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Free wifi internet in Dolce Vita  free internet access in this apartment

Dolce Vita is a beautiful and comfortable 2nd floor apartment in Villa Gelsomina, our purpose-built holiday accommodation at Lake Orta (completed 2005).  This stunning one bedroom apartment sleeps 2 to 4 in a high standard of comfort, and from the wonderful terrace you can marvel at the changing colours of the lake and, on a clear evening, watch the sun set behind Monte Rosa.  Nothing we can say beforehand will prepare you for the stunning view.

Stay in Dolce Vita to wake up to one of the most beautiful views in the world.

At a glance

Accommodation 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2 to 4
Position  2nd floor (1st floor from entrance side)
Views Absolutely out-of-this world panoramic views of Lake Orta
Furnishings Contemporary style, very high standard, new (2005).
Master Bedroom King size double bed (200x170cm)
Living Room Sofabed converts to twin full size beds (190x80cm and 185x75cm)
Kitchen Open plan with living room; fully equipped; 3-ring gas hob; microwave; washing machine.
Bathroom Shower (the shower tray is 80x80x10cm with a lip, with folding door on one side only), washbasin, loo
Outside Space Private terrace (18m2) accessed from French Windows in the living room, second dining table, sun-loungers, stunning view.
Private balconies from bedroom and living room, outstanding views.
Beautiful garden around the house.
Swimming Pool 14 x 5 x 1.5 metres deep throughout (shared use).  Available 18th May to 21st September 2019.
TV/DVD 22" LCD widescreen TV.  Local digital television services.  All main UK television channels from Astra 28.2° East satellite services.  DVD player (built-in to television).  Small selection of mainly English language DVDs.
Telephone Private telephone (local and incoming calls)
Internet Wireless internet access.  Two wireless routers, one for each half of the villa.  ADSL, download speed rated 800 kbps.
Size Total floor area 42m2 (64m2 with balconies and terrace)
Apartment access One flight of stairs.  Separate entrance.  No stairs within the apartment.
Road access Quiet no-through-road, 100 metres from main road
Parking Parking bay on the quiet no-through-road directly in front of house
Children Not suitable for children under 7 because of the swimming pool.
Wheelchair access Not suitable because of the external stairs.  Panorama is equivalent and suitable for wheelchairs.
Key features Come to Lake Orta for the beautiful scenery, wonderful local villages, and wide selection of local restaurants
Stay in Villa Gelsomina for the outstanding setting above Lake Orta, the peace and tranquillity, and swimming pool.
Stay in Dolce Vita apartment for the outstanding views, quality accommodation, and wonderful terrace.

Villa Gelsomina

Dolce Vita is one of five wonderful apartments in Villa Gelsomina, situated in the village of Lortallo, in a superb setting on the brow of a ridge running along the east side of Lake Orta, some 200 metres (in altitude) above the lake.  See Villa Gelsomina on Google Maps (opens satellite view in new window)  We built Villa Gelsomina to a very high specification (it was completed in 2005) in the local style, and with holiday rentals in mind.  All apartments have a view of Lake Orta, and all apartments have a terrace, patio or balcony, where you can eat outside.  There is a 14 metre (46 foot) swimming pool in the well laid out and now fairly mature grounds, and an outside chess set.  Villa Gelsomina has ample parking space on the quiet no-through-road, in a parking bay directly in front of the villa.

The other apartments in Villa Gelsomina are Panorama (sleeps 4), Paradiso (sleeps 6 to 8), Ciao Sole! (sleeps 4 to 6), and Ciao Italia! (sleeps 4).


Dolce Vita sleeps 2 to 4 adults comfortably.  The bedroom has a king size double bed, and double doors onto a balcony with a wonderful view of Lake Orta.  A further window and balcony to the south has a wonderful view of the 12th Century Tower of Buccione.

The living area has a sofabed, which converts to two full size single beds.  There is a rectangular dining table and chairs, and French Windows onto the wonderful terrace.  There is another balcony with lake view.

3-ring Foster gas hob in Dolce VitaThe living room is open plan with the kitchen area, which is fully equipped with 3-ring gas hob, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave and washing machine, and all utensils, pans, crockery and cutlery.

