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, playlist ready …and off we go!
What could be better than a nice run along a trail by Lake Orta to regain your ideal weight and connect with nature?
I leave Darbia early and decide to go uphill towards Vacciago because I would like to get to the little village of Lortallo, a charming, ancient place, perched at the top of a promontory, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the lake and massive Mount Rosa.
The lordly mansions and the big medieval tower observe me from above while the silence is interrupted only by the rhythm of my footsteps. Very few people around, no bustle whatsoever .... just me. I go fast and inhale deeply, meanwhile the first rays of morning sunshine herald a beautiful day.
Endeavouring to keep up my pace, I follow the road downhill towards Orta: there is no traffic, all you can hear is a cheerful chirping which reminds me that spring has begun at long last… I take the scenic route and then I enter via XI Settembre, a flagstone footpath along the lakeside. The lapping of the waves and an occasional fluttering among the branches alternate with the sound of my breathing. The tree fronds lightly touch the surface of the water, wooden pontoon bridges protrude into the water, the odd duck moves around the reeds while the warm sun shines above the peaks.
There it is! Punta Mòvero, the furthermost tip of Orta's promontory, where I stop for a while to contemplate the scenery. Then I set off again to get, at least, as far as piazza Motta where I decide to make a brief stop for a light breakfast. Finally, at a decidedly more sluggish pace but with a carefree spirit, I go through the historic centre of Orta and, following via Fava, head back to Darbia for… a well-deserved nap by the swimming pool!
Anyway, I already have another run in mind for tomorrow: I'll take the dirt road from Vacciago in the direction of Corconio, a delightful little hillside village with its characteristic narrow, twisty streets facing the lake and the Buccione tower, shrouded in silence. The outstanding landmarks in this somewhat dilapidated ancient village are Villa Bonola and the little church of Santo Stefano. Following the little road through the woods, Prisciola, you arrive in Legro and leisurely conclude the trip.
Contemplate the scenery, savour the silence, enjoy the time spent outdoors and feel in harmony with the world: what a great way to have a holiday!
P.S. For information on the trails around the lake, either on foot or by mountain bike, do not hesitate to ask at reception ;)