The residence

Overlooking the most romantic lake in the world, La Darbia is the ideal place for an unforgettable holiday.

The residence
Having started life as a small rural settlement, La Darbia is today an elegantly restored village, suitable for the most authentic welcome and hospitality.
  • The residence
  • The residence
Located in the heart of a centuries-old forest, the property overlooks the lake with private gardens, a large swimming pool and a wonderful vineyard. The large park also houses the restaurant and vegetable garden, true havens of delights.


Spend your stay on Lake Orta in an apartment
with garden or terrace.

The accommodation consists of two or three-room apartments, furnished with every comfort and all necessary equipment.
Everyone has a wonderful view of the lake, the island of San Giulio and Monte Rosa
  • Apartments
  • Apartments
  • Apartments
  • Apartments

Between mountains, sky and lake

All apartments have a private outdoor area. On the ground floor they have covered porches and a garden bordered by hornbeam hedges. The first floor apartments have a large panoramic terrace.
  • Breakfast basket every morning in your apartment
  • E-Bikes on request and availability, with GPS routes
  • Salt water heated pool
  • Electric car charging stations (Tesla and hybrid)
  • Food and wine tasting of typical local products in the Cantina of La Darbia
  • Pool towels on request
  • Change of sheets and towels twice a week
  • Air conditioning from June to September
  • Wi-Fi connection in all apartments and swimming pool area
  • Apartment cleaned (every 7 days)
  • Bathroom courtesy set
  • Laundry room
  • End of stay cleaning service
  • Cot and high-chair
  • Hairdryer
  • Satellite TV
  • Play area
  • Reception/concierge service
  • Car parking on the grounds
The prices are per day and per apartment. For any information you may require, please use the CONTACT form or the BOOK form
  • Mar24 Apr8
    170 € 230 €
  • Apr9 May6
    250 € 350 €
  • May7 May20
    190 € 260 €
  • May21 Jul1
    280 € 390 €
  • Jul2 Jul8
    390 € 530 €
  • Jul9 Aug19
    420 € 590 €
  • Aug20 Sep2
    390 € 530 €
  • Sep3 Oct14
    280 € 390 €
  • Oct15 Oct30
    190 € 260 €
Stainless steel sink, fridge, dishwasher, two induction plates, microwave, cleaning set, detergents, rubbish bags, dinner, soup and side plates, salad bowl, teacups and coffee cups, glasses, wine goblets, cutlery and knives of various sizes, ladle and wooden cutlery, tin opener and corkscrew, pots and pans, Moka coffee maker, chopping board, washable placemats, tea towels, toaster, kettle.

Ware, utensils and kitchenette must be left clean at time of departure.
At the moment of reservation a deposit of 20% of the amount due is requested and may be paid by bank transfer (the email reply to the request will contain all the information necessary to make the payment). As an alternative to the bank transfer, the client has to communicate the data of his credit card as a guarantee of the deposit. When the deposit has been received, confirmation of the reservation will be sent by email. The balance must be paid upon arrival.
Cancellation of a reservation must be made in writing either by email or registered post. In case of cancellation :
• up to 30 days before the date of arrival, no penalty is charged and the deposit will be given back;
• from 29 to 15 days before the date of arrival the deposit will be kept;
• in the 14 days prior to arrival the entire amount for the stay will be charged.
Check-in: from 3pm to 7pm
Check-out: before 10am


We provide the best ingredients for your breakfast every morning, directly to your door.

Typical products of our territory, genuine and very fresh, strictly Km zero.
A magical moment to enjoy lazily on the terrace or in the garden, to share with the family or to enjoy in the quiet of the morning. Enjoying the spectacle of the lake and the view of Monte Rosa.

La Cucina

The territory is the essence of La Darbia and the heart of its restaurant.

La Cucina
We are not interested in fashions.
Starting from the products of our lands we look for new ways to enhance the taste of tradition.
We like to think of it as a country restaurant.
Original, simple and genuine.
He has just turned thirty, but can already boast of numerous important experiences, including starred restaurants and prestigious resorts. Matteo Monfrinotti dedicates himself with passion to a local cuisine by combining the most innovative techniques with traditional flavors. His most interesting feature? The tenacious curiosity that led him to search for small local producers, to find genuine and unique artisan ingredients.
The restaurant is open to all, both to guests of La Darbia and to anyone who wants to try an exciting gastronomic experience on Lake Orta.

We are open from Monday to Friday (for dinner only), Saturday and Sunday (lunch and dinner). Wednesday is our weekly closed day.


