Wow. Let’s not talk about how long it’s been since I wrote a post. I have a pretty good excuse though, I was away getting MARRIED! That’s right ladies and gents, you can officially call me Signora Small (technically we are only married in Italy until we get our paper work).
We were married in lovely Lake Orta which is an amazing lakeside town in Northern Italy. It is said to be the most romantic of all the Alpine lakes and I couldn’t agree more. I won’t overload you with wedding photos; I am sure you don’t care to look at them 2 times a day like I do. Instead I’ll just show you one, so you can see our lovely venue, Villa Bossi, where we had our civil ceremony on April 26th, 2013. If you ever get married in Italy, make sure you look up Valentina at SposiamoVi; our wedding was truly amazing thanks to her wonderful planning. Also a big thanks to the very talented, Independent Pictures Photography, for capturing the best moment of our lives! If you ever get the chance to visit Northern Italy, I beg you to visit this little lakeside town. Only, 45 minutes north of Milan, it is easily reached by car and train. From the moment we drove down the hill side and saw the pristine waters of the charming little lake, we were in love. Perfectly situated at the base of the Italian Alps, we could even see snow on the mountain tops in spring. As we walked down the tiny cobble stone streets of Orta San Guillio, we were greeted be the wonderful people and lovely sights of the little town. To say it is the most romantic of all the Italian Lakes, is an understatement. I was so filled with happiness that my heart felt as if it was bursting out of my chest. The charm and wonder of this place had a euphoric effect, something I had never experienced before on our previous adventures. There was even a darling little train that carried guests down one of the hill tops, through the cobbled streets and to the main square of the village. From Piazza Motta Orta San Giulio, you can take a boat to the lovely island, Saint Julius Island, where you can see the Basilica of Saint Giulio which has since been converted into a Benedictine monastery. There is a great restaurant on the Island, Ristoro S. Giulio where you can stop for lunch or dinner. Past the island, on the other side of the lake is Sacro Monte di Orta, a Roman Catholic complex which houses lovely art work and has stunning views of the lake below. As you walk through the main streets of Lake Orta, make sure you stop buy the little shops where you can get amazing souvenirs. My favorite shop is a little sandwich and specialty food store, where you can grab an excellent lunch and things like pasta, olive oil and balsamic vinegar to take home. If you keep walking through the village, you will come across Villa Bossi, the Municipality of Lake Orta. It was also the venue for our wedding ceremony. From the charming courtyard, you can see lovely views of St. Julius Island. The best restaurant in Lake Orta is with out a doubt, L’Ustaria Ca Dal Rat which roughly translated means, The House Of The Mouse. It is where Chris and I had our wedding reception. With lovely views and EXCEPTIONAL food, it is a must stop in Lake Orta. Make sure you order the Red Potato Gnocchi Gorgonzola, it is the best gnocchi I have EVER had. Hopefully you get a chance to visit this lovely little lake in Northern Italy.