ABOUT US

Sailing over waters, headed for the lonely enchanting San Giulio Island, leaving from every port on both shores of the lake : a fundamental service, taken for granted by resident and tourists visiting the area. Today all tourists who want to cross the lake and visit San Giulio island can take advantage of an efficient public service of navigation, operating every day from march to October with a scheduled timetable that ensures daily service throughout the lake, enforced on weekends and on Thursday, the market day in the city of Omegna.

Guido Lubelli

Captain

Group director

Moreno Lubelli

Captain

Director

Renzo Bino

Pilot

Commander ship Azalea

Gionata Lubelli

Pilot

Commander ship Valentina

Alessandro Mazzuzzi

Sailor

Ticket clerk

OUR FLEET

Our current fleet includes 3 ships: "Ortensia", "Valentina" e "Azalea"

Ortensia

Our main ship, a vessel 24 meters long with 2 decks, a covered one and an open air one .It can carry up to 259 passengers. We have toilets on board, furnished with tables and chairs and with a wifi microphone that can be used by tour leaders, local guides and teachers.

Valentina

Our new ship, at full capacity can hold 107 places. This is the ideal ship for groups of 60 people. With toilets on board and a wifi microphone.

Azalea

Our historic vessel that has been sailing the lake since 1984. With 70 places, upholstered comfortable chairs, Azalea is the ideal ship for medium sized groups. We have a wireless microphone service for tour leaders and local guides.

Lake Orta

Lake orta is a subalpine lake in Piedmont, between the provinces of Novara and Verbania.
In the middle ages it was known as San Giulio's lake, and it was only at the beginning of the XVII century that the name Lake Orta, from the main town on the lake, started to spread. The ancient name "cusius" comes from an incorrect reading of the "tabula peutingeriana" where we can find a lacus Clisius, still unidentified. The historian Lazzaro Agostino Cotta, author of a famous study on lake Orta and surroundings, started using the name Cusio, that we can find in both learned and administrative texts, and it is still used nowadays referring to the lake. On the other hand it is only a legend that this name could come from a fantastic tribe called "Usii", appearing for the first time in some writings of the historian Antonio Rusconi around the year 1880.

Geography

Lake Orta is surrounded by mountains, separating it to the east from lake Maggiore with mount Mottarone and to the west from the Valsesia Valley. It is the most western between the great subalpine lakes, and it was created from the southern part of the Simplon glacier. Differently from the majority of alpine lakes, that have an outflowing river towards south, Lake Orta waters flow northbound, with the small river Nigoglia in the city of Omegna and then into the river Toce and lake Maggiore. In the middle of the lake there is the beautiful small island of San Giulio, with a Basilica and the relics of the Saint who gives his name to the island.

Historic hints

We can find proofs of human existence on lake Orta dating back to the age of Neolithic, as we can see in the digs on San Giulio Island, where a ceramic fragment of a period called "squared vases ages" has been found. During the Iron Age the lake was inhabited by Celtic tribes, referring to the "Golasecca cultura". Then the area is invaded and conquered by Romans, as almost the majority of northern Italy. At the end of the IV century two brothers from the Greek island of Egina, Giulio and Giuliano, arrived on the shores of the lake and on behalf of emperor Teodosio I started destroying all pagan places of worship to build churches. According to the legend San Giulio left his brother Giuliano in the village of Gozzano to build the 99th church while seeking the perfect place for the 100th. He found the very right place on the little island. Since he could not find anybody with a boat who could help him sail to the island, San Giulio walked the lake waters on his cloak. Once he reached the island he fought and won over snakes and dragons who lived on the island, probably only a symbol of the pagan superstition. Then he founded the church in the same place where today we can visit the Basilica that takes his name, where he was later to be buried. We can find the history of the legend of San Giulio in many texts. Around the year 570 with the arrival of the Lombardics the northern part of the region of Novara became part of the duchy of San Giulio. The person in charge of defending the area from the invasion of the Franks was Duke Mimulfo in the year 575. Because of Mimulfo's betrayal the Franks succeeded in passing the Simplon and Lombardic king Agilulfo got Mimulfo beheaded. Nowadays in the Basilica of San Giulio we can see a sarcophagus believed to have contained Mimulfo's corpse, actually used as a poor box. In the year 957 Litolfo, son of the Emperor Ottone I , besieged the castle on the island where Berengario d'Ivrea barricaded. After Litolfo's death Berengario started hostilities back forcing the emperor himself to come to Italy. While Berengario built defences in San Leo, duchy of Spoleto, his wife Willa and all her wealth took refuge on the island of San Giulio, being it the only fortress of the reign that could resist for a long time. The siege of year 962 lasted two months and then the queen surrendered. Ottone seized all the wealth but respecting the queen's bravery let her free to reach her husband. Guglielmo da Volpiano, future abbot of Dijon, was born during the siege. The " Riviera of San Giulio", an Episcopal feud, was created in the year 1291 after a dispute between the Bishop and the city of Novara that lasted 20 years . In the year 1311 this small state became an imperial county and later on an Episcopal Principality. In the year 1767 the rights on the territory were transferred to the Savoia family. It was only in the year 1817 that the Savoia family had the complete rule over this county, after the last prince-bishop renounced. The northern part of the lake and the city of Omegna formed an alliance with the City of Novara in the year 1221 and then followed its fate.

