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.

Apartments

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

Apartments
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 €
KITCHEN INVENTORY
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.
TERMS OF RESERVATION AND PAYMENT
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
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

THE BREAKFAST

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

THE BREAKFAST
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.
  • THE BREAKFAST

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 CHEF MATTEO MANFRINOTTI
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.
 

Orto

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

Orto
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

OUR AREA

Discover the surroundings around la DARBIA:
a treasure chest between lake and mountains

SEVEN WONDERS FOR SEVEN DAYS

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...

The magic of foliage

Along the Vigezzina-Centovalli railway line Autumn erupts in a blaze of golden colours reminscent of an artist's palette.


credits: ©Christian Guerra

All on board! We are about to leave!
The train master blows his whistle, the doors close, the locomotive moves away from the station dock while I settle down in anticipation of the sight ahead. I look out the window eagerly awaiting the scenery which never disappoints, especially in Autumn. All because this mythical little train, the “trenino delle Centovalli” travels through one of the most beautiful natural environments in Italy along a route connecting Piedmont with Canton Ticino: 52 kilometres of railroad between Italy and Switzerland, a journey that takes about two hours at moderate speed allowing you to absorb at leisure the beauty of the scenery.


credits: ©Christian Guerra

The ancient railway, a masterpiece of engineering, was inauguraed in 1923. It is actually a railroad with a narrow gauge track and, since it operates 365 days of the year, it provides a variety of different emotions in accordance with the changing seasons. Comparable to the images seen in films, scenes of uncontaminated nature appear on the window screen: characteristic villages, bell Towers and chimneys, fields and streams, waterfalls and bridges all spanning the deep valleys. The woods are the single most outstanding feature, which, at this stage of the year, proudly flaunt their intense, lively, and bewitching colours. The miracle repeats itself every year in October: the leaves on the trees turn into a kaleidoscope of warm hues, a dazzling riot of golden shades with such a regenerative capacity that Vigezzo has acquired the nickname of the valley of painters or rather “valle dei pittori”.


credits: @jacopo_de_grandis

Once the station of Domodossola has been left behind and the river Tocehas been crossed by means of a metal girder bridge, he train begins to climb uphill past sunny slopes and vineyards. I immediately catch a glimpse of the medieval tower of Creggio as the locomotive traverses woods of beech and chestnut trees, enters natural tunnels and proceeds along stone viaducts. The train stops briefly at the stations of Coimo, Druogno and Santa Maria Maggiore and eventually at Re, where there is a striking and picturesque santuary dedicated to Our Lady of Precious Blood, the “Madonna del Sangue”. It continues further down the slope towards Switzerland through the wild nature of “Parco della Val Grande” and beyond the border as far as the shores of Lake Maggiore. The line ends in the elegant little city of Locarno, a very popular tourist resort, particularly well-known for its International Film Festival.


credits: @benji.busser

As to how to spend the day, there is a wide choice of things to do: You may stroll around the porticoes of beautiful Piazza Grande or take a walk by the lake, visit the Castello Visconteo or the Pinacotheca in the wonderful building called Casa Rusca, or alternatively you could get the cable car to reach the Sanctuary “Santuario della Madonna del Sasso” in a matter of minutes, from where the view of the city is spectacular. When the light of day fades and evening sets in, the historic little train is there in the station waiting to take us back to Domodossola, making its way once again through the valley amid the spectacular foliage at sunset.
Just as the painter Van Gogh was heard to say:

« As long as the autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvasand paints enough to paint the beautiful things I see»

The baroque soul of Turin

How about a journey through the masterpieces of Baroque art? An itinerary on the trail of Turin's treasures which took shape in the distant “century of wonder”.


credits: @davidelanzaph

Arabesques, precious stuccoes and sumptuous and extravagant decorations. If you have a passion for Baroque art and its precious seductions, know that many Turin treasures were created in the distant seventeenth century when the Savoy dynasty commissioned the construction of a system of royal residences and entrusted the design to the most famous architects of the time. Thus was born the "Crown of Delights", a set of keeps and palaces recognized by Unesco Heritage and today home to important historical collections.


credits: @silviacortigram

If I have already told you about the triumphal beauty of the Reggia di Venaria and the moving grandeur of the Basilica of Superga, other fine buildings await us in the center of Turin. We could start with the sumptuous Chapel of the Shroud, reopened to the public after almost thirty years of restoration following the serious fire that destroyed the structure. Built at the end of the seventeenth century as a project by the Modenese Guarino Guarini, the chapel was commissioned by the Duke of Savoy who wanted a building suitable to house the relic of the shroud, the sacred sheet that according to tradition had wrapped the body of Christ. Guarini succeeded in fully interpreting the spirit of his time, creating an elegant and light dome, which gives the impression of reaching upwards, embellished with black marble, enriched by arches and pillars, enhanced with suggestive plays of light.


credits: @mary_wandermom76

Among the other Baroque jewels we must also include the elegant Piazza San Carlo which represents the real "living room of the city" with its elegant historic cafes overlooking the arcades. In the center stands the bronze statue dedicated to Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, while the two extraordinary "twin churches" attract attention for their perfect symmetry: even if they were actually built twenty years apart from each other, the church of San Carlo Borromeo and the one dedicated to Santa Cristina appear identical and opposite to the central road that separates them, while their majestic and finely decorated facades dominate the large space of the square, attracting the gaze of tourists and art lovers alike.


credits: @giadaalin

Another iconic and much admired building is Palazzo Carignano, also designed by Guarini and characterized by a beautiful curved terracotta facade: this surface that alternates concave and convex shapes is a true masterpiece and, according to experts, draws inspiration from the drawings that Bernini had made for the Louvre in Paris.
Still in the city center, dominating the very central Piazza Castello, we find Palazzo Madama, a heterogeneous complex with a double aspect: the architect Filippo Juvarra, in fact, was given the task of designing the grandiose façade that completed the original medieval building of which evident traces still remain in the rear part of the building. But it is above all the "Juvarra staircase" that is remembered as one of the undisputed masterpieces of the European Baroque: large and grandiose, it still conveys a feeling of solemn grandeur and luminous nobility, as it knew how to fascinate the travelers of the Grand Tour who visited Turin over previous centuries.
So, dear friends, do not miss the opportunity to savour the baroque soul of the city, walk along the great majestic streets, enter the churches steeped in solemnity, admire the daring domes and visit the fairytale royal palaces. Even in our modern times, made of technology and minimalism, the wonders of the Baroque never cease to amaze us.

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