Lodge La Contrada San Vittore
Lodge | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
“La Contrada” is a new hotel on Lake Maggiore in the heart of the historical centre of Verbania Intra, a few meters away from the lake and its tourist services. San Vittore street, where the hotel is located, is the most famous area for shopping in the city centre of Intra. Lake, rivers, hills and mountains offer an ideal background to spend days in the open air among nature and sports.
In every season Baveno offers, beoynd the pleasantness of the stay, many excursions by water or by ground, to discover the natural heritage and the possibility of practising numerous sports and recreational activities like, trekking, mountain bike, golf, horse riding, sailing, canoeing, scuba diving, water skiing and fishing. For inter sports ( alpine descents and snowboarding) you can to the top of the Mottarone mountain.
Lake Maggiore is a large lake located on the south side of the Alps. It is the second largest of Italy and largest of southern Switzerland. Lake Maggiore is the most westerly of the three great pre-alpine lakes of Italy, it extends for about 70 km between Locarno and Arona. The climate is mild in both summer and winter, producing Mediterranean vegetation, with beautiful gardens growing rare and exotic plants.
Well-known gardens include those of the Isola Madre, Isola Bella and the Isole di Brissago, that of the Villa Taranto in Verbania, and the Alpinia botanical garden above Stresa. Lake Maggiore is 68 km long, with a breadth which varies from 3 to 5 km, except at the bay opening westward between Pallanza and Stresa, where this reaches 10 km. Its form is very sinuous, so that there are few points from which any considerable part of its surface can be seen at a single glance. If this lessens the effect of the apparent size, it increases the variety of its scenery.
While the upper end is completely alpine in character, the middle region lies between hills of gentler form, and the lower end advances to the verge of the plain of Lombardy. The lake's jagged banks are surrounded by the Lepontine Alps.
The western bank is in Piedmont (provinces of Novara and Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola) and the eastern in Lombardy (province of Varese), whereas the most northerly section extends thirteen kilometres into the canton of Ticino, where it constitutes its lowest point above sea-level as well as that of Switzerland.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Milan Malpensa 70 km, Nearest railway: Verbania 1 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, Safe, Satellite TV|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The North West Italy region
"Verbania, a garden on the lake": this is the image of itself with which Verbania, in its marvellous natural setting on the Borromean Gulf, welcomes visitors. Gardens and parks are a major tourist attraction of the area, an ideal destination for those seeking a relaxing holiday with, as backdrop, a landscape of breathtaking beauty and harmony.
In the 19th century Lake Maggiore was discovered by literary and artistic travellers, whose descriptions of the area helped to make it a favourite destination of the European upper classes. The lake, with the Borromean Islands set into it like jewels, which so fascinated these élite tourists, now has a public boat service, and the palaces and gardens of the islands are easily reached from Verbania.
Following the example of the Borromeo family, members of the English aristocracy and the wealthy Lombard bourgeoisie built the profusion of summer residences which were to have a profound impact on the landscape, and still adorn the lake shores todaySome of these outstanding gardens are open to visitors. In Verbania, the Villa Taranto Botanical Gardens cover an area of 16 hectares and boast around 20,000 species of plants from all over the world.
Villa San Remigio located close to Villa Taranto, is surrounded by a park of 8 hectares, a marvellous example of an eclectic garden. The garden of Villa Giulia, directly on the lake shore, is a public park. This intense interest in the landscape is reflected not only in the very many parks and gardens of the area, but also in the Museo del Paesaggio (founded in 1909). The art gallery (literally “Landscape Museum”) is an expression of the art and the priceless inheritance in terms of landscape of the Verbania area..
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