Orta San Giulio

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Orta San Giulio
Comune di Orta San Giulio
Orta San Giulio, drawing by general Charles Rouen, about 1868
Orta San Giulio, drawing by general Charles Rouen, about 1868
Coat of arms of Orta San Giulio
Coat of arms
Location of Orta San Giulio
Orta San Giulio is located in Italy
Orta San Giulio
Orta San Giulio
Location of Orta San Giulio in Italy
Orta San Giulio is located in Piedmont
Orta San Giulio
Orta San Giulio
Orta San Giulio (Piedmont)
Coordinates: 45°48′N 8°24′E / 45.800°N 8.400°E / 45.800; 8.400
ProvinceNovara (NO)
FrazioniCorconio, Imolo, Legro
 • MayorCesare Natale
 • Total6.65 km2 (2.57 sq mi)
294 m (965 ft)
 • Total1,280
 • Density190/km2 (500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0322
Patron saintSt. Julius of Orta
Saint dayJanuary 31
WebsiteOfficial website

Orta San Giulio is a town and comune (municipality) in the Province of Novara in the Italian region of Piedmont, located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) northeast of Turin and about 40 kilometres (25 mi) northwest of Novara.

View of the town

The town itself is built on a promontory which juts out from the eastern bank of Lake Orta close to Isola San Giulio, an island which also falls within the municipal boundaries. The frazione Legro stands on the hill which rises behind the promontory, Corconio is some 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) further south, and again away from the lake, while Imola consists of a small number of dwellings between the two, but close to the lake on the road leading to Gozzano. The municipality borders on Pettenasco to the north, Miasino and Ameno to the east, Bolzano Novarese and Gozzano to the south, and San Maurizio d'Opaglio and Pella to the west across the lake.

It is well known for the nearby Sacro Monte, which is a site of pilgrimage and worship and, like the town itself and the island, is a popular destination for fairly small-scale tourism. In 2003, the Sacro Monte of Orta was inserted by UNESCO in the World Heritage List.

In May 1882, Friedrich Nietzsche and Lou Andreas-Salomé, accompanied by her mother and a mutual friend, visited Orta for a few days on their way back from a Grand Tour of Italy. The couple visited the Sacro Monte for some hours and Nietsche fell in love with the charming Russian. Salomé could not afterwards remember if she had kissed the philosopher and she was not in love with him, a fact which caused him much anguish.


Villa Crespi, Orta San Giulio (Novara), historic residence now home to the restaurant of Antonino Cannavacciuolo, in 1914 was the location for the film Juna, a Ganges gyöngye (original title Iwna, la perla del Gange) by Giuseppe Pinto. (Info by the Dizionario del Turismo Cinematografico)


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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