Distretto Turistico dei Laghi

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The modern and revisited version of the cultural nineteenth-century Grand Tour, of which the whole of Italy was the star, nowadays could begin on the shores of Lake Maggiore, and from here continue through Piedmontese territory as far as Lake Orta, Mergozzo and the verdant Ossola valleys. Even those who go to Milan or Tourin on a business trip or simply stop over at nearby Malpensa airport, should set aside a day for visiting this area, which meant so munch in the past even for illustriors figures like Stendhal, Goethe, Dickens, Hesse, Byron, Dumas Senior, Flaubert and Ruskin. With its historic villas overflowing with mature charm, villages set in small coves on sandy shores, and in the centre the timeless, superb Borromee islands, Verbano is a must for anyone seeking a superior tourism that becames to the discovery of art monuments, history, but also nature and gastronomic tradition. Romantic landings for boat trips are to be found at little island of San Giulio, on Lake Orta, and the shores of Lake Mergozzo, while there are perfect refuges for nature lovers in the Ossola valleys, which trace back the River Toce and lead from Macugnaga as far as Mount Rosa snowy peaks. The lakes are 50 minutes from Milan, Italian capital of the fashion and the shopping and ideal place to follow the Olympic Games in Torino 2006, without abdicating the relax of a vacation among culture, environment and enogastronomy.