Art and Culture

Gianni Rodari was an Italian writer and journalist, most famous for his children's books. He was born in Omegna, on lake Orta, on the 23rd October 1920. In his books we can find a lot of references to Lake Orta, one story was even set on San Giulio's Island. The city of Omegna created a theme park dedicated to him. The lake ha s always been chosen by writers and painters. It is on Lake Orta that Nietzsche and lou Andreas Salomè met for the first time, and it is right here that the philosopher, after being rejected by Salomè, started writing some of his famous works, especially "Thus spoke Zarathustra" Navigazione lago d'Orta offers a boat rental service for unforgettable holidays, group tours, business trips and cerimonie

Timetables

Select the departure location on the map to view the specific timetables.

Omegna Orta
9:00
11:40 (Thursday Only)
14:15
Oira Orta
9:15
11:55 (Thursday Only)
14:30

Oira Omegna
9:35 (Thursday Only)
13:05
18:55
Ronco Orta
9:20
12:00 (Thursday Only)
14:35

Ronco Omegna
9:30 (Thursday Only)
13:00
18:50
Punta di Crabbia Orta
9:25
12:05 (Thursday Only)
14:40

Punta di Crabbia Omegna
9:25 (Thursday Only)
12:55
18:45
Giardinetto Orta
9:30
12:10 (Thursday Only)
14:45

Giardinetto Omegna
9:20 (Thursday Only)
12:50
18:40
Pettenasco Orta
9:35
12:15 (Thursday Only)
14:50

Pettenasco Omegna
9:15 (Thursday Only)
12:45
18:35
L'Approdo Orta
9:40
12:20 (Thursday Only)
14:55

L'Approdo Omegna
9:10 (Thursday Only)
12:40
18:30
Orta Omegna
9:00 (Thursday Only)
12:35
18:05

Orta San Giulio Island and Lake center: Pella, San Filiberto, Lagna
09:55   14:00   17:15
10:20   14:30   17:40
10:40   15:10   18:05
11:00   15:35   18:30
11:20   15:55   19:05
11:40   16:15    
11:55   16:35    
12:35   17:00    

Only Saturday, Sunday and holidays

San Giulio Island Pella, San Filiberto and Lagna
12:40 (Thursday Only)
10:00   14:05   17:20
10:25   14:35   17:45
10:45   15:15   18:10
11:05   15:40   18:35
11:25   16:00   19:10
11:45   16:20    
12:00   16:40    
12:40   17:05    
San Giulio Island Orta
8:55 (Thursday Only)
09:40   13:00   17:25
10:25   14:25   17:55
10:45   14:55   18:05
11:05   15:40   18:55
11:25   16:00    
11:45   16:20    
12:05   16:45    
12:25   17:00    

Only Saturday, Sunday and holidays

Pella San Filiberto, Lagna, Isola, Orta
8:40 (Thursday Only)
12:50 (Thursday Only, Sabato, Domenica e festivi)
09:25   12:50*   17:15
10:10   14:15   17:40
10:35   14:45   17:55
10:55   15:25   18:20
11:15   15:50   18:45
11:35   16:10   19:20
11:55   16:30  
12:10   16:50    

Only Saturday, Sunday and holidays

San Filiberto Lagna, San Giulio Island, Orta
8:45 (Thursday Only)
12:50 (Only Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays)
09:30   12:55*   17:20
10:15   14:20   17:45
10:40   14:50   18:00
11:00   15:30   18:50
11:20   15:55   19:25
11:40   16:15    
12:00   16:36    
12:15   16:55    

Only Saturday, Sunday and holidays

Lagna San Giulio Island - Orta
8:50 (Thursday Only)
09:35        
10:20        
12:20        
15:35        
16:40        
17:50        
19:30        

Only Saturday, Sunday and holidays

Orta <-> Lido di Gozzano
Only on request, info line:
Tel. +39 345 5170005
Free parking
Direct boarding via Lungolago
Pay Parking in via Panoramica

