Palazzo Del Lago

Beautiful renovation of an historic palazzo above non touristy Lake Orta, west of Lake Maggiore. Four bedrooms and indoor swimming pool, surrounded by some of the best restaurants in Italy.

Lakes district Villa 8

Completely renovated in 2012, Palazzo del Lago is a splendid 17th century mansion. The most amazing part is that the villa features gorgeous 17th century original architectural elements, such as wood flooring, large fireplaces and coffered ceilings and combines this with luxury materials and modern technology. All the architectural details have been maintained, restored and enhanced. Palazzo Lago has a little romantic garden, protected by walls to ensure maximum privacy for dinners outdoors. All services and amenities are very close. In close proximity are golf courses, horseback riding facilities, cycle paths and water sports, as well as five Michelin starred restaurants.

The villa is situated in Vacciago, which lies just above the picturesque town of Orta San Giulio and overlooks the lake and San Giulio island. This is an untouched baroque village full of 16th and 17th century buildings, holiday destination for noble families from Milan and Piedmont. Orta San Giulio is a maze of fascinating little streets filled with restaurants, wine bars, art galleries, gourmet and local craft shops. You can enjoy magnificent sunsets from there, especially from the main square overlooking San Giulio island where you can go to by boat until late in the evening. On a 15 minutes drive you reach Lake D’ Orta, which is considered as one of the most fascinating lakes in Italy. A 45 minutes drive will take you to the fashion and cultural city of Milan.

A stay at Palazzo Palazzo del Lago offers you a perfect escape from the daily hustle of modern life, in touch with nature and history, enjoying sports and great gastronomy.

  • • indoor heated swimming pool (2,5x10mts, 25mq, depth: 1,5mts)

  • • hydromassage in the pool
  • • wifi internet connection
  • • satellite TV
  • • washing machine and dryer
  • • dishwasher
  • • microwave
  • • cd/ dvd player
  • • fax machine
  • • iPod dockstation

Electricity is included up to 330kwh, as is water & hot water, internet connection, heating, swimming pool heating.

4 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms

Property Type
Lakes district
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Ground Floor

Internal court yard, outdoor area seats 8, indoor swimming pool (with hydro massage, cold/warm water), guest bathroom, Turkish bath, double shower. Kitchen with cooking island and direct access to courtyard, dining area with table for 8 and direct access to courtyard, guest bathroom, studio.

First Floor

Main entrance, large living room with fireplace and flat screen TV, guest bathroom, 1 double bedroom (not convertible into a twin bedroom) with en suite bathroom with bath tub including a shower and direct access to a balcony, 1 double bedroom (not convertible into a twin bedroom) with en suite bathroom with double lavabo and shower plus direct access to outdoor. Both bedrooms have an exit which leads to the main entrance, so the bedrooms are accessible from indoor as well as outdoor.

Second Floor

21 steps, 1 double bedroom (low ceiling) with en suite bathroom with shower and hand held shower, laundry room, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with big shower cabin and hand held shower. Outdoor hallway with view on the internal court yard and the streets, the rooms are only accessible from outdoors. Library and music room with lake view


Maid service 3 hours once a week (Wed 2-5 pm). Extra maid service and cook on request.


Refundable security deposit of $1500 Euro, cooking service food included: meat menu 70 euro per person, fish menu 80 euro per person. Extra maid service 20 euro per hour, babysitter service 25 euro per hour, laundry service 20 euro per hour, telephone.


Small supermarket next to the villa, other supermarket 10km/6miles, nearest restaurant Miasino 5 min drive, horse riding Miasino 3km/2miles, tennis court Orta San Giulio 5km/3miles, nearest train station Gozzano 8km/5miles, nearest highway 15km/9miles, golf club (27 holes) 40 min drive, boat available to go to the island, cashmere outlet 40 min drive. Vacciago Ameno centre approx. 5min drive, Lake D' Orta 15 minutes drive, Orta San Giulio 5km/3miles, Mottarone 17km/11miles, Arona - Lago Maggiore 21km/13miles, Stresa - Lago Maggiore 23km/14miles, Milano 82km/51miles (about 1 hour drive), Lake Como 2h10min drive, Lake Garda 2h20min drive, Lugano 94km/58miles, Torino 124km/77miles. Milan Malpensa 45km/28miles, Turin 140km/86miles (1h30m drive), Verona about 2h20 min drive, Venice approx. 3h20min drive.

Recommended Local Restaurants

Villa Crespi via Fava 18 28016 Orta San Giulio P. 0322911902 One of the most renowned restaurants in Italy. Two Michelin stars. The renowned chef from Campania combines top ingredients with technical know-how and aesthetic precision to create dishes full of clean and distinctive flavours. The focus is on fish, seafood and southern Italy. A true ambassador for Italian cuisine! Menu: 95€- 150€ - Carte: 95€-195€ A particularly interesting wine list. 5 kms/3 miles from villa.

Locanda di Orta via Olina 18 28016 Orta San Giulio P. 0322905188 One Michelin star. Overlooking a romantic small square just a stone's throw from the lake, this old 19C inn surprises its diners with its young, creative and exciting cuisine. Menu: 70€- 85€ - Carte: 48€-100€ A particularly interesting wine list. 5kms/3 miles from villa.

