Saturday May 28, 2016, continued
Lake Orta, Italy
We fell in love with petite Lake Orta, especially the alluring hamlet of Orta San Giulio, when we first saw it, so it’s definitely on our must-return list on this lake journey! Our journey from the Verbania side of Lake Maggiore gets us quickly to the top of Lake Orta, and the village of Omegna, where Alessi has been headquartered since the 1920s. Bright primary colors, flowing canals, and abundant greenery make up the compound, and we check out all of the marvelous design items in the factory store, crowned with an iconic teapot.
Orta San Giulio has become more tourist-friendly since we were last here…and a nice addition is a multi-story covered parking garage, where we find a spot and walk down to the enchanting village, looking up as we stroll to see all of the beautiful frescoes that we remember.We pause in the garden of the Palazzo Communale, taking in the view of Isola San Giulio offshore, then meander through the portico on the side and out into the narrow lanes.
There’s that delightful balcony where we enjoyed an anniversary dinner 8 years ago! The restaurant name has changed – wonder if it’s even better than Antico Agnello?
Someone’s peeking out a window as we enter the main square, lakeside. And in front of this arcaded building, ancient heraldic shields fading in the sun, a stage is being set up for an evening performance – wish we could stay longer!
The view from this rainbow row is terrific – and we walk closer to shore to gaze out at the islet. We boated out last time, today we’ll just look, perhaps with a bit of envy at those sailors. Up the cobbled hill we go, to seek out some more frescoed beauties – a trio on this façade. From a swooping Annunciation to a tender Madonna and Child, it must be a tale of Mary.
Aaah Lake Orta, you’re a fitting finish to our lake-ramble week. Back in our hillside apartment, a final sunset toast to the beautiful Lake District of Italy!