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Cusio and Lake Orta: discover the emotions and traditions between the two locations

Novara and Verbania
     
In the magic surroundings of Lake Orta, a three day trip between lakes and alps.
Lake Orta is the perfect destination for artists and writers, in fact we can find it in the works of many important authors like Balzac, Rodari, Montale and Soldati.
Renowned chefs and famous traditions contributed to increase its popularity during the years.

The area all around Lake Orta is called Cusio, and it is a charming place where nature, art and culture interweave in the typical atmosphere that characterizes the lake. A fascinating itinerary that starts from Omegna.

Territory Information
Distretto Turistico dei Laghi Scrl
Via dell'Industria, 25
28924 Verbania Fondotoce (VB)
Tel. +39 0323 30416
Fax +39 0323 934335
e-mail: infoturismo@distrettolaghi.it
www.distrettolaghi.it
DURATION:
3 Days
PLACE:
Orta San Giulio, Omegna, Valstrona
ADVISED PERIOD:
Summer
TYPE:
Art culture and religion
Nature and outdoor activities
SUITABLE FOR:
For single
For couples
For families
over 65
DISPLACEMENT:
On foot
By train
By car
By Bike
DAY 1
DAY 2
DAY 3
Omegna: the houseware district
Omegna, a lovely town overlooking Lake Orta, is considered the capital of the houseware district, thanks to the presence of internationally-known companies. Do not miss the annual Feast of San Vito!

Estimated time of visiting: 3hr
Transfer: by car along the A26 Highway, follow signs till Lake Orta
A cultural tour on the lake thanks to Ecomuseum of Lake Orta
The cultural network called “Ecomuseo del Lago d'Orta” coordinates museums and visits all around the lake and on the mountainside of Mottarone; a close net of themes organised on three main itineraries: material culture, art and nature.

Estimated time of visiting: 2hr
Transfer: by car along the A26 Highway, follow signs till Lake Orta
 
Lunch
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Visit the Strona Valley: traditions and local handcraft
From Omegna you can climb down into the valley Strona: from the sweet and harmonious environment of the lake to the roughness of the high mountains, a visit should not be missed!

Estimated time of visiting: 4hr
Transfer: by to Strona Valley from Omegna, along the statal road
 
Dinner
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Discovering Orta San Giulio, the pearl of Lake Orta
The pearl of Lake Orta, Orta San Giulio, is certainly a jewel of medieval architecture: its narrow and picturesque atmosphere will make you live an unforgettable experience.

Estimated time of visiting: 3hr
Transfer: by car along the regional road of Lake Orta till Orta San Giulio. The historical centre is reachable only on foot or by the turistic train
Visit the Isle of St. Giulio: magic atmosphere on the lake
Mystical symbol of the entire lake, the island of San Giulio home to the ancient abbey, which now houses a community of Benedictine nuns. The island is dominated by the Basilica of San Giulio, desired by the Holy in the fourth century.

Estimated time of visiting: 2hr
Transfer: to Isle of St. Giulio in 5min on private/public boats
 
Lunch
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Visit the Sacred Mount of Orta: spirituality overlooking the lake
The Sacred Mount di Orta is a real paradise: a religious place rich of artistic and architectural treasures on a sunny terrace overlooking Lake Orta.

Estimated time of visiting: 4hr
Transfer: to Sacred Mount of Orta: back to Orta by private/public boat, then take the main road and follow the sings to Sacred Mount
 
Dinner
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Visit to the Sanctuary of Madonna del Sasso
A wonderful Sanctuary located on a natural terrace overlooking the Lake Orta: a magical encounter between art, religion and harmony.

Estimated time of visiting: 2hr
Transfer: by car along the lakeside. Follow the signs - south direction - towards Madonna del Sasso
Visit Monte Mesma: a special natural reserve
On the hills of Lake Orta visit the Monte Mesma with the church and the convent of the seventeenth century: enjoy a marvellous view on lake and mountain.

Estimated time of visiting: 3hr
Transfer: to Monte Mesma drive along the highway 229, Lake Orta, Orta San Giulio direction. Near Corconio follow signs for Monte Mesma
 
Lunch
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Few metres from the Mount Mesma to visit the Boccione Tower
Situated on a hill that dominates the southern part of Lake Orta, the Tower of Buccione was part of a military outpost and now it's an appreciated touristic destination.

Estimated time of visiting: 2hr
Transfer: by car along the lakeside direction Ameno
Visit Legro, the village of painted walls
Legro, hamlet of Orta: the Painted Village. Legro is part of the network of Painted Villages, whose house are painted by famous artists, a real fascinating tour!

Estimated time of visiting: 2hr
Transfer: by car to Legro along the statal road 229 of Lake Orta, direction Orta San Giulio
 
Dinner
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