Villa Fortis Apartment
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Unspoilt, relaxing and not as well known as the Lake Como or Maggiore, Lago d'Orta (Lake Orta) it is one of the most romantic and beautiful place in northern Italy.
The apartment it is an ideal base if you would like to explore this area. It is near the shore of the Orta lake and a drive away to the Maggiore lake and the Alps. The house is close to the skying resort Mottarone and 1 hour away from Macugnaga.
The apartment is on the top floor of the house. It receives sunlight throughout the year and has a big balcony with amazing views over the lake and the mountains.
The apartment is of a generous size and can comfortably host 4 people. There are 2 large bedrooms that can be arranged with double beds or twin beds. The apartment has 2 bathrooms and a fully equiped kitchen. The lounge has a large sofa that can sit 6 people by a fireplace and a skylight.
In the Summer you can go for a walk in the Alps, go for a sunbathe at the lido di Omegna or enjoy shopping in one of the many local markets. The nearest market is in Omegna every Thursday and is all year round. There are many local events that take place over the year, one not to be missed is the San Vito Festival which falls over the last two weekends of August. The festival features music from live bands, traditional religious processions, a number of market stalls, live DJ's, culminating with a spectacular firework display on the lake.
In Omegna you will find as well the famous italian kitchen designer Alessi, which has a factory there with an outlet open to the public.
In Winter you can explore the many Christmas markets especially over the weekends or go for a ski at one of the many skiing resorts, the nearest at Mottarone which is only 30 minutes drive.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lido Omegna 3 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malpensa Milan 65 km, Nearest railway: Omegna 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The North West Italy region
Italian lake holidays are perfect for a truly magical holiday. No other destination in Europe combines the breathtaking scenery, picturesque villages and romantic atmosphere quite like the Italian lakes. Of these, Lake Orta and Maggiore are the best.
Easily accessible from Milan via the motorway, it is a perfect gateway to relax from the stresses of day to day life and experience Italian Alpine life. Lake Orta offers plenty of opportunities both for the lovers of a tranquil beach holiday in the summer, including sightseeing, shopping and summer mountain sports, aswell as for the lovers of winter mountain sports or just those wanting to relax.
The temperature is warm from spring to autumn whilst cold in the winter. During the winter months it is surrounded by snow, Christmas markets and plenty of skiing opportunities. It won't disappoint you!!
Lake Orta (Italian: Lago d’Orta) is a lake in the north of Italy, west of Lake Maggiore.
"There is a code of silence that surrounds Lake Orta in northern Italy. Visitors are reluctant to tell others about its beauty for fear of increasing … well, the number of visitors. Indeed, it is astonishing how few people – even Italians – know about the place, and it is telling that the Milanese call it La Cenerentola (Cinderella) because they have long considered it the secretly superior sibling to the larger, money-blighted lakes of Como and Maggiore. But, for me, what sets Orta apart is not its beauty – though the place is absurdly pretty – but the lake's mysterious, ethereal, almost supernatural quality. There is something for the soul there as well as for the eye".
From The Guardian, http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2012/mar/09/italy-lake-orta-unspoilt
It has been named Lago Orta since the 16th century, but was previously called the Lago di San Giulio, after Saint Julius (4th century), the Patron Saint of the region. Its scenery is characteristically Italian, while the San Giulio island has some very picturesque buildings, and takes its name from the local saint, Julius of Novara, who lived in the 4th century.
- Church of Sant'Ambrogio.
This is a late-Romanesque building with a nave and two aisle, with side chapels. The bell tower is medieval. The interior is now in a Baroque style, and is home to an altarpiece by Fermo Stella da Caravaggio (1547) and an urn with the relics of Sant Vito.
- Ponte Antico
A 15th century ancient Bridge over the Strona river.
- Porta della Valle ("Valley Gate", c. 1100 AD), also known as Porta Romana.
This is the only surviving gate among the five medieval gates of Omegna.
- Alessi Factory
Buy Alessi products from the top Italian designer in their factory outlet.
ORTA S. GIULIO
The town itself is built on a hill overlooking the lake which juts out from the eastern bank of Lake Orta close to the Island San Giulio. It is well known for the nearby Sacro Monte Monestry, which is a site of pilgrimage and worship and, like the town itself and the island, is a popular destination. In 2003, the Sacro Monte of Orta was put on the World Heritage List by UNESCO.
MOTTARONE SKI RESORT
The Mottarone mountain is situated between Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta and is considered one of the most beautiful natural balconies in the whole of the Piedmont and the north of Italy. Its location allows the tourist to gaze over a 360° view, from the Po Valley to the summits of the Alps covering the view of seven lakes (Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta, Lake Mergozzo, Lake Varese, Lake Camabbio, Lake Monate, Lake Biandronno).
The Mottarone is not only a breathtaking view, but also offers plenty to do in every season: it's possible to take part in winter sports and summer sports which include trekking, hand-gliding and descending from the top of the mountain by bike, which can be rented on the day. You can also enjoy trying a range of typical regional menus from a number of bar / restaurants which offer a cosy Alpine feel.
