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Orta San Giulio, 28016 Orta San Giulio, Italy
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All reviews boat trip circular walk gift shop worth a visit isola bella benedictine monastery short trip euros return return trip fifteen minutes small church walk around couple of hours narrow streets orta lake silence signs
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Giulio Island is small but very charming. There is the lovely St. Giulio church with wonderful frescoes that is a must see. There is one cute shop run by one of two inhabitants on the island. Take the ferry over and enjoy.

Thank Ramadama
Reviewed 1 week ago

San Giulio Island is extremely small, it takes around 10 minutes to walk around it, and it is only 5 minutes by boat from the town of Orta. The island is home to an active Benedictine Monastery and you need to keep that in mind....More

Thank Giulia P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A fascinating small island close to Orta, it is well worth the short trip via ferry or water taxi from Orta. Given its small size you may run the risk of being swamped by larger tour groups, however despite this it is a fascinating place...More

Thank Rob B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After spending some time in Orta, my wife and I jumped on a small boat to Isola San Giulio and I think it is a really nice place to visit. The island is small - you will need less than an hour to visit it...More

Thank Marcelo V
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

We took the public taxi boat over to the island. It took fifteen minutes from Pella where we were staying. We went into the church ( shorts forbidden) and walked around the island ( 15 mins max) and although there were some bars to sit...More

Thank spaggia
Reviewed 1 September 2018

Getting the ferry from Orta costs around €4 and takes only a few minutes. Once there, there's one path to take you around the whole island, which takes perhaps half an hour in total. The basilica is worth visiting, as are the small paths and...More

2  Thank Giles D
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

Inspiring very small island with a big church dedicated to San Julio. It’s a 10 mn boat ride from Orta. . On omnly street ( no cars) that goes around the abbaierà and is called Via Del Silenzio. With very nice sayings hanging on signs...More

Thank My-Ooops
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

It was a Monday so not sure if things were closed but there seemed little open. Literally walked around and got back on the boat. Boat trip on lake is always nice though in this case very short.

Thank Syd M
Reviewed 15 August 2018

Lots of car park spaces although they are all situated on the outskirts of the picturesque little town of Orta. Simply follow the directions to the harbour which is approx 10 mins away. Try and get there for opening at 9.30 if possible in order...More

1  Thank GARY L
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

It’s a gorgeous little island, famous for the nun who have taken a vow of silence. There is a walk of silence with plaques around the island to encourage you to enjoy the peace. Pity the other tourists didn’t take to that, chatting loudly on...More

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22 May 2018|
Response from Marco Z | Reviewed this property |
There is a convenient covered pay parking at the entrance to the village of Orta. It is very convenient because there is little way to go on foot to get to the marina. However, I do not remember the cost of parking.
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Response from FrenchSandgroper | Reviewed this property |
The boat goes to the island and back. I think there is another type of boat that does a longer trip around some of the lake.
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19 October 2016|
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Response from Neil C | Reviewed this property |
First thing, car parking is as you drive down to Orta, there are open air and multi storey pay car parks which are quite convenient. It is a short walk down to the town and you should enjoy that too, many interesting places... More