La Darbia

La Darbia, a wonderful hamlet for your holiday on Lake Orta.
Just a few steps away from the world. Far removed from it all.
Su, 17 September 2017


The magic of autumn is approaching, October awaits us with its delights: enveloping fragrant smells, warm colours and rich flavours enrapture us before the harsh winter sets in. I am going to have another swim… just one, I promise! Then I will lie in the sun gently caressed by its delicate rays. To..

Mo, 29 May 2017

My secret place

As a young boy of about 11 years of age I entered a writing competition. It meant I had to do "composition". As a child of the 1950's in those days this meant creating a story or composing a piece about any subject you wished to.I can vividly remember the subject I wrote about mainly because I was c..

Tu, 28 February 2017


Honoured by many poets and writer, Orta always exudes an air of antiquated and romantic charm. The island of San Giulio, Sacro Monte and a part of the old town of Orta may be admired in all their splendour from the swimming pool and the balconies at La Darbia. The glimmer on the water brightens u..

Mo, 6 February 2017

Semel in anno licet insanire

That's exactly what the ancient Romans used to say to justify going a little crazy and being carried away by the infectious euphoria at Carnival time. It still features foremost these days among Italian traditions, a lively, carefree festival, organized in many towns and cities between February ..

We, 20 July 2016

CALDERARA: ART within a stone's throw of LA DARBIA

I clearly remember the first time I visited the Antonio Calderara house-cum-museum, an ancient seventeenth century building, embellished by a fine set of columns. It was a clear, crisp Spring day, one of the kind you can only experience by Lake Orta. The light filtering through to those rooms in tha..

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