Lago dOrta San Giulio Italy |Theres a very northern Italian magic about Orta San Giulio, one of the prettiest old lakeside towns youll find anywhere. Aside from its lovely architecture and tangle of narrow lanes – its the kind of place that rewards aimless wandering – it also serves as the gateway to the lovely Isola San Giulio and is watched over by a forested hillside strewn with chapels.