Villa Torino, pictured above, was originally built as a monastery in the 16th century. It was turned into a private residence in the 1860s.
As we continued along Via Giovanetti, at the building numbered 49, we found the Oratorio della Santissima Trinità, which dates from 1727. This small, narrow oratory has frescoes that were painted by Luca Rossetti, and it is worth stopping by, when visiting Orta.
The Sentiero Stretto dei Morti, or the Narrow Path of the Dead, which today is known as Via Cappuccini, leads to the local cemetery.
A plaque on the facade of the house at Via Giovanetti, #54, states that the famous professor of anatomy, Angelo Cesare Bruni, who taught at the University of Bologna, spent his summers here.
We walked past a magnificent villa, which was now broken up into separate apartments. I could not help imagining what it must have been like in its heyday, though, when it served as a single residence for some very lucky people!
As we walked along this part of the road, the views of the lake just got better and better.
Next up: Our second day in Orta begins with more exploring, as we continue to familiarize ourselves with this lovely place!
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