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What to expect

Serene Setting

Stay right on Lake Orta's edge in a family-run hotel

Italian Charm

Discover the hidden gem of the Italian Lakes

Natural Beauty

Stunning views & picturesque villages

About the trip

Holidays to Lake Orta take you to the best kept secret of the Italian Lakes in Northern Italy. Set in peaceful surroundings in the foothills of the Alps, it remains one of the most untouched areas in Italy, and one of the most beautiful. The incredible architecture of the town of Orta San Giulio, with its pastel coloured buildings, picturesque streets and lakeside location, add to the enchanting island of Isola San Giulio, to make this destination a real hidden gem.

You will stay right on the edge of Lake Orta, surrounded by the green hills of Pettenasco, with wonderful lake views and tranquil surroundings. Make the most of the endless lake views by taking your place on a sun lounger by the lovely pool.

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What’s Extra

  • Lake View Room Upgrade £211 per week
  • Tourist City Tax – EUR 2.50 per night payable to the hotel locally (amount subject to change)
  • Insurance see here

What's Included

  • Return flights & transfers (Milan Malpensa)
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Double/Twin room for sole use
  • Half Board: Breakfast & dinner
  • Welcome Drink & Information Meeting
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Full financially protected

Lake Orta

Hotel Giardinetto

Hotel Giardinetto sits right on the shores of Lake Orta in a tranquil location north of Pettenasco, a small village on the eastern shore of Lake Orta just a five-minute drive from Orta San Giulio. With its own private landing stage and restaurant terrace situated on the lake front, this is as close as you can get to lakeside living in this picturesque corner of the Italian Lakes.

Spend the day relaxing by the swimming pool (normally in use May to September) and sun terrace or on the sun deck positioned on the lake. The guest rooms are comfortably furnished and the lake view rooms offer a beautiful vista (on request). The hotel restaurant is renowned for its local specialities and fish dishes, and the terrace provides a wonderful setting for dining late into the evening.

There’s a ferry stop conveniently located right by the hotel, and a lakeside promenade about five minutes’ walk away.

Pettenasco & Orta San Giulio

Pettenasco lies just 700 meters from our hotel and two miles along the coast from Orta San Giulio, a little village best noted for its handful of excellent restaurants. Its medieval houses, small beach and pretty harbour also help make it one of Lake Orta’s most picturesque locations. The local restaurants focus on serving locally sourced cuisine, plus there are often some great wines to enjoy alongside your meal. Please note that for 200m directly outside the hotel, the road has no pavement but there is a small footpath by the side of the road. So please take care.

When it comes to getting out and about, it’s easy to reach the nearby town of Orta San Giulio, which is just around the cove. A boat departs twice a day from our hotel (daily ticket approx 10 Euros). Hotel will provide timetable and various lake stops list. Or you can opt for a taxi (approx. EUR 25.00-30.00).

Orta San Giulio Town, best known for its jaw-dropping island, Isola San Giulio, is a fabulous place to spend an afternoon, strolling the medieval streets or enjoying the views from the lakefront promenade.

Out and About

Lake Orta is an ideal base from which you can visit Lake Maggiore, Stresa with its charming islands, or even Locarno in Switzerland just across the border. Milan’s sights and worldclass shopping options are 50 minutes away and the factory outlets of some of the great design labels such as Alessi and Lagostina are even closer. The vineyards of Novara and Vercelli Hill wineries are also all within easy reach, as is the mountain resort of Mottarone from where you can see up to seven lakes on a clear day. The verdant Val d’Ossola is also worth a visit, where you’ll find the stunning Toce waterfalls and a range of delicious local cheeses which can be tasted.

If this wasn’t enough, there are some optional excursions you can take advantage of during the course of your stay such as a trip to Zermatt and the Matterhorn in nearby Switzerland, or a visit to the Swiss and Italian Lake District. More detailed information is provided in our ‘More to Explore’ section of FAQs

Accommodation

Four-star Hotel Giardinetto

The Hotel Giardinetto has been within the Primatesta family since Luciano Primatesta founded it as an Inn in 1930. Its continuous evolution has made it a point of reference for the hospitality industry on Lake Orta, as well as further afield. The hotel lies directly on the beautiful shores of the romantic lake in an oasis of nature, it’s the ideal destination for relaxation and enjoying the surroundings. It has all the standards of a modern hotel, but with its own charm, a breathtakingly view and the thoroughly romantic environment of the lake.

Please note that for 200m directly outside hotel the road has no pavement but there is a small footpath by the side of the road. Please take care.

Facilities Include

The hotel has very comfortable rooms, an outdoor pool (for those who don’t wish to swim in the lake – usually in use from the late May onwards) along with a sun deck. The restaurant with its unique terraces directly on the water, has become famous for its regional and creative cuisine as well as for its wine cellar with over 450 Italian, French and International labels.

Room Includes

All 58 rooms feature comforts such as premium bedding and air conditioning, as well as thoughtful touches such as free WiFi and safes.
Other amenities include:
  • Bathrooms with baths or showers and bidets
  • TVs with cable channels
  • Daily housekeeping and desks

Rooms with a lake view on request with supplement charge.

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
April 16 °C 7 °C
May 22 °C 13 °C
June 24 °C 15 °C
August 26 °C 16 °C
September 21 °C 13 °C

Our Reviews

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