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Hotel B&B Maggiore Lake
Lake Maggiore, or Verbano, is a lake basin of northeastern Piedmont, on the borders of Lombardy and Switzerland and is the second largest Italian lake, after Lake Garda, with a surface area of 2,122 square kilometers and a maximum width of 4.5 kilometers. Of its 166 km of coastline, only the northernmost section (42 km) belongs to Switzerland.
It has numerous affluents but only one effluent, the Ticino. Beside its fortunate geographical position, Lake Maggiore is also very accessible. In fact it is located on the big Simplon route, served by international roads and railroads. The nearby airports of Milan (Malpensa and Linate) provide a rapid and convenient air connection.
All the localities on the lake are connected to one another by a frequent and punctual ferry service offered by Navigazione Lago Maggiore. Graced by a mild climate, which is perceptible in winter too, it has excellent hotel facilities (Stresa has the only five-star hotel in Piedmont) and numerous campgrounds.
Lake Maggiore is a very popular tourist spot and on its shores stand world famous localities: besides Stresa, which a modern cableway links to the ski slopes of Mottarone, there is Arona, Belgirate, Baveno, Verbania, Intra, Cannero Riviera and Cannobio, to name just a few.
Famous for its colors, fragrances, and natural charm, Lake Maggiore offers scenery of incomparable beauty, an ever new beauty that changes with the seasons. The three most famous islands, Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori, each has an appeal of its own and diverse attractions. Isola Bella, with its Palazzo Borromeo, astonishes those arriving from the lake for its majestic and almost unreal baroque scenery. Its park, a masterpiece among Italian-style gardens, is laid out on ten terraces that descend toward the lake. Longer and more narrow is the Isola dei Pescatori which offers the simple and tranquil pleasure of discovering a miniature environment. The largest of the Borromean islands, Isola Madre, is an oasis of silence, shaded by the century-old trees of its famous botanical gardens. Here, among rhododendrons and tropical plants, time seems to move more slowly, and the splendid white peacocks are not afraid to come near the passers-by. Further on is the small island of S. Giovanni on which you can barely glimpse, amidst the luxuriant vegetation, the 18th century place that Toscanini chose as his residence. Many other islands, such as Malgera, color the water with their greenish reflections, whereas the islands occupied by the fortifications of Cannero contribute stone colored reflections to the water.
'San Carlone', the gigantic votive statue dedicated to San Carlo Borromeo, dominates Arona, his home town. Built at the end of the 17th century, it is 24 meters high and is an object of special devotion among the community. Several were the illustrious visitors to this lake: writers such as Stendhal, who wrote most of his Viaggo in Italia (Journey to Italy ) ? here, Flaubert, Mann, Hemingway and Goethe; playwrights such as Bernard Shaw, musicians such as Wagner and Toscanini; painters such as Gignous, Bolongaro, Bazzaro, Hayez. Lake Maggiore has conserved the marks of the passage of many of these personages, still visible today in houses and along the streets that hosted them. The Museo dell’Ombrello in Gignese is a quite popular sightseeing destination, dedicated to the documentation of the age-old umbrella making tradition of this locality. In the museum this particular object is celebrated and its quaint history is pieced together.