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Set 850 metres above sea level, overlooking lago d’ Orta in Italy, the site faces southeast, enjoying the morning sun rising over the Mottarone mountain range across the lake.

The classic feng shui dream of enjoying the inspiration of the sun, lake and valley in front of us, whilst being supported and protected by the buildings, trees and gardens behind is a functioning reality at Mandali.

If one decides to go off of the retreat centre, to feel into the local villages and cuisine, there is much to take in and to taste.

Enclosed by wooded mountainside and encircled by shores rich in history and art, Lake Orta is actually one of the most evocative areas in Italy. The most famous place in the whole area is Orta San Giulio, a small charming medieval town, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the whole of Italy. Built on the slopes of the ridge overhead, Sacro Monte and its twenty chapels tell the life story of Saint Francis of Assisi; a gem of architecture, culture and spirituality, it has been declared a Unesco heritage site.

The Island of San Giulio with its splendid Romanesque basilica and the monastery of the Benedictine order of nuns lies in the middle of the lake, directly off the shore of Orta San Guillo. One can take a boat to the small island and walk its quiet streets. There are no cars on the island.

The romantic little town Pella is on the other side of the lake, dominated by the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso, built on the rocky granite promontory sitting high over the lake.

Ameno and Vacciago have been renowned tourist destinations since the 1800s; their numerous stately mansions and noble villas are a characteristic feature and may be visted on the occasion of the annual exhibition "Studi Aperti".

Of particular interest is Casa Calderara, which houses a precious collection of Contemporary Art and the beautiful Franciscan convent dating back to the 1600s, built on Monte Mesma.

Just a few kilometres further on, you can visit Lake Maggiore, an area rich in history and artistic achievements. It includes the noble and beautiful islands Isole Borromee, sumptious Stresa and magnificient villas with their gardens.

Mottarone rises up between the two lakes; the view from the top is of incomparable beauty as it stretches across the Maritime Alps and Monte Rosa, and spans the territory incorporating the seven lakes.

For mountain lovers, there are several famous destinations, all easily reached: Val Formazza and the Toce Waterfalls, Val Grande and Val d'Ossola, Premia Hot Springs and many nature walks.

The Monte Rosa massif, which can be accessed from Alagna in nearby Valsesia, offers exquisite destinations with snow capped peaks and hair-raising climbs on the eastern face of Punta Dufour, the second-highest peak in Europe.

The village nearest Mandali is Quarna Sopra, famous for making Saxophones. They like to be thought of as the village of Music and a walk to the village and its treasures is well worth while.

The classic feng shui dream of enjoying the inspiration of the sun, lake and valley in front of us, whilst being supported and protected by the buildings, trees and gardens behind is a functioning reality at Mandali.
Lake Orta

Lake Orta - Lago d'Orta di San Giulio

Enclosed by wooded mountainside and encircled by shores rich in history and art, Lake Orta is actually one of the most evocative areas in Italy. The most famous place in the whole area is Orta San Giulio, a small charming medieval town, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the whole of Italy. Built on the slopes of the ridge overhead, Sacro Monte and its twenty chapels tell the life story of Saint Francis of Assisi; a gem of architecture, culture and spirituality, it has been declared a Unesco heritage site.
The Island of San Giulio with its splendid Romanesque basilica and the monastery of the Benedictine order of nuns lies in the middle of the lake, directly off the shore of Orta San Guillo. One can take a boat to the small island and walk its quiet streets. There are no cars on the island. 
Ameno Vacciago

Ameno and Vacciago

Ameno and Vacciago have been renowned tourist destinations since the 1800s; their numerous stately mansions and noble villas are a characteristic feature and may be visted on the occasion of the annual exhibition "Studi Aperti”.
Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore

Just a few kilometres further on, you can visit Lake Maggiore, an area rich in history and artistic achievements. It includes the noble and beautiful islands Isole Borromee, sumptious Stresa and magnificient villas with their gardens.
Pella

Pella

The romantic little town Pella is on the other side of the lake, dominated by the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso, built on the rocky granite promontory sitting high over the lake.
Casa Calderara

Casa Calderara

Of particular interest is Casa Calderara, which houses a precious collection of Contemporary Art and the beautiful Franciscan convent dating back to the 1600s, built on Monte Mesma.
Mottarone

Mottarone

Mottarone rises up between the two lakes; the view from the top is of incomparable beauty as it stretches across the Maritime Alps and Monte Rosa, and spans the territory incorporating the seven lakes.
Monte Rosa

Monte Rosa massif

The Monte Rosa massif, which can be accessed from Alagna in nearby Valsesia, offers exquisite destinations with snow capped peaks and hair-raising climbs on the eastern face of Punta Dufour, the second-highest peak in Europe.
Quarna Sopra

Quarna Sopra

The village nearest Mandali is Quarna Sopra, famous for making Saxophones. They like to be thought of as the village of Music and a walk to the village and its treasures is well worth while.
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