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Top Choice Modern Italian in Verbania

Ristorante Milano

The setting really is hard to beat: Milano directly overlooks Pallanza's minuscule horseshoe-shaped harbour (200m south of the ferry jetty), with a scattering of tables sitting on lakeside lawns amid the trees. It's…
Top Choice Osteria in Verbania

Osteria Castello

Its 100-plus years of history run like a rich seam through this enchanting osteria, where archive photos and bottles line the walls. Order a glass of wine from the vast selection; sample some ham; or tuck into the p…
Gardens in Verbania

Villa Taranto

The grounds of this late-19th-century villa are one of Lake Maggiore's highlights. A Scottish captain, Neil McEacharn, bought the Normandy-style villa from the Savoy family in 1931 after spotting an ad in the Times.…
Museum in Verbania

Museo del Paesaggio

Set in a stately 17th-century palazzo tucked down one of Pallanza's back lanes, this museum houses an exquisite collection of works by the sculptor Paolo Troubetzkoy. Though not well known today, Troubetzkoy, who wa…
Historic Site in Verbania

Villa Giulia

Theatrical Villa Giulia, with its towering lemon-yellow facade and colonnaded balconies, has a photogenic setting on the lakeside. Originally the home of Bernardino Branca (who invented one of Italy’s most famous li…
Piedmontese in Verbania

Osteria dell'Angolo

Greenery drapes a terrace dotted with only eight tables at this osteria, and well-presented dishes showcase creative Piedmontese cuisine. The lake fish is particularly fine (try the trout carpaccio), while the well-…
Wine Bar in Verbania

La Bottiglieria del Castello

Sample mountain cheeses with a glass of Dolcetto in the pretty piazza at Intra Verbania. If you do you’ll be upholding a proud tradition, started in 1905 when sister restaurant Osteria Castello (just next door) serv…
Trattoria in Verbania

Bolongaro

A terrace overlooking Pallanza's ferry jetty and a wildly ornate interior help make this largely unremarkable eatery a perennially popular choice. As do the big pizzas, wide range of primi (first courses) and mains …
Italian in Verbania

Il Burchiello

A modern eatery close to the Verbania Pallanza waterfront, Il Burchiello does good Italian staples without ever becoming too adventurous. The spaghetti di frutti di mare is brimful of mussels and other shellfish, an…
Flowers in Verbania

Settimana del Tulipano

In the last week of April, tens of thousands of tulips erupt in magnificent multicoloured bloom in Verbania’s Villa Taranto.