Escorted Rail Tours to Lake Orta
Visit Orta and San Giulio island
Located to the west of Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta is one of the
smaller and lesser known lakes in the Italian Lake District. The lake, like
many of its larger neighbours, has a fascinating history. It is
certainly the quietest of the Italian lakes, where the unspoilt
historic town of Orta and the island of San Giulio are set like
jewels below the Alpine peaks.
Lake Orta has a beautiful island, called Isola San Giulio,
which is home to a beautiful church - the Basilica of San Giulio.
According to legend, the island was once a rock inhabited by snakes
and terrible monsters until the year 390, when Saint Giulio set
foot on it. Walking across the lake waters on his cloak and guided
by his staff through the storm, the Saint founded a church, where
he was later buried, transforming the island into an evangelical
centre for the entire region.