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Lake Orta holidays

Lake Orta is one of our bestselling destinations – and once you’re there, you’ll soon understand why. Of course, it’s got the classic Italian Lakes good looks (the sparkling waters, the straight-off-a-postcard towns, the lush green mountain backdrop). But it’s also got a peace and quiet about it that you won’t find on the larger lakes, and an effortless charm that’ll make you want to return again and again.

Medieval Orta San Giulio is the main town. Its centrepiece is Piazza Mario Motta, a sunny little square lined with pavement cafés and buildings in ice-cream shades of lemon, peach and pistachio. Floating in front of the town is Isola San Giulio, a pint-sized island topped with a frescoed basilica and looped by a scenic walking path (the Via del Silenzio). Inexpensive ferries regularly putter the 500m across. Follow the uphill path behind the town, meanwhile, and you’ll reach a UNESCO-listed collection of chapels known as the Sacro Monte di San Francesco.

A five-minute drive (or half-hour walk) north of Orta San Giulio is Pettenasco, a quiet, pretty village. Here, you’ll find cobbled streets, family-run trattorias and pizzerias, and more lovely lake views.

Why visit Lake Orta with Titan?

Lake Orta is all about beautiful views, so we choose to base ourselves in a lovely hotel that’s right on the water. Our itinerary perfectly balances time exploring (we’ll visit the Roman mountain town of Aosta and spend a day enjoying Switzerland’s scenic railways) with time at leisure to soak up Lake Orta’s sleepy charms.

Optional excursions to Milan and neighbouring Lake Maggiore make it easy to explore in your free time, too, so you won’t need to worry about organising car hire or finding out about buses or trains.

We also offer a dedicated departure of our Lake Orta holiday for solo travellers. It’s specially designed for those travelling on their own – we try to make it as easy as possible to get to know others in the group, and give you the freedom and flexibility to be as sociable as you’d like.

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