The island St. Jules on Lake Orta

A guided tour is not complete without the excursion to the Island San Giulio. The only island on the lake is situated almost in the centre of Lake Orta and is dedicated to San Giulio, who was the first to land here and proclaim Christianity to the inhabitants of this territory.  We will first sail around the island to see the fronts of the villas and the hidden gardens and then visit it. Inside the Romanesque Basilica there are frescoes in different styles, a crypt and the most impressive feature, a masterpiece of the Italian sculpture: a wonderful pulpit with superb carvings made of serpentine stone dating back to 1100. We are going to have a walk around the Benedictine nunnery, going along a little lane lined with villas, parks and gardens.