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Lake Orta

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.

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Stresa & Lake Maggiore
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Stresa and Lake Maggiore
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“On route to Stresa, the overnight stop in Colmar was great. Hotel was good and old Colmar a beautiful medieval town. Stresa was a nice location on the lake. The hotel in Stresa was OK but groups were treated a bit like second class guests, for instance, they had to sit in their specified area in the restaurant and not permitted to dine individually on the terrace, even at breakfast. The rooms tended to be at the side or back of the hotel but comfortable. Organised excursions out were good. The accompanying GRJ rep, Bob Whitworth, was really good. He was well organised, his administration efficient, and he kept the group well informed about each days activity. The Sherpa luggage service was also efficient but the paperwork was a bit onerous. The journey back to UK went according to plan but the evening local delicacy meal at the overnight stop in Dijon was not to everyone’s liking. However, my plate was soon empty. Overall, an enjoyable sojourn in Italy.
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