Al Sorriso via Roma 18 28010 Soriso P. 0322983228 Two Michelin stars. Fans of the Piedmont and the mountains will be in their element in this restaurant. The owner is constantly on the look-out for excellent regional produce, while his wife creates delicious, traditional dishes in the kitchen. Fish also features on the menu, but make sure you don't miss one of the best selections of cheeses in Italy. Menu: 120€- 150€ - Carte: 84€-150€ A particularly interesting wine list. 10.5 kms/7 miles from villa.

Pascia via Monte Rosa 9 28045 Invorio P. 0322254008 One Michelin star. Although just 30 years of age, the young chef at this restaurant is already producing a menu which features the best of Italian produce and a selection of delicious recipes. His great loves are fish and the ravioli, meat and cheeses of the Piedmont. Menu: 75€- 90€ - Carte: 67€-109€. 11 kms/7.5 miles from villa.

Il Sole Di Ranco piazza Venezia 5 21020 Ranco P. 0331976507 One Michelin star . Skilfully combining the traditional and the modern, this restaurant serves excellent local produce in an atmosphere of graceful elegance. Attractive terrace with lake views, as well as a delightful winter garden. Carte: 52€-135€. Good wine list. 16 kms/10 miles from villa.


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2019 Prices: From $7,500 per week



Reviewed March 5, 2015 for a stay in March 2015

We chose this villa to celebrate our friends 50th birthday. From the moment we arrived we were impressed with the level of professionalism shown to us by the Villa Owner - Giovanni. The attention to detail in this villa is second to none from the luxury bathroom amenities in each room to the design detail throughout the villa. The spa area is fantastic and ideal for relaxing after a busy day of skiing or sight seeing in this magical location. With the friendly store owner next door we were able to easily cater for ourselves and enjoyed sitting and talking in the cosy kitchen or around the table in the garden. Sometimes in these types of places with a group you can feel that everyone is on top of each other but here there are so many areas to go and escape whether it be to curl up to watch Rugby in the large TV room, sit around and chat in the beautiful dining area or relax in one of the beautifully appointed bedrooms which are all spacious and each with it's own ensuite. The Frette linen and towels add to the feeling of comfort and luxury.
Our group are all well travelled and we all agreed how beautiful our experience was this past weekend and will definitely recommend this Villa as a place to stay in Lake Orta. Congratulations Giovanni and team on turning this Villa into such a special rendezvous. You deserve much success. We look forward to returning in the future.

If you are looking to discover the REAL Italy, you need to stay at this property. It's a classic, old Italian building next to a lovely local church. Downstairs, there's a small market that has all the food, wine, and essentials you need to live in a wonderful, rural, Italian town. The third floor has a spectacular view of Lake Orta.

I know you often wonder if the pictures do a property justice...but in this case, this property was BETTER than the photos. The atmosphere...the feeling of history...with MODERN conveniences..all made this a fantastic vacation for our family. We traveled in the Summer with our teenage daughter because her sister was rowing in the world championships in Varese. The building itself is an immaculate restoration of a centuries-old building. Each room has a unique character...with comfort. The kitchen is delightful, and our mornings were spent shopping at the market for fresh fruit, bread, milk, and cheese...and everything we needed. The market owner speaks NO English but was extremely helpful and charming. Our "point-and-hope" shopping technique was rewarded with a smile, and even better suggestions.

The property is about a 15-minute drive from Orta San Giulio and the lake front...but you get a sweeping view of the lake from the top floor. Orta San Giulio is charming and not too touristy. Day trips to Milan were an easy 45-minute drive, so you get the best of Italy: The mountains, the lakes, the history, and the fashionable modernity of Milan. Lake Como is an easy trip as well, and worthwhile...though quite touristy. It's smart to spend for a private boat tour of the was worth every penny (price negotiable).

Reviewed October 2, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

The absolute best travlr experience, ever.

The owner was extremely helpful, and Manuela (his assistant) spoke perfect English and explained everything we needed to know. They have a cleaning lady who can come as often as you need, and it is all very convenient. After a long day traveling in Italy, it really felt like home when we returned to the property. The church bells were lovely and not too loud...just perfect atmosphere. I wish we could give the property six stars!

One suggestion: When you rent a NOT take a giant SUV like we did. The roads are very narrow! We managed quite well and did not scratch our lovely SUV. But it is much wiser to rent something compact for these old roads. It will make the driving much easier. The Villa, by the way, has a convenient parking area only a block away from the property--which was very convenient.

We would not hesitate to rent this property again, and highly recommend it to anyone who will be in this any time.

Reviewed September 30, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

We spent 3 days and nights at the palazzo and everything was just perfect.
Manuela, the manager, welcomed us with her charming French and did her best for us. We enjoyed the amazing pieces of design in this historical place, we had great weather, so we could eat in the courtyard every day.
This is THE perfect place to relax ( the spa is very special ) and fare niente except enjoying the place and the people you are with.
We will definitely come back at another season

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