Tickets

  • € 3,15 roundtrip ticket
    Orta - Isola
  • Roundtrip
  • Route of about five minutes leaving from Orta San Giulio with arrival on the island of San Giulio.
  • € 4,90 mini cruise
    LAKE CENTRAL
  • Mini-cruise of about 20 minutes starting from Pella.
  • PELLA - SAN FILIBERTO - LAGNA - ISOLA - ORTA - ISOLA - PELLA
  • The route crosses the town of Pella San Filiberto di Prorio to reach first the island of San Giulio and finally Orta San Giulio.
  • The ticket allows you to get on and off in every location of the route.
  • € 4,90 roundtrip ticket
    Pettenasco - Orta
  • Roundtrip
  • HOTEL GIARDINETTO - PETTENASCO - HOTEL L'APPRODO - ORTA
  • € 6,15 roundtrip ticket
    Pettenasco - Omegna
  • Roundtrip
  • HOTEL L'APPRODO - PETTENASCO - HOTEL GIARDINETTO - OMEGNA
  • € 7,35 roundtrip ticket
    Omegna - Orta
  • Roundtrip
  • Cruise about 50 minutes starting and finishing in Omegna - Orta San Giulio and vice versa .
  • € 50,00  
    GROUPS
  • Confirm you booking
  • € n/a on sale soon
    OMEGNA FIREWORKS
  • roundtrip ticket
  • Cruise for Omegna: fireworks

Groups

Navigazione lago d'Orta offers a boat rental service for unforgettable holidays, group tours, business trips and cerimonie.

Private hire

Each bookings price is bespoke to the type of boat and length of time hired.

Ortensia: Rental fee 600 euros for the first 2 hours, euro 150 for each additional hour.
Valentina: Rental fee euro 500 for the first 2 hours, euro 100 for each additional hour.
Azalea: Rental fee euro 350 for the first 2 hours, euro 50 for each additional hour.

Weddings

For the most important event in your whole life you can hire the ships Ortensia or Valentina, where you can enjoy a musical entertainment or even an "aperitivo" sailing from your restaurant or from any of the local boat departure landings. Please note that it is impossible to dock at the small landing of Casa Bossi in Orta San Giulio with our boats, the closest one in Piazza Motta. Please contact us for a quote of your boat rental.

Groups

Mini cruise with onboard "aperitivo"

For groups organized by travel agencies, tour operators, associations and schools we can follow your favourite itinerary with your local guide. Please contact us for reservations and for your tailored quotation.

We can offer a special "aperitivo" service during the Orta - Pella - San Giulio cruise.
Available everyday and all year round , even on holidays. Advance reservation highly suggested.


English translations by: Paola Bersano

Comunicazioni

Departures every day

 Scarica timetable
 rates
Boat trips Orta-Isola di San Giulio every about 20/40 minutes 

The Basilica of San Giulio on  the Isola di San Giulio is not available for visits during religious celebrations

Certificated and Local Tour Guides


GROUP SERVICES
We grant prices for groups of minimum 20 persons to be requested by mail info@navigazionelagodorta.it

Itinerary proposal for groups:
- boat trip departing  from Pella San Filiberto and cruising to Orta San Giulio with a short trip of 15 minutes around the island
- arrival to Orta San Giulio, piazza Motta, for your visit or lunch
-departure from Orta to Isola di San Giulio for your visit and return to Pella San Filiberto,  departures from the island to Pella 

To reach Pella San Filiberto from motorways exit Arona or Borgomanero: follow direction Lake Orta and the signs to Pella along the Provincial Road 46, crossing the center of San Maurizio d'Opaglio. At the traffic light in San Maurizio d'Opaglio turn right in via Bellosta and continue for about 3 kilometers until you reach the landing stage of San Filiberto.The landing stage is located in front of the church of St. Philibert and is clearly visible.
The bus parking is free and is located behind the church.

VOUCHER TO SHOW ON BOARD:
Navigazione lago d'Orta srl
Via Curotti, 36
28887 Omegna VB
P.IVA 01067040038 

 

Landing stage Pella San Filiberto via Lungolago 102 Pella

27.06.16  VILLA TARANTO 

VICTORIA CRUZIANA from 20th June until the end of October

20 June 2016

It is the queen of water plants and it is native to the areas of the big river basins of South America (Amazon, Paranà). Starting from 1956 it has found its natural habitat inside the hothouse of the Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto, where during the periods of greater vegetative activity, (June and July), the leaves can reach a diameter of almost two meter. Their striking flowers open up in the late afternoon with white pineapple scented petals and they close on the morning of the second day, to open up again towards the evening, this time in a pink version, which turns deep red during the night, while the pollination stage takes place. On the subsequent morning, they wither and plunge into the water letting the fruits ripen

 

 

04.01.2016
Basilica di San Giulio on the island: from April to September opened all day from 9.30 to 18.00 - closed on Monday morning .
During religious celebrations, events and concerts is not allowed to visit the Basilica - Holy Sunday Mass from 11.00 to 12.30.

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Navigazione Lago d'Orta S.r.l.

Via Curotti 36 - 28887 Omegna (VB)
Tel. +39 345 5170005    +39 329 3431378
Tel. +39 338 3355998 (Communication and Press) Email: info@navigazionelagodorta.it