Much smaller than its renowned Lombard neighbours, Lake Orta is a mere nine miles long and 2.5 miles wide. It is less frequented by visitors at weekends and during the summer, which makes it the perfect destination for those looking for a bit of peace and quiet. Orta San Giulio is teeming with picturesque sites . Wander around the lake, or relax at one of the many cafes lining its shores. Do not miss out on the small island Isola San Giulio, which is a short boat ride from Orta San Giulio. Here you will find a 12th century basilica, which makes for a good stop before continuing your journey.