As beauty spots go, Lake Maggiore in Italy is a classic, especially if the three priorities on your holiday list are relaxation, a scenic backdrop and a splash of la dolce vita.
Hapimag’s Cannero Riviera Resort www.hapimag.com/en/cannero-lake-maggiore.htm offers the perfect setting for a lakeside holiday. Right on the edge of Lake Maggiore, it’s an obvious choice for lovers of water sports, but there is another main attraction – other than its near-perfect spring climate, and that’s the Eisenhut Garden which is a garden lovers’ paradise not far from the resort.
Visitors to The Eisenhut Garden on the Swiss side of Lake Maggiore in Vira Gambarogno will discover an astounding 950 species of camellias, 350 different magnolias, azaleas, peonies and rhododendrons, all of which will be in bloom soon. The Gardens are 40 kilometres from the Cannero Riviera Resort and you’ll probably want to stay for at least an hour to really enjoy the spring and summer “exhibition” of stunning colours.
Every year, nature puts on a splendid display, covering Cannero in a sea of blossoming camellias and as the temperatures warm up after spring, the Lake becomes the focus in the summer months. Guests at Cannero Riviera can try canoeing, pedal-boating, water-skiing and a must-not-miss experience is the wonderful boat trip across Lake Maggiore to the famous weekly markets in Luino, Cannobio and Verbania.
Cannero Riviera Resort itself leads directly to a pebble beach equipped with sunloungers and its own restaurant and kiosk, ideal for those who’d rather just relax and soak up as much lakeside sunshine as possible during their stay.
With so much natural beauty on show, it might be hard to tear oneself away from the resort, but its proximity to some of Italy’s most famous towns makes them well worth seeing during a stay by the Lake. Not far away are Como (another beautiful town-by-the-lake), Varese, Italy’s designer shopping hotspot Milan and Turin – all within reasonable driving distance from the resort.
Foodies will enjoy the classic and regional Italian flavours on the menus at Cannero Resort which celebrates “cuccina Italia” – one of the restaurant’s signature desserts is an impossible to resist bonèt chocolate pudding. There are plenty of tasting opportunities of the grape variety, too, and you can sample various wines from the local Piedmont region including Barolo or Barbaresco. Afterwards, round off your culinary excursion with a home-made gelato and then walk off some of those chocolate pudding calories with a leisurely walk along one of the romantic waterside promenades.
Cannero Riviera Resort is conveniently located directly by the harbour and features 133 holiday apartments. It’s a perfect starting point to discover more of the region and highlights include the charming Borromean islands with their spectacular gardens and of course during winter the mountains come into their own as a ski playground.
Cannero itself has a fascinating history. Thanks to its special climate it has been inhabited since ancient times; in the 14th century it became an independent “Comune” but in later years the town had to fight off repeated attempts by invaders to take over the picturesque town. Later, in the 16th century the Borromeo Family built the Vitaliana Fortress to protect Cannero from intruders. For more information about local attractions and its history, visit the tourist website for the Lake Maggiore region at www.illagomaggiore.com/
These days, Cannero Riviera’s picture postcard beauty attracts many European visitors who come to soak up the warm sunshine and serenity the region is famous for. Famous guests have included literary figures such as George Bernard Shaw, British royalty and even Sir Winston Churchill.
For more information on the facilities, attractions and the resort overall, please visit the Hapimag website: www.hapimag.com/en/cannero-lake-maggiore.htm
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