Villa L’Antica Colonia is located in a superb setting on the hills above the Lake Orta and its island of San Giulio with stunning commanding inspirational views.
Lake Orta is on the west of Lake Maggiore at 20 minutes by car and about 1 hour from Como Lake and it is entirely in Piedmont region. It is known as ‘Cinderella’ and has long been a favourite destination for tourists thanks to the quiet beauty of the landscape, its fascinating history and its wealth of artistic treasures principally Romanesque and Baroque architecture. Of the handsome medieval villages dotted along its shores, Orta San Giulio, just 3.5 kilometres from the villa, is the most famous: a delightful village of narrow streets, cobbled squares, frescoed houses, palm trees and lakeside cafés. A visit to the Sacro Monte is obligatory for anyone coming to see the historic village of Orta San Giulio, the religious complex of several chapels with terracotta statues dedicated to the life of St. Francis, now inscribed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The real jewel of the lake is the picturesque Isola di San Giulio and it is worth taking a boat from the square of Orta San Giulio and visit the 12th-century Romanesque church with its immense Gothic pulpit and tomb of St. Julius.
The Lake Maggiore is also one of the main excursions; just at about 30 minutes drive you’ll discover the fascinate of historical and cultural aspects of its villages and the Borromean Islands. It is worth to spend some hours to visit the famous Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto, one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Europe with its innumerable rare trees and flowers coming from every part of the world that enchant visitors from March to October.
You can also drive up into the Ossola Valley to enjoy a walk amid the fascinating Alpine environment of Alpe Veglia, Alpe Devero and Toce waterfalls crossing the large prairies with century-old larch forests and imposing rocks as well as till the Monte Rosa mountain. It is the second highest massif in the Alps and offers several tours from Alagna and Macugnaga both for beginners and for trained people up to the refuges on the glaciers.
The villa is precisely located in Crabbia, a small and quiet ancient hamlet at about 1.5 kilometres from the main village of Pettenasco, one of the pretty lakeside villages on the Lake Orta surrounded by a delightful landscape away from the mass tourism. Close to the villa you’ll find local restaurants within walking distance. In Pettenasco there are more restaurants available, bars, grocery, supermarket, stores and beaches as well as a boat rental.