A five and a half hour drive from Munich is a destination that frankly speaking came a little out of fashion. The Lago Maggiore surrounded by palm trees and cute flowers is beleaguered by old snuggly villages and presents its faded glamour of the 60ies to a tourist who wishes a change of scenery but intents nothing much to do but eating.
Nach einer fünfeinhalb stündigen Autofahrt von München gen Süden findet man ein Reiseziel, welches offen gesagt, ein wenig aus der Mode gekommen ist. Der von Palmen und niedlichen Blumen gesäumte Lago Maggiore wird von alten, kuscheligen Örtschaftchen belagert. Einem Touristen, der zwar einen Tapetenwechsel sucht aber nichts Größeres plant als zu essen, präsentiert der langgezogene See den verblassten Glamour der 60er Jahre.
Where to stay: Cascinetta 32
Which village is the most snuggly: Orta San Giulio (actually not at Lago Maggiore but at nearby Lago D'Orta)
What to do when there is not much to do:
– Take a boat trip from Stresa to Isole Borromee
– Eat pizza
– Drive around in your car with open windows and imagine it's a cabrio to really get that 60ies glamour feeling
– Find a beach
– Check out the other lakes next to Lago Maggiore
– Get a coffeine high on cappucino (though unfortunately not as good as in Rome)
– Chat to the locals (they are really friendly) in a funny language mix of Italian, English, German and French
– Relax
– And don't forget to take a good book with you as you might finally finish it
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