Isola San Giulio in Isola San Giulio, Italy

On this enchanting crop of land within Lago di Orta, a sublime lake somehow missed by many of Italy's tourists, buildings perched along the island’s edge greet visitors who decide to go ashore. A cluster of religious structures and houses stands behind them, some which are more than 1,000 years old.

A small chapel was built on the island in the fifth century, most likely in honor of Saint Julius. According to legend, the island had been infested with writhing hordes of snakes and other...

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