A window on Lake Orta
“Orta san giulio is a small village overlooking lake Orta: it’s a maze of picturesque streets and narrow cobbled lanes, flanked by old stone walls. The little squares are enlivened by the presence of craft boutiques, antique shops and lively cafés. Walking through the cobbled alleys you reach the main square, Piazza Mario Motta: before our eyes you will have a perfect and unique view of the
lake and the island of San Giulio with all its charming buildings and the Monastery with its bell tower which dominates the island itself. Legend has it that this island was in the Middle Ages a rock infested with dragons.
When in 390 AD, Giulio (who would later become Saint Julius) came to Orta, no boatman wanted to take him to the island for fear of the creatures that lived there. So he laid his cloak on the water, climbed up onto it, and he rowed with his stick to the rock. He drove away all the dragons and here he founded his hundredth church. Only a dragon survived and took refuge in a cave in the Orta
peninsula, from which it no longer came out. Legend has it that in this cave was found a dragon bone and still today hung above the table in the sacristy of the Basilica of San Giulio.
The Ai Due Santi restaurant is a refined and elegant restaurant in the main square of Orta San Giulio. The restaurant offers the harmony of an intimate, warm and friendly atmosphere. The indoor dining rooms, small
and welcoming, give a romantic atmosphere created by the soft lights, while the splendid dehors directly on the square enjoy a privileged and splendid view of the Island of San Giulio.
Thanks to the privileged and wonderful view of the San Giulio Island, the restaurant enjoys a lovely location, ideal for relaxing lunches and dinners of pleasure, working lunch, small banquets and important lunches. The quality of the kitchen comes from the light and expert hand of the chefs who propose typical dishes with local and national specialties, based on strictly selected seasonal products. The wine cellar includes more than 200 labels of the most important and selected at national labels, with an emphasis on Piedmontese wines and on typical local wines of the hills near Novara.”