Lake Orta in between the mountains
Just west of Lago Maggiore lies Lake Orta. It is not nearly as famous as its big brother, but not less picturesque. In the middle of the small lake is a small island with a monastery where boats are going back and forth all day long. Near Orta San Giulio are la lot of guesthouses and a little further away are precious campsites, which are most often used by people from the Torino area looking for some peaceful mountain air. If you travel over the Alps through Switzerland and have an extra day this little gem is definitely worth a visit.
Lake Orta, Orta San Giulio with a view over the lake with the monastery