We walk down to the historical town of Orta, in front of the
mystic and mysterious Island of Saint Giulio.
In the centre of the town the small oratory of Saint Rocco
XVII c., the Town Hall, the private XV c. Villa Bossi
enlarged in the 1700s, from the garden there is a pretty view
across the lake and then to piazza Motta square the
“sitting-room” of Orta, here is the old Palazzo della
Comunità, a building of the XVI c. and the old Pawnshop and
the “Motta” slope where one of the oldest houses of Orta is:
the House of Dwarfs a XV c. building, the Church of Our Lady
of the Assumption and Gemelli Palace.
On the Island of Saint Giulio the Basilica is a masterpiece
of the Romanesque art, it was built according to the legend
by Giulio at the end of the IV c.. Inside frescoes painted in
the 1400s, 1500s, the Romanesque sculpted Pulpit and
the crypt of the XVII c.
And what about the only narrow street of the island “the way
of silence” going around the Convent of Benedictine Nuns.
Between the villas and the gardens breathtaking views…