What you can do from 1 to 8 May on lake Orta

MARKETS: In town centre of Omegna: weekly market on Thursday, 1st and Antiques market on Saturday, 3rd May

PHOTO EXHIBITION in Orta San Giulio At Antico Borgo Gallery: Un’insolita Orta. By Zbigniew Danilowicz until Sunday,4th

A PARAGLIDING DAY ON MOTTARONE : A Free Day for Paragliding, organized by NorthWestParagliding on Sunday, 4th May on Mottarone Mount. Participation free of charge. A multimedia presentation of this sport practice and easy tests ashore. In case of bad weather it will take place at Palazzetto del Ghiaccio (Ice Palace) in Colazza, Vergante Hills.
During the day prize extraction of a tandem flight! Info and enrolling: www.northwestparagliding.it

WALKING  THROUGH  “CASTELLI CUSIANI” with Girolago on Sunday, 4th May

Castelli Cusiani was between 1927 and 1945, the name of a three town ancient community (San Maurizio d’Opaglio, Pella, Pogno and other territories).
A very easy walk is organised to discover ancient and still well conserved naturalistic areas, where also lot of industries have been grown.  It is possible to join the walking group even only for the morning tour (from San Maurizio d’Opaglio to Lagna with pocket lunch)

Meeting point at 9 h. at San Maurizio d’Opaglio at the “Teatro degli Scalpellini”. Big free parking area.
The tour will start at 9.30

In the morning visit of Villa Bettoja in Opagliolo, Oratorio della Fontana di San Giulio, Alpiolo, Sazza, Pascolo, Lagna.

Pocket lunch break at La Finestra sul Lago

In the afternoon visit of Pella San Filiberto Alzo Famiglia Alzese San Maurizio d`Opaglio Museo del Rubinetto

Arrival at San Maurizio d’Opaglio for 17 h.

Walking shoes are required.
Price € 10,00 (8,00 with “Amico dell’ecomuseo” card. You can subscribe at the meeting point)

Info and enrollment (required) at Ecomuseo: tel. 0323.89622 – ecomuseo@lagodorta.net

In case of bad weather the walking tour won’t take place.


Omegna Lake Orta

Omegna, the birthplace of worldwide known industries of household items like Alessi, Bialetti, Lagostina, Ruffoni,  has been for many years the main centre for production of pots and small home appliances in Italy, today  the town represents the cultural reference point of the whole territory and is slowly converting its economy into tourism. The Lake of Orta is situated at west of Lake Maggiore.

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Contrary to what happens to many of the alpine lakes, which have the effluent to the south, the waters of Lake of Orta, are crossing Omegna and going out to the north,  giving life to the Nigoglia stream, which then flows into the Strona and across the river Toce, in the Lake Maggiore. Cusio, so it is called the area of the Lake of Orta, is a fascinating land rich in nature, art and culture. The gem of lake is Orta San Giulio, at about 11 kmts from Omegna, a small village rich in medieval architecture with its tight and suggestive alleys. On the Island of St. Giulio, according to legend, Giulio defeated at the end of fourth century, dragons and snakes. Founded in 1844, the old Seminary is today an abbey that accommodates a community of Benedictine nuns. The island is dominated by the Basilica of San Giulio, commissioned by the Saint in the IV Century where you can admire the wall paintings that reproduce images of Saints and paintings realized by the apprentices of the painter Gaudenzio Ferrari.( open to visitors everyday from 9.30 to 12.15 and from 14.00 to 18.00 (Info: Tel. +39 0322 905614). A Public boats service is running on Lake Orta (www.navigazionelagodorta.it) from Omegna to Orta San Giulio and to the main villages of the area. Another public boat service (www.motoscafisti.com) will take you to the Island from Orta.