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La casa si trova a 45 minuti da Expo Milano 2015 che è facilmente raggiungibile in treno o macchina.
Si tratta di una vecchia legnaia completamente ristrutturata nell'anno 2010 ma praticamente mai abitata.
L'abitazione si trova all'interno di una corte dove ci sono altre due case di nostra proprietà ed è esposta su tre lati (ovest-nord-est).
Il riscaldamento è completamente autonomo ed in aggiunta c'è una bella cucina economica di una volta ed un romantico camino in camera da letto.
Il posto è molto tranquillo anche se si trova nel centro storico del paese..
La casetta è totalmente attrezzata, noi forniamo biancheria da letto e asciugamani.
A parte la magnifica vista sul lago ed un vecchio santuario romanico costruito sui resti di un tempio precristiano dedicato al culto del dio Sole, il paese in sé non offre molte distrazioni, il principale pregio del nostro villaggio e' la tranquillita' di essere immerso nel verde e nei boschi del Mottarone. Tuttavia la cittadina di Stresa con il magnifico golfo delle isole borromee e' solo a quattro chilometri, da Stresa poi un fornitissimo servizio di battelli ed aliscafi vi potrà condurre il qualsiasi angolo del lago, dal lato piemontese a quello lombardo sino alla vicinissima Svizzera.
Le passeggiate sono infinite, a partire dai 650 m s.l.m., dove ci troviamo, ci si può addentrare nei boschi (in autunno lo consiglio per la varietà di colori e sfumature che solo questa altitudine può offrire!) oppure azzardare camminate più impegnative verso la vetta del Mottarone (1500 m) magari con una meritata sosta all'Alpino (1000 m) pieno di ville e giardini.
Per chi invece preferisse un tuffo nella "pazza folla dello shopping", a parte Stresa stessa, la vicina Arona verso Milano, o Verbania verso la Svizzera possono soddisfare un po' di "frenesia dell'acquisto" con le loro "rughe" tipiche dei paesi che affacciano sul lago.. strategicamente vicine sono la modaiola milano...100 km e la regale torino...140 km.
la liguria dista solo 190 km percorribili con una comodissima autostrada.
Siamo a disposizione per qualsiasi informazione o consiglio su dove e come muoversi, mangiare fuori, o semplicemente farsi un aperitivo affacciati sul lago.
The house is located 45 minutes from Milano Expo 2015, which is easy to reach by train or car.
The house used to be an old woodshed, it was entirely renovated in 2010 but almost never inhabited.
It is located within a courtyard where there are two other houses owned by our family, and it has windows on three sides (West-North-East).
There is an independent heating system and in addition there are a nice wood stove in the kitchen and a romantic fireplace in the bedroom.
The house is fully equipped, and we provide bed linen and towels.
The place is very quiet despite being located in the historical centre of the village.
Aside from its tranquility, the main attractions of our small village are the magnificent views of the lake you can enjoy from some spots, the woods you'll be surrounded by, and an old Romanesque sanctuary built on the remains of a pre-Christian temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun.
There are countless walks you can take from the village. From 650 m above sea level, where we are located, you can go into the woods (something I recommend during the autumn, for the variety of colours and shades only this altitude can offer) or you can dare longer hikes to the summit of Mottarone (1500 m), perhaps with a well deserved break at Alpino (1000 m) with its mansions and gardens.
The town of Stresa and the magnificent Gulf with the Borromeo Islands are only 4 km away, and from Stresa you can take a boat or a hydrofoil to every corner of the lake, from Piemonte, to Lombardia, to nearby Switzerland.
For those who prefer a dip in the "madding crowd" of shoppers, apart from Stresa itself, any town from the nearby Arona to Milan, or from Verbania to Switzerland, can satisfy a bit of the "buying frenzy" with their "rughe", shopping streets typical of lake towns. The trendy Milan (100 km) and the regal Turin (140 km) are also strategically close.
Liguria is only 190 km away and it can be easily reached thanks to the motorway.
We are at your disposal for any information or advice on where and how to get around, eat out, or simply have a drink overlooking the lake.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||stresa 5 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: milano malpensa 50 km, Nearest railway: stresa 6 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
The Lake Maggiore region
45 min from milano expo 2015- very easy by train or car
We're exactly on the border between Piemont and Lombardy, therefore I'll try to give you an idea of what you can expect from these two regions of the Northern part of Italy.
From the moment when Emanuele Filiberto transferred the capital of the renaissance Duchy of Savoy to Turin, right up to the reunification of Italy, brought about both on the battlefields and in the chambers of the Subalpine parliament, which can still be seen in Palazzo Carignano, Piedmont was considered the "capital" region of Italy. The transfer of the Italian capital to Rome by no means deprived Piedmont of its central role in fostering new ideas and in the important developments of more recent history, such as the Resistance and the formation of the Welfare State. Indeed, Turin's agency in the latter of these two was pivotal, partly due to its new role as Italy's industrial capital, a title attained in the middle of the nineteenth century and still rigorously defended nowadays, in the 21st century. This capacity to constantly reinvent itself, transforming crises into opportunities for new development, means that Piedmont lies at the nerve centre for new technologies and innovation, not just in Italy, but in all of Europe.
