Classes on lake Orta
Whoever chooses to stay at the lake will find an
atmosphere that is peaceful and relaxing, far from the chaos of the cities and the
unpleasant "stress of daily life" a restful place with clean air, healthy
activities and the opportunity to rediscover nature.
The plant life around the lake Orta is typical of a mild
climate: palm, mimosa and olive trees. A bit higher up are rich chestnut forests, a source
of nourishment for the local population in past times, as well as ash, maple and robinia.
Above 500 - 600 meters on the cooler slopes there are beech forests, while on the sunnier
slopes, oak and birch trees flourish. There are many possibilities to follow foot paths
that lead from the towns and villages through the forests up the hills and mountains (for
informations: Comunità Montana
Cusio Mottarone, e Comunità Montana dello Strona
e Basso Toce ).
Here are a few tips for short excursions. From the west
bank of Lake Orta you can climb to the Sanctuary of Madonna del Sasso, built between 1730
and 1748, which stands on an immense granite outcropping. Its large courtyard offers a
stupendous view of the lake and the hills sorrounding it, the Ossola mountains, and,
further away, the Ligurian Appenines as well as Milan.