Travel off the beaten path for a visit to tiny Lake Orta, a jewel of the beautiful lakes region. Located west of Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta occupies a lovely setting amid hills dotted with villas and ancient monuments. Your visit takes you on a scenic route along the lakeshore to the village of Orta, which nestles at the foot of Mt. Mottarone. The village has long been a refuge for the aristocracy, as you’ll note by the Renaissance and baroque palaces that line the quaint, narrow streets, and by the lovely palazotto overlooking the water. You’ll also visit Verbania on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Called the “garden on the lake,” this town presides over a lovely setting on the Gulf of Borromea. Stylish palazzos line the waterfront, and lush gardens tumble to the water's edge, creating one of the most beautiful towns in Europe. The area is renowned for its pleasant, mild climate, and some of the parks in Verbania are resplendent with flowers and shrubs from around the world. This optional tour is the perfect way to enhance your Italy vacation!