The vegetable garden, aromatic herbs, perfumes and colors. Nature all around you.

Enveloping and relaxing, among the colors and scents of vegetables and aromatic herbs, our garden is the ideal setting to sip an aperitif whilst letting yourself be thrilled by the spectacle of the sun setting and making the waters of the lake sparkle with its light.
  • Orto
  • Orto
  • Orto

La cantina

Savor all the friendliness and warmth of Lake Orta

La cantina
In our cellar every week Matteo and Giancarlo will welcome you for a free tasting of the wines and products of our Piedmont in a scenographic and convivial environment, being together is a pleasure with a glass of good wine and inviting tasting boards.
  • La cantina
  • La cantina


Exploring the surroundings of Darbia:
between the mountains and the lake


A week of delights, the seven best things to do and see around La Darbia.

I was asked recently what are the best destinations around our Lake d 'Orta, such as the most suggestive itineraries, the most interesting places and the activities not to be missed. Believe me, art, good food, nature, landscape, sport, there is an embarrassing amount to choose from!

Here is a list of my favourites:

  1. The island of San Giulio
  2. The medieval village of Orta
  3. The Sacro Monte dedicated to Saint Francis
  4. The sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso
  5. Stresa with the Borromean islands
  6. Mount Mottarone
  7. The gardens of Villa Taranto

The island of San Giulio and the ancient village of Orta
One of the most beautiful places in the world, an enchanted island that emerges from the water with its wonderful Benedictine monastery. Medieval legends surround this magical place, the mystical symbol of the whole lake.

Orta San Giulio

Right in front of the island, the village of Orta is destined to capture the visitor with narrow streets, palaces, churches and alleys that glide towards the lake. A romantic aperitif in the small square, not to be missed!

The Sacred Mount of Orta

Built in the 16th century and dedicated to Saint Francis, the Sacro Monte dominates Orta and offers a breathtaking view. I suggest a walk when the lights of the sunset make the lake sparkle, while the ringing of bells fills the sky.

The Madonna del Sasso

A true balcony overlooking the Cusio, the imposing sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso built on a granite spur, dominates the western shore of the lake. Sometimes it appears dazzling, kissed by the morning sun, or it emerges wrapped in the lake fog, it always evokes a fairytale scenario.

Stresa and the Borromean Islands

Stresa is the true pearl of Lake Maggiore, with its elegant liberty style hotels and the three Borromean islands that emerge from the water and offer enchanted views. It is no coincidence that great artists of a not too distant past (from Hemingway to Flaubert, from Lord Byron to Stendhal) have linked their name to these places so full of charm.

Mount Mottarone

Mottarone is synonymous with relaxing walks along broom-bordered paths, alpine huts where you can taste polenta, winter skiing along snow-covered slopes. The funniest attraction? The Alpyland amusement park with its rail bobsleigh track.

The gardens of Villa Taranto

Everyone should give up a couple of hours visiting the famous gardens of Villa Taranto, overlooking Lake Maggiore, especially in spring when the park offers an incredible spectacle with thousands of flower beds and a blaze of colourful tulips.

Before saying goodbye, I would also like to remind everyone of the many fun activities that our lake offers, from SUP to canoeing, from boats to daring dives (have you ever tried the great high dive board at Gozzano?) And again: the acrobatic courses at the Adventure Park and bicycle rides (maybe electric ...) through woods and paths.

Maybe, maybe a week is not enough...

Three ideas for a milanese day

Strolling around Milan on a quiet autumn Sunday, while the city offers up treasures and reveals unexpected secrets.

A day in the metropolis is like a burst of pure energy, the urban space is above all an encounter with humanity and its talents, with industry and history, art and business.Social life and civilization are the very emblem of the city, both fascinating and chaotic, at times insidious but certainly energetic, vital, pulsating.
Milan is like this, hard-working and dynamic, ancient and modern, open and mysterious.For this reason, every now and then I escape from the quiet of the lake Orta and come to visit some hidden corner of this vibrant city.And I am never disappointed!
Three tips, therefore, for a Milanese day: start with Brera, go through San Satiro and absolutely visit Sant’Ambrogio.

