Lake Maggiore: on the track of Matteo Basso
High steep peaks and a beautiful blue lake. Lake Maggiore meets southern Alps’ easy mood. Romantic walks, lovely churches, enchanting islands and mountains reflecting on quiet waters: it's difficult to imagine, but behind this idyllic landscape, a lot of intrigues are hidden and everything becomes the set of a gruesome murder. This is the world where the ex-police psychologist Matteo Basso wants to rest. In Bruno Varese's novels "Die Tote am Lago Maggiore" and "Intrigen am Lago Maggiore", the writer makes his novels’ heroes benefit from this breathtaking landscape, but they must also shed light on murders. Let’s start with a new adventure, a holiday to relax and to discover intriguing crimes. Welcome to Lake Maggiore!
1st day: Welcome to the Isola Bella!
After the individual arrival you will be welcomed in Stresa and by motorboat you will reach the Isola Bella. On the island you will stay at Boutique Hotel Elvezia, obviously in "Bruno Varese" room. In fact, this hotel pays homage to every writer who quotes Lake Maggiore in his works, with a room dedicated to him. In case of arrival in the early afternoon you will have enough time to visit the Borromeo Palace. The famous palace, with its Italian garden and art treasures, represents a real highlight at Lake Maggiore. In the evening, dinner will be served at Ristolounge Elvezia.
2nd day: Discovering Lake Maggiore
In the morning excursion to the Isola Madre and the Fishermen's Island. In the afternoon visit of the picturesque Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso. After these excursions, transfer to Stresa, where for the next two nights you will stay in a 3-star-hotel. In the evening, the dinner will be served at Gourmet Restaurant Lo Stornello, right in the centre of Stresa.
3rd day: Visiting the surroundings of the lake
This day is definitely another highlight of this holiday!
Excursion Lago Maggiore Express. Departure by train from Stresa to Domodossola and transfer by narrow-gauge train through the Vigezzo Valley and the Swiss Centovalli Valley. Possibility to stop in Santa Maria Maggiore (where several highlights are really worth a visit, like: the "Casa del Profumo", opened in honor of two inhabitants of the valley, inventors of the famous "Acqua di Colonia", the Art Galley "Scuola di Belle Arti Rossetti Valentini" and the famous Chimney Sweeps Museum). Or you can stop in Re to visit his shrine "Madonna del Sangue". The excursion will continue by train through the Swiss Centovalli Valley to Locarno, in the northern part of Lake Maggiore, in Switzerland. From there, you will continue with a pleasant cruise by boat to return to Stresa.
4th day: Face to face with Matteo Basso
Before the individual departure, there will be the possibility to spend a little bit of time in Verbania to discover the modern congress centre CEM (guided visit on request). Then, passing through Cannobio, you could stop there to breath its atmosphere, birth land of Matteo Basso. Here the ex-police psychologist was born and grew up. Now here he manages his butcher shop and he fishes on quiet lake’s waters. Maybe you will meet him on the lakefront promenade with others local fishermen, if not he could be already involved to to solve a new case.
SERVICES INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:
- 1 overnight with breakfast at Boutique Hotel Elvezia on the Isola Bella, in double room "Bruno Varese";
- 2 night stay with breakfast in a 3-star-hotel in the centre of Stresa, in double room;
- 1 dinner at Ristolounge Elvezia on the Isola Bella (3-course-menu, water and coffee included);
- 1 dinner at Restaurant Lo Stornello in Stresa (3-course-menu, water and coffee included);
- transfer by public line boat or by private shared motorboat from Stresa to the Isola Bella the arrival day;
- entrance ticket for gardens and palaces of the Borromean Islands;
- daily ticket for transfers by boat of Public Boat Line Service Lake Maggiore;
- ticket Lake Maggiore Express - train from Stresa to Domodossola, narrow-gauge train from Domodossola to Locarno and boat from Locarno to Stresa.