Travel - Outside of Canada
Lake Maggiore is one of the beautiful lakes in Northern Italy (next to Lake Como)
but only quieter and less crowded. The scenery is quite dramatic where the mountains meet
the beautiful lake surrounded by picturesque traditional Italian villages like Cannobio
Just 7km south of Switzerland, the beautiful town of Cannobio was the centre of trade
over thousands of years ago. The town's Piazza has a beautiful fifteenth century promenade is
on the waterfront and is surrounded by charming buildings covered in frescoes.
Every Wednesdays the town across the lake, Luino (accessible by ferry) hosts
one of the largest outdoor markets in Italy. You can buy just about anything
including fine leather goods to wild boar truffle salami. It is a perfect place
to kickback and enjoy the lake with the local cuisine and wine.
- 0323.70.24 - Restored fifteenth century convent is the town's most romantic charming hotel.
All rooms have beautiful hand painted frescoes and antique furniture. Book early and get room #12 for
your own private balcony and look into the narrow cobbled stoned streets. Prices are very reasonable,
breakfast is included and the staff speak English. www.pironihotel.it
Casa Arizzoli B&B
- 0323.72.001 - Beautifully restored
old villa has three rooms, brightly decorated, with ensuite
bathrooms and two fully equipped holiday apartments suitable
for a large family. Prices are very reasonable, breakfast
is included and the hosts speak English. www.casa-arizzoli.com
- 0323.72.47 - Charming old villa away
from the towns promenade closer to the hills, it has charming
rooms tastefully decorated. Apartments are also available.
Restaurant Villa Maria - A few
steps up the hill from Piazza Vittorio is this magnificent
villa. The restaurant has a breathtaking view of the lake
and is surrounded by wild jasmine. Strictly local cuisine
and wine including Veal with fresh porcini sauce is worth
hiking away from the touristy piazza. Very reasonably priced.
La Streccia - 0323.70.574 - A few steps up on a steep
cobbled stone walkway behind Piazza Vittorio is La Streccia.
Traditional Northern Italian food including risotto and
linguini served with wild mushroom sauce with truffle oil.
Very reasonably priced.
Lo Scalo - 0323.71.480 - If you must enjoy the piazza
then you will enjoy this quiet restaurant in the centre
of the town, in cool blue and white colours with romantic
oil lamps that stands out from the rest of the touristy
pizza parlor neighbours. Northern Italian food including
fish from the lake pan fried to perfection and handmade
pasta & sauces. Very reasonably priced.