With its 160,000 hectares of protected land, Piemonte provides the opportunity to discover unique countryside and habitats typical of alpine areas, and of hills and plains. 41% of the region is characterised by imposing mountain chains which are home to internationally-renowned ski resorts while the remaining 59% is divided between hills and plains (which include the main rice fields in Europe). It borders with France on the west, Switzerland on the north, Valle d'Aosta on the north-west, Lombardy on the east, Emilia Romagna on the south-east and Liguria on the south. The protected land also boasts two national parks: the Gran Paradiso and the Val Grande, and particular importance is paid to the area of the river Po, which covers the entire stretch of the river in Piemonte as well as the area to the north-east, occupied by Lago Maggiore and Lago d'Orta.
Past and future, art and the culture of food, handicrafts and research are all established in a region with a powerful productive impulse: an area which is both at the avant-garde of innovation and new technology and characterised by extraordinary natural richness. Here, the cultural opportunities go hand in hand with the array of free-time activities.
The 15 Residenze Reali (Royal Residences), ascribed to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1997, are perfect highlights of art, culture and countryside and they are an artistic and cultural treasure, not only for the region, but also for the whole of Europe. An alternative way to visit a region is to follow a Medieval pilgrim route, and Piemonte, with its doors always open to Europe, offers this opportunity with its numerous ancient abbeys, churches and with the seven Sacri Monti, which were also included in the UNESCO list in 2003. The cultural heritage is made up of residences, historical gardens, castles, fortresses and over 400 museums, ranging from the civic, public and ethnographic to eco-museums; all these are capable of guaranteeing a striking and complete offer for art lovers, and take the form of exhibition centres with displays which range from archaeology to contemporary art, from natural science to cinema, and from decorative art to anthropology.
One of Italy's largest regions, Lombardy lies in the north of the country, sharing a border with Switzerland.
Stretching from the Alps to the lowlands of the Po Valley, it is home to a wide range of landscapes, including the breathtaking mountain chain that boasts the Valchiavenna, Valtellina and the Camonica Valley.
Winter sports enthusiasts will find no lack of state-of-the-art facilities in Lombardy, for example in the extremely popular resorts of Tonale, Bormio, Livigno and Madesimo.
Another aspect that defines the region is its expanse of rolling hills that encompass the distinctive Franciacorta area, famous for its vineyards and wine production. The charm of the great lakes is a great tourist draw, attracting visitors to Sirmione and other well known destinations dotting the western coast of Lake Garda, while Lake Como and Lake Maggiore are no less beautiful, surrounded as they are by stately homes, parks and picturesque small towns.
The region is also characterized by the great flat tracts of the Po Valley lowlands, covered by shimmering mirrors of water and rice paddies: this is the typical landscape of Lomellina, the land of rice harvesters, steeped in tradition.
The region has countless other distinctive facets. Lombardy, aided by its geographic position and fertile soil, will captivate you - nature, history, art and culture marry in harmony with innovation, technology, fashion, entertainment, and a contemporary outlook.
The region comprises the provinces of Bergamo, Brescia, Como, Cremona, Lecco, Lodi, Mantua, Milan (regional capital), Monza and Brianza, Pavia, Sondrio and Varese.
45 min from milano expo 2015 - very easy by train or car
STRESA AND LAKE MAGGIORE
The second largest lake in Italy, Lake Maggiore is situated in the north west and crosses the border into Switzerland. The Italian part of the lake lies within two regions: Piedmont and Lombardy, with the division from Sesto Calende northwards. The lake also contains 11 islands; the most famous being the Borromean Islands in the gulf between Stresa and Verbania.
The lake was formed by two glaciers which travelled down a fluvial valley from Mount Rosa and from the Saint Gotthard Pass area. The surrounding hills provide many important materials for construction. The pink granite from Baveno has been used for the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan and in structures from Paris to Bangkok. The Limestone form Caldé (near Castelveccana) has been used for lime mortar in many buildings in Piedmont and Lombardy.
Around the lake Mediterranean species such as lemon, olive and bay will survive and the many gardens flourish with camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons and magnolias. Whilst in the lake there are numerous species of freshwater fish including whitefish, perch, pike, freshwater cod and eels; many of which can be sampled in the local restaurants.
In the Italian part of the lake one of the main tourist resorts is Stresa. Situated in an ideal position on the shores of the Borromean Gulf, Stresa overlooks the unique Isola Bella. Visiting Stresa today it is hard to believe it was once a tiny fishing hamlet (recorded for the first time in 998AD) occupying a narrow strip of land only accessible by a dusty old roman road. Yet it is from this narrow strip of land on the lakeside where Stresa got its name; its ancient name Strixia is thought to come form the Lombard word “strich” which means strip of land. Even today in Stresa dialect the word “strecia” means “strettoia” or narrow passage.
