To those poets thinking of coming : We suggest poets apply to Arts Council 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!)
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.A notefor those who came in the past: our taxi/minibus driver has changed, now a different Davide (below). Contact with flight number, departure airport, estimated arrival time, mobile number.
cost per trasfer Malpensa - Orta for 1 person is € 80.
Per 2 / 4 persone the cost is € 90.
More than 4 persons in the same minibus: an extra € 5 per person.
Max. 8 person at a time
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 station(journey takes roughly 50 mins).Walk downhill (25 mins)
info on www.italianairportguide.com/mxp/milan