Most visitors go to the town of Orta San Giulio which is incredibly beautiful but gets very crowded, especially during weekends, even in spring and autumn. Arriving in the car park is as depressing as arriving in Venice by car. The wise traveller goes to Pella on the western shore, where parking is much easier and often free, and then takes the ferry to Orta so that he arrives, as all travellers did in the distant past, by water. Then you see Orta as it was really meant to be seen, docking in the main square. There are lovely walks and cycle rides on the Pella shore but the main road on the Orta side is far too busy for enjoyable cycling or walking. There are quieter roads running parallel, through charming villages like Corconio, but it can be a stiff climb. Currently, the best restaurant on the water is L'Ustaria (Ca del Rat) about a kilometre from the Orta crossroads in the direction of Gozzano. Food in Orta itself is often over-priced as so often in the Italian lakes.