The private terrace has a dining table for al fresco dining, and two sun-loungers are provided for the apartment (plus shared sub beds in pool area and ground).  The terrace faces directly the Madonna del Sasso (white church on a precipice on the other side of the lake) and Monte Rosa, the second highest mountain in the Alps.  There is a wonderful view of the Island of San Giulio, which appears to face you.  The colours of the lake are forever changing, and it is easy to while away the time staring at the view, watching the sunset, and sitting out after dinner on the warm summer evenings...

The bathroom has a shower, washbasin and toilet (no bath tub).

The apartment has independent gas central heating system for winter use (reasonably use policy: no charge is made provided usage is reasonable, details here).

Plan of Dolce Vita

Services and Entertainment

Villa Gelsomina has wifi internet (two routers, one in each wing of the villa).  This is fixed line ADSL service sufficient for general purposes including short video clips.

The television has local Italian television and Satellite TV, which picks up the main UK channels including BBC and ITV, plus Channel 4 and more!  These are all the UK freeview channels available from the Astra satellites at 28.2° East.  This is all in addition to the local digital TV channels that are available!  The television has a built in DVD player, and there's a selection of English language DVDs for all age groups.

The private telephone in the apartment is for incoming and local outgoing calls.  The telephone also allows calls to Italian numero verde freephone numbers starting 800, so if you purchase a prepaid Italian phone card you can make national and international calls using the balance on your phone card.

Local Facilities

Villa Gelsomina is 3km by road from the local centre of Orta San Giulio. There are several small beaches on Lake Orta (as Holiday Homes at Lake Orta clients, you are entitled to a 25% discount on the entrance to Miami beach).  The whole area is very well serviced by shops and restaurants (we provide a full list of recommendations in your location pack).  There are many places to visit in the local area, lots of wonderful day trips for adults and children, great walks (we provide aset of favourite local walks for you to try), and a good selection of sporting and other local activities are available locally.

Lake Orta

This wonderful little lake (Lago d'Orta in Italian, Lacus Cusius in Roman times) is still little known outside Italy, even though it is the "next lake along" from Lake Maggiore.  It lies in the foothills of the Alps, with low hills at the south end of the lake, but higher mountains at the north end (the Mottarone, which lies between Lakes Orta and Maggiore, is just under 1500 metres - great view of seven lakes, by the way!), and with views of the more distant Alpine peaks.  The scenery of Lake Orta is gentle - and inviting! - just as the local people are warm and hospitable...

Superb terrace of Dolce Vita with island view - May 2010   Patio doors from living area to terrace - May 2010

Wonderful private terrace of Dolce Vita, perfect for al fresco dining!

Getting there

Most of our renters arrive by air at one of Milan's airports (the nearest, Milan Malpensa airport, is just 24 miles / 40km away) and pick up a hire car, often taking advantage of the cheap flights that are now available. See our Flight Table for information on airlines flying to the region.  For U.K. holidaymakers who prefer to drive, it's an easy two day drive.  For full details of air, road, and rail transport to the area, see Getting There.

Your stay at Villa Gelsomina | Dolce Vita

Season Pool Period

Cost per week

A.  Low pool closed 12-10-2019 to 4-4-2020
after 10-10-2020


B.  Low+ pool closed 4-4-2020 to 16-5-2020
19-9-2020 to 10-10-2020


C.  Mid pool open 16-5-2020 to 6-6-2020
12-9-2020 to 19-9-2020


D.  Mid+ pool open 6-6-2020 to 20-6-2020
5-9-2020 to 12-9-2020


E.  Int pool open 20-6-2020 to 4-7-2020
29-8-2020 to 5-9-2020


F.  Int+ pool open 4-7-2020 to 18-7-2020


G.  High pool open 18-7-2020 to 1-8-2020


H.  Peak pool open 1-8-2020 to 29-8-2020


Costs are in pounds sterling for the apartment per week, fully inclusive of electricity, hot water, gas for cooker, bed linen, standard size towels, and a small toiletries pack.  Ask for quotes in other currencies.  Shorter stays are accepted for October through April (minimum 5 days for Dolce Vita), see short stays for pricing of stays less than a week.

Because of the swimming pool, the apartments in Villa Gelsomina are not suitable for families with small children aged less than seven years. Pets are not allowed.

Arrivals (after 4pm) and departures (by 10am) are on a Saturday in the period from the beginning of May to the end of September.  Outside of this period arrival days are flexible.

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