The poetry of Piedmontese lakes

ART, NATURE AND A BIT OF ROMANTIC CHARM

Unique landscapes and picturesque atmospheres. Arona and Stresa, boat trips on the lake, the enchantment of the Isola di San Giulio, industrial archeology and art in Biella. All served with: local flavors and specialties.

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TOUR DETAILS

Day 1

Arrival to the lake area (from Turin or Milan airports) and accommodation.

On the shores of Lake Maggiore – A forked strip of water on the border of Lombardy, Canton Ticino and Piedmont, this has long been a favorite destination for travellers to Italy. The Lake Maggiore, mainly along its Piedmontese shore, offers unique landscapes where the tranquillity of the lake mirrors the majestic mountains in the surrounding area. Your tour can start with a visit to Arona and Stresa, to be captured by the beauty of the lake shore or the charm of the flowery bays in between these two elegant towns.

Within the comfortable frame of a restaurant in the area, we will lead you through the many specialties of the local cuisine, where the traditions of the two bordering regions merge into an extraordinary combination: the Gorgonzola PDO cheese, a blue veined cow’s cheese, will be the main ingredient of a special menu, reserved to our guests.

Day 2

Isola dei Pescatori – The Borromean Islands are a real jewel in the crown of this amazing landscape. A boat trip on the lake will allow you to enjoy their beauty. The only island to still be home to a few inhabitants is the Isola dei Pescatori. Here, within a frame of unique elegance and vocation for tourism, time seems to have stopped and it is possible to spend a day on the island with a local to discover the secrets of the Lake. The late morning is also the best time for a walk through the market stalls and the gift shops.

For lunch, we may suggest some premises where you would most likely meet our fisherman, and the menu includes the mouth-watering and original recipes with the fish from the lake.

A romantic atmosphere – Mount Mottarone separates Lake Maggiore from the smaller and more intimate Lake Orta, named after Orta San Giulio, the cozy little town on the lake shore is characterized by a romantic and evocative atmosphere. A meeting place for scholars and artists, the small village is an ideal location for a pleasant walk through its alleys. In particular, a place worth seeing is the Isola di San Giulio, located exactly in the middle off the lake, 400 m off the shore and almost entirely taken by a Benedictine monastery, a real oasis of silence and beauty.

In the evening you will be free to have dinner in any of the many cozy restaurants and pizzeria in the vicinity of the Hotel.

Day 3

Contemporary Art in Biella – Within a short distance, lies the city of Biella. The town, surrounded by a rich religious and artistic cultural heritage, like the Sanctuary of Oropa, and the Sacred Mountain, houses the historical Italian brewery Menabrea, and is a center of the top class textile industry. Biella is rich in industrial archeology remains, and has a unique historical center called “Piazzo”, consisting of a succession of squares and alleys flanked by ancient and elegant arcades. However, Biella is mainly an emblem of contemporary art, a vocation which is part of the Piedmontese tradition. Within the premises, formerly housing a wool manufacturing business, situated along the banks of river Cervo, the Pistoletto Foundation was established, in 1988. The Foundation is a workshop linked to one of the main protagonists of the international art scene, and houses an amazing art collection.

€ 399 pp

in groups of 4 people

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Dinner on the first day (beverages not included)
  • Visit with tour leader to Lake Orta and Isola dei Pescatori
  • Visit with tour leader to Biella
  • Visit with tour leader to the Pistoletto Foundation
  • City Tax
  • 2 overnight stays breakfast included (4 star Hotel in the vicinity of Lake Maggiore)

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Transfers
  • Tips
  • Extra money for personal expenses and whatever not specified under “price includes”
  • Optional insurance in case of trip cancellation amounting to 6% of the total price of the trip, to be requested at the time of booking.

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING IF

  • Are there any alternatives to the 4 star hotel? YES
  • Considering a price change, can I stay an extra day and participate in other activities, stages on request and include the transport service? YES
  • Does the tour take place all year round? YES
  • If I don’t eat fish, are there any alternatives for me? YES
  • Considering a price change, can I be supported by a tour leader for the entire journey? YES
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