PRIVATE TOUR – Orta between its lake and its holy mount

Lake Orta is one of the most romantic lakes in Italy! It’s a small sheet of water dotted with cute lakeside villages, famous for its isle where you can walk along silent lanes around its convent and ancient church. Its religious vocation is also present in the nearby Holy Mount, a beautiful natural path from where you will be struck by a panoramic wonderful view on the lake and its mountains

Meeting with a private driver and transfer from Stresa/Baveno by car/minivan. Meeting with a licensed tour guide at Orta. Walking tour to the intimate historical centre in order to discover the jewels of that beautiful lakeside village: narrow alleys, ancient buildings, rich churches and picturesque corners. Mini-cruise, by public taxi-boat, to St. Julius’s isle, where tourists will enjoy the visit to the Basilica close to which there is the monumental old Seminary. The small island, just west of the lakeshore village of Orta San Giulio, takes its name from a local patron saint (Julius of Novara), who lived in the second half of IV century.

Time at leisure for individual lunch, individual activities or shopping. In the afternoon guided visit to the Holy Mount of Orta. With its over thirteen hectares, it is a “Special Nature Reserve”. Moreover, in 2003 it was included, with all the other holy mountains, on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites. It is made up of 21 chapels located on a striking natural path on the top of Saint Nicholas Mountain (400 m. a.s.l), where the church of Saints Nicholas and Francesco rises together with the Franciscan Convent in wich some franciscans are still living. From the top of the hill, your eyes can enjoy a wonderful panorama overlooking the lake. Back to Stresa/Baveno by car/minivan.

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