visit to Isola San Giulio (2009 TRIP)

Part 2 of my daytrip to Orta ~ see yesterday’s post for Part 1.

Thursday, July 16th:
I was surprised at how short the boat ride was from Orta San Giulio to Isola San Giulio (about 7 minutes). It was not a very expensive fare roundtrip. I want to say four or five euros round trip but I really can’t remember now. I found my boat ticket (motoscafi) but there is no price on the ticket.

Photos of Isola San Giulio from the boat:





The boat drops you off right in front of the Basilica di San Giulio.


This is the boat I took over to the island:


I took these photos right outside the church. No photos allowed inside the church, but it was well worth a visit.



I really had no idea just how small this island was until I took a walk around the island along Via del Silenzio, the only street on this island (except for a few narrow passageways down to the lake).


I found this cute guy along the way, not far from the church.


I was very surprised when after 5 minutes I was right back in front of the church! I figured I must have missed something, so I walked the loop a second time. Nope, no hidden streets. That was it!

Next up – Thursday ~ more of Orta San Giulio

7 thoughts on “visit to Isola San Giulio (2009 TRIP)

  1. Hi Girasoli, wow these are beautiful photos! I need to catch up on your posts when I get home from work today. I want to visit this part of Italy soon and would love to get some ideas from your posts. Thanks so much for posting and sharing your photos.
    I hope that you are enjoying your Holidays so far! Wishing you and your family a very Happy, Safe and Healthy New Year!


  2. Wow — that does look like a pretty small island! But so beautiful — I love your photos as you approach the island with the buildings all snug right up to the water line.
    The frescos look beautiful, as well. This must have been a lovely day.


  3. Kathy, thanks! I am glad I am helping you with ideas for your next trip. Wishing you a Happy & Safe New Year also!
    sandra, I was really stunned with how small it was. I definitely would not go to Orta just to visit the island but if in Orta, it is a nice trip. Very peaceful and a beautiful church. Really not much else to do though. I guess you could do laps for exercise :)
    Marta, there are a few amazing gardens in this area of Italy. I thought of you many times during my stay in Stresa. G would love them.


  4. Dear Girasoli,
    i work for an online holiday rentals company and i found your articles and photos about your trip in Italy interesting, so i linked one my article about Orta San Giulio to this one.
    Maybe i’ll do it again in the future with other articles. I think our customers will enjoy your articles.
    It would be nice if you will want to do the same with us in the future. You can find your article linked here:


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