Osteria di San Giulio
The most ancient B&B around Orta Lake
Lagna, hamlet of S.Maurizio d’Opaglio, once depending
from the Romagnano Court, since
the X century has been included in the Riviera of S.Giulio
and Orta, personal possession of the Bishops of Novara up
to the XVIII century, and seat of the German Emperor Otto
I during his siege to San Giulio island in 962 a.C.
The first historical documents mentioning Lagna go back
to 840 and 1005 a.C. Beside the little enchantable Lagna’s
wharf is Casa Brioschi, from wich you can see one of the most
evocative views of the lake and where, since 1991, each summer
takes place, La Finestra sul Lago,a
summer festival of arts, music and theater. For centuries
the entrance of Casa Brioschi has been occupied by the Osteria
di San Giulio. The first document telling of the Osteria dates
back to 1823 when Caterina Fiorentini, ancestress of the owners,
asked to renew the authorisation for foods and drinks commerce.
Obviously the Osteria, once place where the boatmen gathered,
existed before this document was written. The first document
mentioning the building is a 1730 heritage inventory drafted
by Notary Olina from Isola di S.Giulio. The main entrance,
on which you can still see the original sign of the osteria,
gives access to the tipical court of this territory country
villas. Originally the “owners wing" was a two
floors building, but at the end of the XIX century was elevated
with a third floor including the original “lobbione”,
a traditional open space between the roof and the ceiling
of the rooms, generally opened to South, with granite columns
supporting arches. The chemney room at ground floor is particulary
interesting and evocative, with decorated ceiling with frescos
of the very early XX century.In the garden, close to 6.000
mq, you'll find a great vegetation variety: high Japanese
cypresses, once very common in the villas around the lake,
a mediterranean pine, here grown in spite of lake climate,
chestnuts, appletrees, a little vineyard, a very old rose-garden,
hydrangeas, camelias and interesting Japanes anemones.Now
it's a new start for the Osteria di San Giulio, offering a
warm, familiar, romantic and evocative atmosphere, the perfect
place for studying,
meditation, rest and love. The ancient rooms are filled for
the most with the original fornitures.
The wide garden directly opens on the clean waters of the
lake, where bathing is a real pleasure, and offers one of
the most beautiful panoramas of the region. Dozens of fascinating
corners all around, away from traffic, for unforgettable walks
in a fantastic landscape. Your hosts we'll be happy to suggest
you tours and visits to artistic sites, guiding you at the
discovery of this region, of its history and its culture.
The ground floor of the rustic wing is for reception and
activities, the first floor is for the night. Entering the
main door, on your right you'll find the reception, while
on your left, under the arcade, is the Osteria's kitchen,
a living room and the biblioteque. The inner stairs lead to
the first floor where you'll find the camera Magnolia with
2 beds and the camera Ortensia with 2 beds. ?Each room has
his private bathroom. The balcony leads to the Camelias suite:
2 rooms, Camelia Bianca with a double-bed, Camelia Rossa with
2 beds, a little living room and the bathroom.
In the "owners wing”, on the other side of the
court: the charming big old kitchen and two dining rooms,
the chimney room and the garden room with an incredible perspective
on the lake, and, facing the rose-garden, a little reading
room and music listening.
From Torino: A4 Torino/Milano-
63 km then turn for Gravellona Toce on A26 - exit Borgomanero
From Milano: A8 direction
Sesto Calende, then A26 to Gravellona Toce, exit Arona, then
left to Borgomanero
Daily charge (bed & breakfast)
40,00 euro for person
20,00 euro children
up to 12 years
Free for babies under 1 year
(7 nights + 7breakfasts):
200,00 euro for person
100,00 euro children
up to 12 years
Breakfast is served up to 10am.
Leaving within 11 pm.
Pets are welcome (under owners' responsibility)
Please don't smoke in the rooms and don't throw cigarette-ends.
Please don't pick up flowers (ask for!), don't dig holes and
don't spoil the trees .
You can pick up all the fruits dirctly from the trees.
Parking is 300m away from the house, but it is possible loading
and unloading in front of the main entrance.
Guests will pay cheap ticket for the events that'll take place
in tha villa.
The owner speaks fluent English and Spanish, and can understand
French and (very little!) German.