The street that gives its name to the Brera district was once just a grassy and uncultivated clearing that was chosen by the Order of the Humiliated to erect its convent.Today Via Brera is the axis of a trendy district, frequented by international tourists, dotted with historic shops, art galleries, restaurants and luxury shops.But this neighborhood has been able to maintain its own identity: you can breathe an intimate and characteristic atmosphere, almost like a village, while you can choose whether to drink a Campari at the tables of the Jamaica bar, take a tour of the market in via Fiori Chiari or visitthe most famous art gallery in Italy. I would also recommend a walk to the Botanical Garden and a stop at the Academy of Fine Arts or a little shopping in the furniture shops that make up the beating heart of this design district.

Another of my favorite stops when I come to Milan remains the amazing church of Santa Maria presso San Satiro.In the very central Via Torino, right next to the Duomo, between two buildings and hidden behind a heavy gate, lies one of the masterpieces of Italian art.It is a very special building: it is enough to cross the threshold of the church to be impressed by the large space behind the altar, characterized by columns and decorations, a space that is however only the result of an extraordinary optical illusion, a true perspective deception because,in reality ... the apse does not exist!This effective trompe l'oeil is the work of Donato Bramante, one of the greatest Italian architects, who transformed the small space into a brilliant artistic opportunity, creating a fake apse measuring 97 centimeters instead of the 9.70 meters envisaged by the original project.

The last suggestion for your Milanese day is the famous Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, which represents the ancient and devout heart of the city, as it houses the remains of the patron saint to whom all Milanese are inextricably linked.The church dates back to the fourth century (when the ancient Mediolanum was the capital of the Western Roman Empire) and was built outside the walls, in an area where Christians martyred by persecutors were buried.
I particularly like this place steeped in history, where silence and stillness reign supreme: I like to stroll along the quadriportico admiring the gabled façade, the loggias and bell towers, the cloisters of Bramante and, inside, the golden altar andthe column with the snake.
But in reality I am fascinated by the whole area where this characteristic red brick basilica stands, an area that also houses the Catholic University, Piazza Sant'Ambrogio and the famous Devil's Column (which, according to legend, still smells of sulfur).

As I told you Milan is a city with many resources, its greatness lies in the beauty that it knows how to preserve and that the hasty traveler, generally, does not see. But many metropolitan treasures often reside in the folds of the city’s geography, it is enough to know how to find them.
(I forgot: today's suggestions are all absolutely free!)

At least once in a lifetime

The traditional Piedmontese menu is now a real 'must' in the cuisine of La Darbia. Culture and not just food. History and tradition. That blend the pleasure of the senses.

While I observe the chef Monfrinotti who moves with harmonious safety between pans and stoves, I am enchanted: a ballet of sinuous and decisive gestures, accompanied by a riot of inviting smells. This is how his dishes are born, from the passion for authentic flavours, from the search for the finest ingredients, from the attention to detail.
Do you think he will reveal some secrets of his extraordinary menu to me? I don't think so ... but it is enough for me to be able to stand here and admire him while he takes care of his preparations. Genuine and fine products that are transformed into signature dishes.

So, if you are in the mood for gluttony, follow me: today we will take a journey into taste, to discover the flavors of the Piedmontese tradition. And the beginning can only be entrusted to the famous vitello tonnato, a historic dish, which dates back to the eighteenth century but which only the famous Pellegrino Artusi formalized in his cooking treatise, decreeing the presence of a sauce with tuna, anchovies, capers and lemon juice to accompany thin slices of tender veal. Among the starters, our cuisine often also offers the strong flavour of peppers, seasoned with anchovies and "bagnetto", a green and creamy sauce made with parsley, capers and olive oil.

And what about the first courses? There is something to indulge in ... The undisputed star of Piedmontese tables are the tagliolini, which chef Monfrinotti strictly prepares by hand, using forty egg yolks. The intense color and deep flavor of the pasta are charged with the frothiness of the butter and, why not, with a grated white truffle. And if you love stuffed pasta, you can also try the ravioli with mixed boiled meat inside, always a winning combination.
But we cannot speak of Piedmontese gastronomy, without mentioning the delicious “bagna cauda”, symbol of our tables with its strong and enveloping flavour. Since the Middle Ages this condiment based on oil, garlic and anchovies has accompanied the lunches of peasant families, especially in the cold winter season.

And to conclude «dulcis in fundo» says the proverb. And so let's indulge in the pleasure of a slice of bonet, a creamy delight with amaretti, cocoa and caramel. Or let us be tempted by a sweet mixed fry, made with semolina and enriched with zabaglione.
While the chef continues to cook and give directions to his young kitchen brigade, I take some photos of his dishes.
Dishes with a strong soul. Delicious dishes that taste of home, family, countryside, identity. Dishes to try, at least once in a lifetime!

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