The Basilica di San Giulio on the Isola San Giulio
The town of Orta San Giulio
Panoramic view of Orta San Giulio and Isola San Giulio
Orta San Giulio is a town in the Province of Novara, in the Italian region of Piedmont.
The town itself is built on a promontory which juts out from the eastern bank of Lake Orta close to Isola San Giulio, an island which also falls within the municipal boundaries.
It is well known for the nearby Sacro Monte, which is a site of pilgrimage and worship and, like the town itself and the island, is a popular destination for fairly small-scale tourism. In 2003, the Sacro Monte of Orta was inserted by UNESCO in the World Heritage List.
The Alta Langa is a less touristy and slower area than the Bassa Langa, known for Barolo and Dolcetto d’Alba wines and crowded medieval villages, but it boasts a natural and gastronomic heritage worth experiencing.