By the 14th century Stresa had grown enough to be granted the title of “Borgo” (village) and therefore the right to hold a weekly market. However during to epidemics and flooding the population dropped drastically and the market was suspended. It wasn't until 1854 that Stresa was once again granted the title of “Borgo” and the weekly market was reinstated.
In the 17th century the Borromean family initiated Stresa's transformation by starting work on Isola Bella and uniting the village. In the 15th century Stresa had been divided in half; the division was marked by the River Crée which was later covered over and now runs beneath Via Roma. To the left of the river the Borromean family ruled and to the right the Visconti family ruled (even today there is an annual friendly football match between the Borromean and Visconti teams). Stresa Visconti was made up of 22 families which in 1653 were offered to the Borromean family for 40 lire each and eventually sold for 600 lire in 1659.
However Stresa really began to grow in the 19th century with the opening of the Simplon Pass in 1806; tourists and merchants could now reach Stresa more easily. Increasing the traffic between Switzerland and Italy the first steam ferry “Verbano” sailed from Magadino to Arona in 1826 taking one day to do the journey. Passengers and merchants could now travel the length of the lake and even though many towns lacked a landing stage, (Stresa Included) rowing boats were used to shuttle passengers and goods to and from the ferry. In fact ferries were only able to dock in Stresa from 1860 when the first landing stage was built.
An illustrious resident in the late 1800's put Stresa on the map for the rich and famous; the Duchess of Genoa bought the Villa Bolongaro (now the Villa Ducale) and along with her daughter, Margherita became summer residents of Stresa. It was Margherita who was later to become the first Queen of Italy when her husband, King Umberto I died in 1878. The Villa Ducale is now home to the International Centre for Rosminian Studies and houses a vast library.
Noblemen from Milan began to come to Stresa and build magnificent villas and the rich and famous began to visit Stresa. Some of the most well known guests include George Bernard Shaw, Rockefeller, Hemingway, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin and Princess Margaret. Indeed, Hemingway visited twice and stayed at the Grand Hotel des Îles Borromées where a suite has been named after him; at 2,153 ft2 (200 m2) it is the largest, most expensive, and most requested hotel room in Stresa!
The Grand Hotel des Îles Borromées was built in 1861 by four brothers; members of the Omarini family who owned the Hotel Delfino on Isola Bella and after buying some land along the lakefront in Stresa started work on the sumptuous hotel.
It was at the beginning of the 20th century that Stresa eventually took off as a tourist resort. In 1906 the Simplon rail tunnel opened and Stresa was instantly accessible; in fact it later became a stop on the Venice-Simplon Orient-Express service.
In an effort to entice more visitors the idea was had to open a Spa Centre and in 1910 this idea was realised with the opening of the Kursaal Spa Centre and casino were these days there is the cable car station. There was a skating ring, exhibitions, concerts, spa treatments and the casino. As there are only five licences for casinos in Italy, Stresa became well known. With a drop in tourism after World War I the Kursaal was demolished and the casino was given a new home at the Hotel Royal and then along the lakefront in the building where there are currently the offices of the Lake District Tourist Board.
With the increase in tourism in the early 1900's came a boom in hotels and the next additions were the hotel Regina Palace and the Hotel Kaiserhof (Hotel Milan au Lac) in 1908. The Mottarone ski area was also seen as an attraction to tourists and in 1910 work began to cover over the River Crée and create Via Roma which made way for the Stresa to Mottarone railway. This electric rack and pinion railway was opened in 1911; it departed from the ferry station square, travelled up Via Roma to Stresa railway station and then made a stop in Vedasco before reaching the top of Mottarone. The total journey lasted one hour and in its heyday it carried 108,000 passengers in one year. Ski runs were opened up along with a bob sleigh run and one of Italy's first ski jumps was built in 1935. The railway finally closed in 1963 and seven years later the cable car was inaugurated carrying 40 passengers every 20 minutes.
Despite the rise in tourists, Stresa still did not have a lakeside promenade. In fact most of the land along the lakefront was occupied by gardens belonging to the hotels or the private villas that used to stand in place of the Hotels Astoria and La Palma. Slowly, however, work began on the promenade in 1922. It was completed in stages and was finally finished in 1930.
After World war II Stresa, once again, needed to make itself known and 1946 the first ever Miss Italia contest was held at the Hotel Regina Palace. This created a lot of media interest in Stresa and the competition went on to be held in Stresa until 1949. Among the future stars to grace the Stresa catwalk was Gina Lollobrigida who came second in 1947. The tradition of beauty contests was renewed when Stresa hosted the Miss Universe Italian final in 2002.
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