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Top Choice Contemporary Italian in Ranco

Il Sole

Aside from relax along the waterfront, the main thing to do in Ranco is call by this fantastic restaurant, with its lake views, beautiful garden and even better cooking. Some local critics consider it among the best…
Monastery in Lake Maggiore East Bank

Santa Caterina del Sasso

One of northern Italy's most spectacularly sited monasteries, Santa Caterina del Sasso clings to the high rocky face of Lago Maggiore's southeast shore. The buildings span the 13th and 14th centuries; the porticoes …
Castle in Angera

Rocca di Angera

The chunky medieval Rocca di Angera fortress lords it over the town of Angera in no uncertain terms. From a distance, it is the first thing one sees. Inside is the 12-room Museo della Bambola, displaying the Borrome…
Garden in Lake Maggiore East Bank

Villa della Porta Bozzolo

In the unassuming town of Casalzuigno, about 9km east of Laveno, generations of nobles have swanned about the magnificent gardens of Villa della Porta Bozzolo, completed in 1690. The grand, two-storey building, surr…
Italian in Angera

Hotel Lido Angera

If you like fresh lake fish then this is the place to come. Set right on the lake and surrounded by greenery, this hotel-restaurant serves up a mix of classical local dishes with a contemporary spin, especially in t…
Nature Reserve in Angera

Oasi della Bruschera

One of the last remaining wooded wetlands in Lombardy, this 400-hectare site has several trails including a lakeside path with fine views across the reed beds to Angera. The reserve is an important nesting site for …
Funicular in Laveno

Laveno Funivia

A highlight of Laveno is the Funivia, which whisks passengers up to a panoramic spot 949m above sea level, in the shadow of the Sasso del Ferro peak (1062m). The views over the lake and beyond to the Alps are breath…
Market in Lake Maggiore East Bank

Mercato di Luino

The otherwise sleepy town of Luino becomes a consumer madhouse on market day. This is no ordinary local flea market but rather an enormous bazaar that was first held in 1535 and today sees some 370 stands filling th…
Cafe in Ranco

Il Molo

You can't get much closer to the lake than Il Molo, the liveliest eating and drinking spot in Ranco. Grab an open-air table and join locals and day trippers over drinks and tasty snacks, sandwiches and daily special…