trips planned today
out of 5
Trustscore rating

Best things to do in Orta San Giulio

Itinerary planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
- +
- +
- +
Where in the world: Europe  /  Italy  /  Piedmont  /  Province of Novara  /  Orta San Giulio

Top 15 things to do in Orta San Giulio

1. Lake Orta

Lake Orta is dotted with romantic buildings that are reflected in the water. The lake's cool, clean waters are likely what's left of a retreating glacier. Walk along the lake's shores and find activities both on and off the water. Travel to the southern or northern end of the lake by train. You can stay in hotels in either area.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $275 › Learn more about Lake Orta

2. San Giulio Island

The isolated beauty of San Giulio Island made the island an attractive spot for monastic orders to build their sanctuary. The centerpiece, a 12th-century basilica, stands as an icon to the mainland village and is open to the public. Next to the basilica, a 19th-century seminary functions as a Benedictine monastery. Parts of this building are closed to the public. Archaeological findings on the island date back to the fifth century, when a small chapel was erected to honor evangelizer Saint Julius. This notable saint spent his last days on the island, but he wasn't the only known figure associated with it. William of Volpiano, or St. William of Dijon, was born here.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $165 › Learn more about San Giulio Island

3. Sacro Monte di Orta

Sitting on a hill facing Lake Orta, Sacro Monte di Orta is a Roman Catholic religious structure with chapels dating from the 16th century. Many of the sites tell the story of St. Francis, and you will find handfuls of paintings and statues. Experience all of this while walking through an ancient, peaceful park surrounded by trees. Signs point the way from chapel to chapel, so it’s easy to navigate, but the hill is a steep hike. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $328 › Learn more about Sacro Monte di Orta

4. Private Tour of Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta with Micaela

FROM $237
Lake Orta is a fascinating corner of Italy and Piedmont. Often unheard of, lake Orta is a true gem which is worth discovering accompanied by a local who is a licensed and experienced tourist guide. This private guided tour includes an English-speaking professional guide at your disposal for the visit to the ancient village of Orta San Giulio and a guided tour on the island of San Giulio.
Suggested duration: 2h - 3h
Tours from $237 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
Plan your trip to Orta San Giulio
  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.

5. Piazza Motta

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Tours from $242 › Learn more about Piazza Motta

6. Basilica di San Giulio

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Learn more about Basilica di San Giulio

7. Spiaggia Miami

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Learn more about Spiaggia Miami

8. Discover lake Orta - Private tours from Stresa, Baveno, Verbania

FROM $328
A half-day tour to magnificent lake Orta from Stresa, Baveno or Verbania on lake Maggiore! You can choose the morning or the afternoon tour option!  An English-speaking driver will pick you up at your hotel and will drive you to the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio on lake Orta that you will be able to explore on your own, strolling through its narrow cobblestone alleys, century-old buildings and special atmosphere. A stop at the Unesco heritage site - the Sacro Monte, Sacred Mount - is included. You can also enjoy a snack / lunch in one of the little town's cafés and restaurants, before being pick up by your driver. A tour at your own pace!
Suggested duration: 5h - 6h
Tours from $328 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Palazzotto della Comunita

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Learn more about Palazzotto della Comunita

11. Safari Park, Pombia

Safari Park provides a zoo, amusement park, and safari experience. Drive through the safari area in your car or hop on board the small train. Spot lions, rhinos, hippos, zebras, monkeys, pelicans, and more. In the zoo area, visit the farm, aquarium, and reptile house. Try to catch one of the animal shows, such as the birds of prey performance, which are announced on the loudspeaker. In the amusement area, enjoy rides, go-karts, and a video game arcade. There are several food outlets as well as ample picnic areas. If you’d like to snap some photos of the safari animals, it is best to drive your own car as the train will not stop for photo opportunities.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Learn more about Safari Park

12. The best of Lake Maggiore on a private guided boat tour

FROM $401
Whether you are a small party, a family or a couple, a private boat tour cruising lake Maggiore can be a unique way to discover this lovely lake and its enchanting scenery: green hills, snow-capped mountains, beautiful islands, elegant villas with stunning gardens, villages and pretty towns, gorgeous views....all this while sitting in a safe and comfortable private motorboat accompanied by a licensed local guide and captain. This stress-free tour will enable you to discover lake Maggiore's beauties wihout any effort, away from the crowds, in a relaxed atmosphere. Just you and your party cruising for the length of time you will choose ( 1 hour or 90 minutes). You can decide to have a stop or more stops during the cruise at one of the picturesque towns on lake Maggiore to enjoy a gelato ( ice cream) or a coffee! IMPORTANT NOTES: private boat skipper is certified, fully insured and has a regular license issued by the local authority that entitles him to transport tourists on board.
Suggested duration: 2h - 3h
Tours from $401 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Villa Bossi

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Learn more about Villa Bossi

14. Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese, Varese

Perched high above the clouds in the Italian alps, the 17th-century Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese is a sacred mountain. Its 14 hillside chapels each are dedicated to a mystery of the rosary. They lead up to the shrine of Santa Maria del Monte at the top. The chapels are filled with17th-century frescoes, paintings, and sculpture. For centuries, pilgrims have hiked among the beech and chestnut trees of Monte Velate to visit the chapels. Today, you can either walk or catch the bus and tram up the mountain.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $434 › Learn more about Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese

15. 4-Day Italian Lakes Tour from Milan

FROM $1,186
Enjoy 4 days and 3 nights Italian lakes departing from Milan. You'll have the chance to discover the most important lakes of the northern Italy: the small Lake Orta, the refined Lake Maggiore, the luxurious Lake Como, the amazing Lake Garda, the picturesque Lake Iseo. You will enjoy trips by boat on the main lakes and visits of beautiful towns such as Como, Bergamo and Verona. Accommodation on June, 12 will be at Hotel Villa Kirzica**** at Lake Iseo and not in Bergamo. Accommodation on September, 25 will be at Hotel Maxim**** in Verona due to the Marmomac fair.
Tours from $1,186 › More about this tour at viator.com ›