On March 26th 2011 the official beginning of a new Lake Maggiore Tourist Season took place together with the opening of its world wide known main attraction, the Borromeo Islands.

The elegant Borromeo botanical gardens and palaces in fact opened for their 2011 Spring-Summer Season.

On the islands the offer to the public is made of art and art again.

More than 2000 paintings and, first of all, the famous Picture Gallery („Galleria dei Quadri“ or General Berthier’s Gallery) in the Palace of the Isola Bella are waiting for you!

There you can find a real Lombard baroque museum rich in 130 important paintings collected by the Borromeo Family: from Leonardo’s Followers to the Baroque itself through wonderful copies of artists’ works of art such as Raffaello, Correggio, Tiziano and Guido Reni.

Among the others don’t fail to see Bergognone, Boltraffio, Giampietrino, Paris Bordon and Procaccini’s masterpieces too.

The Gallery was visited also from Princes Charles and Diana from Wales in the past.

Not only. On the Isola Bella the beautiful baroque Ss. Carlo and Vittore Church can’t be missed.

Otherwise come to the Isola Pescatori and discover its many hotels and restaurants in a nice fishers’ hamlet. They will be ready to offer to you their special menus based on lake fish dishes for a romantic stay or simply an amazing night.

Info: www.borromeoturismo.it

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Isola Bella

“Fiori di Fuoco” 2012: the 14th Fireworks World Championship waits for you! from July 28th to August 26th, the most pyrotechnical event in Summer 2012!

ViewSignups.500.000 people audience in 2011, six unforgettable shows, three continents participating to the Championship: “Fiori di Fuoco” comes back from July 28th to August 26th, the most pyrotechnical event in Summer 2012!

 

Lago Maggiore, Lago d'Orta, Ossola - Sat, 28/07/2012 - Sun, 26/08/2012

500.000 people audience in 2011, six unforgettable shows, three continents participating to the Championship: “Fiori di Fuoco” comes back from July 28th to August 26th, the most pyrotechnical event in Summer 2012!

From Lake Maggiore through Lake Orta to the uncontaminated Ossola Valleys, our summer nights will be lightened by thousand of shapes and colours of best world professional teams' performances.

 

During the Fireworks World Championship “Fiori di Fuoco” 2012 all shows will be performed in quite unique nature locations, i.e. the Toce Waterfall (Formazza Valley), on Lake Maggiore as well as on Lake Orta, in combination with other events and traditional feasts (San Vito Feast in Omegna, the Summer Fair “Fiera d’Estate” in Formazza Valley or the Laveno's Ferragosto).

 

All details on www.distrettolaghi.it.

In home page, “Promozioni" section, a lot of offers by local tourist structures on the occasion of the fireworks!

Here is the complete program of the 2012 Edition:

- On Saturday, July 28th, at 21.45

Toce Waterfall, Formazza Valley

Opening Gala with lights & sounds show by Parente Fireworks (Italy)

- On Saturday, August 4th, at 23.00

Arona (NO), Lake Maggiore

First championship night with Domberg Show Pirotécnico (BRASIL)

- On Saturday, August 11th, at 21.30

Verbania, Lake Maggiore

Second championship night with Elite Fuegos Artificiales (SPAIN)

- On Tuesday, August 14th, at 21.30

Santa Maria Maggiore (VB), Vigezzo Valley

Third championship night with FEUERWERKE JOST (AUSTRIA)

- On Wednesday, August 15th, at 22.30

Laveno Mombello (VA), Lake Maggiore

Fourth championship night with FORWARD FIREWORKS (CHINA)

- On Sunday, August 19th, at 21.30

Omegna (VB), Lake Orta

Fifth championship night with FAS Fuochi Artificiali (ITALY)

- On Sunday, August 26th, at 21.30

Omegna (VB), Lake Orta

Sixth championship night with Apogée Fireworks (CANADA). Then prize giving and fireworks surprise by Parente Fireworks.

We look forward to welcoming you to Distretto Turistico dei Laghi area. Enjoy the most beautiful “fireworks experience” in Summer 2012!

from April, 15th to 25th - Verbania

from April, 15th to 25th - Verbania

Week of Tulip

at Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto

Verbania Pallanza - Sun, 15/04/2012 - Wed, 25/04/2012

from April, 15th to 25th - Verbania

Week of Tulip

at Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto

During the week there are around 80,000 bulbs in bloom including the tulip, undisputed protagonist.

organizzatore: ENTE GIARDINI BOTANICI VILLA TARANTO

contatto email: entevillataranto@tin.it

SETTIMANE MUSICALI DI STRESA E DEL LAGO MAGGIORE - STRESA FESTIVAL

Stresa -  01/06/2012

SETTIMANE MUSICALI DI STRESA E DEL LAGO MAGGIORE - STRESA FESTIVAL

The 51st Stresa Festival 2012 will as always bring on the lake the best interpreters of classical music for 25 gigs of music at the most spectacular locations.

organizzatore: Associazione Settimane Musicali di Stresa - Festival Internazionale

contatto email: info@stresafestival.eu

On June 3rd the Toce Waterfall re-opens together with Ossola tourist season!

Toce Waterfall in Formazza Valley

Among conifer woods and alpine lawns Formazza Valley hides an extraordinary "jewel", the second highest waterfall in Europe.


Its 143 meters-high and 60 meters-large (on the basis) fall is fed by an extremely pure mountain spring nearby Gries Pass (2463 meters altitude), which separates Italy from Switzerland and through which in 1852 Richard Wagner went to begin then his grand tour in Italy.


Spring waters are normally collected in great artificial Lake Morasco from which, only in some periods during the year (in summer, in particular), they can flow towards the bottom of the valley creating the waterfall spectacle.
There is a small wooden bridge over the waterfall top. There the panoramic point of view of the valley below is terrific and dizzy at the same time!


Opposite to the fall there is a historical building, which was created in 1863 as hotel to host hikers and mountaineers. Next to it a small nice church of 1621 is dedicated to "Madonna della Neve".

 

This year the waterfall will be open for visitors from Sunday June 3rd, 10-16 with the following calendar:

 

from June 10th: working days from 11.30 to 13.30, Sundays and public holidays from 10 to 16;
from August 10th to 20th from 10 to 16;
On August 15th and 16th from 10 to 18.
Open until Sunday September 30th, 10-16.


The Toce Waterfall is also being the amazing scenery for the “Fiori di Fuoco” 2012 Fireworks World Championship opening night. This first show could be a special occasion to admire this natural miracle together with thousands of lights and colors.


July, 1st - Arona

Arona - Sun, 01/07/2012

July, 1st - Arona

XV Quelli che la vela

Gathering of sailing open to all

at 9 am

organizzatore: Yacht Club Arona

contatto email: ycarona@ycarona.it