a breathtaking view. I suggest a walk when the lights of the sunset make the lake sparkle, while the ringing of bells fills the sky.

The Madonna del Sasso

A true balcony overlooking the Cusio, the imposing sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso built on a granite spur, dominates the western shore of the lake. Sometimes it appears dazzling, kissed by the morning sun, or it emerges wrapped in the lake fog, it always evokes a fairytale scenario.

Stresa and the Borromean Islands

Stresa is the true pearl of Lake Maggiore, with its elegant liberty style hotels and the three Borromean islands that emerge from the water and offer enchanted views. It is no coincidence that great artists of a not too distant past (from Hemingway to Flaubert, from Lord Byron to Stendhal) have linked their name to these places so full of charm.

Mount Mottarone

Mottarone is synonymous with relaxing walks along broom-bordered paths, alpine huts where you can taste polenta, winter skiing along snow-covered slopes. The funniest attraction? The Alpyland amusement park with its rail bobsleigh track.

The gardens of Villa Taranto

Everyone should give up a couple of hours visiting the famous gardens of Villa Taranto, overlooking Lake Maggiore, especially in spring when the park offers an incredible spectacle with thousands of flower beds and a blaze of colourful tulips.

Before saying goodbye, I would also like to remind everyone of the many fun activities that our lake offers, from SUP to canoeing, from boats to daring dives (have you ever tried the great high dive board at Gozzano?) And again: the acrobatic courses at the Adventure Park and bicycle rides (maybe electric ...) through woods and paths.

Maybe, maybe a week is not enough...

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Thu, 6 February 2020

I PEDAL AND I AM HAPPY

No, not the Giro d'Italia ... just a comfortable (and comforting) ride around Lake Orta. Thanks to the miracle of the e-bike.

Wed, 11 December 2019

HOLIDAY AIR ON MOUNT MESMA

It is always worth taking a walk to the Mesma, where at this time of year the characteristic crib is the most admired attraction.

Thu, 21 November 2019

ONCE UPON A TIME: THE MILAN OF LEONARDO

500 years after the death of the genius of the Italian Renaissance, Milan hosted events and exhibitions to commemorate its special relationship with Leonardo da Vinci

Tue, 29 October 2019

TO THE SKY WITH THE “BIDONVIA”

A very special mode of transport leads from Laveno to the top of the Sasso di Ferro. All to the benefit of the landscape.

Thu, 19 September 2019

EMOTIONS OF THE HARVEST

Far from the crowded places, immersed in the tranquility of the La Darbia vineyard, a truly ecological day that smacks of distant traditions.

Thu, 22 August 2019

A THOUSAND YEARS OF HISTORY

This is the extraordinary story of the Sacra di San Michele, perched on a rock spur, on the border between the Alps and the plain.

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