DOMOBIANCA Ski Resort (50 mins drive)
The ski runs of Domobianca, a ski resort situated just 15 minutes drive from Domodossola, wind from Alpe Lusentino to the 1900 metres of the peak of the Moncucco, with a difference in altitude of about 1000 m. It is a locality which offers a unique panorama, stretching as far as Monte Rosa, where one can ski along approximately 20 km of ski runs covered entirely by a modern artificial snow system. Moreover, all the runs are approved for the organisation of regional and national competitions. Domobianca also has an automatic timing system and a nocturnal illumination system, which covers the whole of a 3 km long ski run with a difference in altitude of 600 m. There is a small snowpark at the top of the Moncucco
For more info visit the blog: http://lakeortaholiday.blogspot.com/
Comments about Lake Orta from Tripadvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g187854-d585256-Reviews-Lake_Orta_Lago_d_Orta-Orta_San_Giulio_Province_of_Novara_Piedmont.html
Here some of these reviews:
"I love the Italian Lakes but Orta is my favourite - I'm almost reluctant to recommend it in case it becomes too popular". Pixie Scot, London
"It's not only one of the most romantic and beautiful lakes of northern Italy. It's also the one with the cleanest water". David S, Melbourne
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27 Jul 2014
L' appartamento è molto carino e confortevole con una vista sul lago mozzafiato e logisticamente ben posizionato, i proprietari sono molto simpatici e disponibili. Una vacanza molto piacevole, s… More
Grazie mille per la fantastica recensione...
12 Jun 2014
"Another brilliant stay!"
We said we would return and we did. Still the same wonderful hosts and villa. Spent more hours on the balcony looking at the ever changing view. This time we went to Alpe Devero. Stunning. Already pla… More
Hi Chris it is a pleasure having you here with us. Thanks again for coming back and we hoipe to see you next year.
28 Oct 2013
"super apartment, fabulous views, lovely hosts"
We had a lovely week here in October Roberto, Gina and families made us very welcome and Robert',s tomatoes and peppers were delicious (so much bigger and tasier than anything we get here at hom… More
Thank you for your lovely review. It was great having you as our guests!
23 Sep 2013
Roberto is generous and unbelievably hospitable, the photographs don't come close to doing the apartment or the views justice. Omegna is quaint and the people friendly.I could go on and on, but, … More
many thanks Mike it was a pleasure to have you in our apratment...come back soon ;-)
11 Sep 2013
"A fantastic place for a holiday"
We loved it at Villa Fortis.The apartment feels like a home and Roberto and Enza are very welcoming. Prosecco is in the fridge on arrival and fresh vegetables from the garden. Communication before goi… More
Thanks for your nice review it was a pleasure communicating with you and we really happy that you had a great time there!!!
5 Aug 2013
"Restful, Well equipped, perfect setting for perfect holiday."
We were recommended Villa Fortis by friends - and we were not at all disappointed!
- The apartment is airy and spacious, well equipped (kitchen in particular has all necessary equipment) and with views to die for.
-The Balcony is a marvelous bonus - and was where we chose to do our eating and lounging around... allowing us to feel at home outdoors as well as indoors.
-Roberto and family were most welcoming and made us feel very much at home.
-Finally, the area is simply great and just across the lake is an outdoor family swimming pool which also offers access to lake swimming and rental of canoes.
It was great meeting you and see that you enjoyed your stay with us...you are welcome to come back anytime!!!
28 Jul 2013
"A wonderful relaxing holiday with my wife"
we decided to drive to the villa and use the journey as part of the holiday experience,this we also recommend !!
on arrival we were greeted by Roberto and his wife Ensa who immediately welcomed us with a wonderful friendly greeting along with the offering of fresh salad and herbs and spices from Roberto's garden.
we were shown to the apartment, arms laden with fresh produce and Roberto's sister went thru the apartment and facilities - excellently presented along with the facilities being aired and pleasantly perfumed - my wife wanted to get all her washing done so it all had the same aroma !!!
we didn't venture too far over the week as the journey was long enough to get to the apartment, but we visited Orta and spent a lot of time in Omegna which we found very reasonably priced.
All in all we would highly recommend this as a wonderful relaxing holiday with beautiful scenery and friendly people-there is a lido available directly across the lake from the apartment - this can be seen using binoculars supplied by owner - it has 2 outside pools and all necessary facilities included.
to finalise we had a wonderful holiday - with stunning views - we hope to come again and recommend to friends and family
Thank you very much Chris for your nice review, we really enjoyed having you and your wife with us and would be delighted to welcome you back anytime in the future!
6 Jul 2013
"Welcoming apartment with stunning views"
We received a very warm welcome on arrival and a apartment exceeded our expectations, on size, comfort and facilities. The views were wonderful and no photo can do it justice. It feels very relaxing, chilled out within 10 minutes of arriving.
The family made us feel extremely welcome and when we left we felt more like friends. Can't wait to go back next year.
It was an absolute pleasure...we are looking forward having you next year! Thanks a lot!!!
8 Jun 2013
"stunning apartment-magnificent view"
We arrived late but Roberto met us with both food and drink. The apartment is very well equipped and we wanted for nothing. The view from the balcony is breathtaking and we spent many happy hours just… More
It was an absolute pleasure having you in our flat and we look forward having you back! Many thanks for your kind review...
14 May 2013
"Villa Fortis exceeded our expectations"
On arrival we received a warm welcome from Roberto and his sister Luigiana (who speaks English). The apartment was light and spacious and the views of the lake and mountains from the kitchen and living room were spectacular. We particularly enjoyed sitting on the large balcony in the afternoon sun, sipping on a glass of Italian wine and taking in the magnificent views. We also thoroughly enjoyed conversing with Roberto as he worked in his garden below.
Thank you very much for your fantastic review we really loved to have you and your wife in our flat coming from the other side of the world!
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