To those poets thinking of coming : We suggest poets apply to Arts Councisl for funding. They have funded poets to come for past editions.
(But they won't fund Poetry on the Lake - "no wide British public". No, surprisingly, not in Italy!)
Taxi for transfers etc : Davide, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearest airport Milan Malpensa (landing at other airports - Milan Linate, Orio al Serio Bergamo - take shuttle bus to Milan central Stazion and see trains below (note not many to Orta and not late evening). From Malpensa only way viable is taxi, contact Davide (above) for booking taxi or cheaper minibus.
ORTA SAN GIULIO
ROAD: Autostrada dei laghi, Arona exit, turn immediately left and follow signposts. Orta centre is pedestrian only, there are large pay carparks on the hill.
TRAINS: Timetables on www.trenitalia.com
Note: on above site click 'Tutti i treni', not 'Frecce'.
RAIL to ORTA
Buy a ticket at Milan Stazione Centrale for ORTA-MIASINO Take the Torino P.N. train (usually platforms 3-6) that runs generally about 17 mins past each hour.. Alight at the third stop (Novara) on the hour, change to Domodossola line (usually platforms 6-9); When you see the lake on your left, alight at Orta- Miasino (takes roughly 50 mins).
Walk downhill (25 mins) or phone Davide 3334748045 email email@example.com
TO BELGIRATE :
from Milan Malpensa airport* take bus** to Gallarate railway station (a short ride) then catch train directly to Belgirate (Domodossola line). There are frequent trains, journey takes between 42 and 50 mins, costs (at present ) 4.40 euro single. Belgirate station is only a short walk downhill from centre.
*a free airport shuttle bus connects terminals 1 and 2 every 15 mins.
**From Malpensa to Gallarate railway station takes 25 or 30 mins depending on time of day. Buy ticket on board bus. Frequent buses.
(Note: check online or at Gallarate station, the faster trains sometimes don't stop at Belgirate but at Stresa (5 mins on), from where you can get a train back to Belgirate or take a taxi.) From airports at Bergamo (Orio sul Serio) and Linate, take the shuttle to Milan Central Station and then a direct train to Belgirate.
info on www.italianairportguide.com/mxp/milan