Lake Maggiore: not only landscapes that enchant, but also history and art enrich these lands and make the lake a magical place, loved by artists and writers. To its charm, the islands, small worlds in itself: the Borromean Islands in the gulf (the monumental, extraordinary Isola Bella with the Borromeo seventeenth-century palace surrounded by scenic gardens striking example of Italian architecture, the picturesque Isola dei Pescatori and the ‘Mother Island, known for its botanical garden full of rare plants), the little island of St. John in front of Pallanza, the islands that are home to the Cannero castles.
“Nothing in the world can compare to the charm of these days spent at the lakes and forests of chestnut trees so green that seem to dip their branches in the water … “. So wrote Stendhal, fascinated by the Lake Maggiore. In fact, over time the lake became a favorite destination of intellectuals, poets, educated travelers, who made one of the most exclusive holiday destinations in the continent. Arturo Toscanini, George Bernard Shaw, Alessandro Manzoni, the British Royal Family, Antonio Rosmini, Giovanni Verga, and Gabriele D’Annunzio were just some of the distinguished guests who visited and fell in love with the bewitching beauty of the place. Surrounded by towering mountains and green hills, the lake has been for centuries under the rule of prestigious Italian families such as the Borromeo and Visconti, who crested with castles (imposing and impressive fortresses of Angera and Arona) and built villas there with elaborate gardens.
The villa of twenty thousand flowers – The Borromeo Gulf, from Stresa to Pallanza, is the geographical and tourist heart del lago. Here are some of the most fascinating villas, known for their gardens, which in spring will play the thousand colors of flowers, attractiveness for tourists from around the world: among many, impossible not to mention the gardens of Villa Taranto Verbania, with 20 hectares and more than 20 000 varieties of flowers from all continents, among the most important botanical gardens in the world.
The colossal statue of San Carlo – Old villas also rise along the scenic road that runs along the shore, leading to Arona, the main center of the southern shore of the lake, dominated by the ruins of the fortress built by the Visconti and enlarged by the Borromeo and the colossal statue San Carlo Borromeo, 35 meters high: this river was in fact since the eighteenth century the favorite place for vacationing of the great families of the Lombard nobility, who built sumptuous residences.
Cannobbio, on the border with Switzerland – The northern sector of the Verbano the landscape changes, the lake narrows, countries are less frequent and the coasts are more abrupt. Here is Cannobbio, last Italian town before the border with Switzerland: continuing olt
King will indeed get to Locarno. The coast then folds back toward the eastern shore, back into Italian territory. And ‘This is the Lombard side of the lake, with Luino, delicious and collection resort, Laveno, Ispra, Angera, dominated by the imposing Rocca Borromeo.
meals noble and popular food – On the tables of Lake Maggiore, a fine seafood cuisine and Piedmont, traditionally at the service of a cosmopolitan tourism. The gastronomy in fact affected the international taste and refinement arrived on his tables to the result of the noble families in the past centuries built their holiday villas and foreign travelers that the 800 elected among the favorite destinations of the Grand Tour. A ‘ whole table of ancient pores, which are rooted in the tradition and history of a population that knows
puto exploit the area’s resources. From appetizers to desserts, it is a riot of delicacies, simple and genuine, but the skillful workmanship. The lake protagonists are obviously the fish: whitefish, perch, bleak, pike and trout and perch (typical local species) who finds in ricetta (which provides fried in walnut oil), that tradition that was used to press nuts to extract the oil, in the absence of olives. Particularly rich is the offer of sweets, from Pan Dolce Cannobio, up to the “Daisies” of Stresa and the “Fugascina” Mergozzo, the “Intresine” Intra the “amaretti” of Pallanza.