MERGOZZO AND SURROUNDINGS

Scenery, excursions and much more

Mergozzo is a little village where the historical and cultural traditions of the past have survived intact to the present day. Overlooking the lake of the same name with its crystal clear waters and surounded by beautiful scenery, it is a charming place.

Situated in the heart of Verbano Cusio Ossola, it enjoys a favourable geographical position close to Central Europe, only a five-minute-drive from the motorway, about an hour from Milan and neighbouring Switzerland and just over half an hour from the international airport of Milan Malpensa.

The hinterland is rich in scenery and landscapes including the Borromee islands, the Botanical Gardens of villa Taranto on Lake Maggiore; Orta on the lake of the very same name with the island of Saint Julio; Mount Rosa,  the Toce waterfall, Valgrande national park and the thermal baths of Premia and Bognanco.

Pure uncontaminated nature to absorb, culture and history to be discovered and grasped, food and wine to taste and savour.

Whatever the season our position is strategic for excursions of all kinds : the Lakes Maggiore, Orta and Mergozzo and the Ossola valleys. Our area abounds in localities famous for their characteristic beauty and rich in history and culture.

Not to be forgotten is  the fact that we are at a stone’s throw from Valgrande national park, the largest wilderness area  in Italy. A natural green belt where nature reigns supreme free from pollution.

WHAT TO DO

Around B&B: sport, leisure and nature. There are numerous activities that can be done while on holidays on Lake Mergozzo: one of Europe's cleanest bodies of water. Features of this unique area with its extraordinary potential, the waters of Lakes Mergozzo, Maggiore and Orta are suitable for swimming and other water sports, swimming, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and wonderful deep water diving. Meanwhile, to discover the beauty of the landscape, hiking and cycling can be practised all year round.

WATER SPORTS IN SUMMER

Even without taking part in the annual Triathlon competition, which attracts thousands of swimmers every year in September, on Lake Mergozzo. The lake is the place to be ideal for diving and doing some strokes, on relax on one of the beaches. You can also practice canoing and kayaking on a stretch of water where athletes have trained, who were to become world champions in their respective sports: Antonio Rossi e Beniamino Bonomi, to mention but a few.

AQUADVENTURE PARK

A stone's throw from here, a park where you can have fun and test yourself in the great outdoors. For adults and children alike, a unique experience involving suspension bridges, breathtaking slides and adventurous rides. www.lagomaggioreadventure.com

GOLF PASSION

There are actually 4 golf courses within a 30 km radius of B&B for the benefit of all those keen on the sport. Golf Sporting Club Verbania, Golf Club Alpino di Stresa, Golf des Iles Borromées e Golf Club Arona.

MOTTARONE ALPYLAND

Alpyland, the sledge lift at Mottarone is a major attraction: an awesome, breath-taking downhill ride in a two-seater bobsleigh over a scenic 800 metre-long. www.alpyland.com

ROCK CLIMBING

Mergozzo offers many opportunities for sports enthusiasts, rock climbing on the “Corni di Nibbio” and “Montorfano” hills.

WHAT SEE

Our territory, between the lake and the mountains. The Bed&Breakfast is in the Nibbio di Mergozzo locality. The B&B stands at the starting point of numerous excursions to Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta, and just 4 km to Lake Mergozzo.

LAKE MERGOZZO

Lake Mergozzo, awarded the orange flag for its clean waters, has know how to keep its natural beauty intact: the beaches, underwater diving, tuff from the Oriola rocks, canoeing and fishing: its waters are host to a large variety of fish, and its shores are home to a rich and diversifield fauna, where you can find the Orange spotted Emerald, a dragonfly indicative of the quality of the environment. In addition, around the lake you can choose between trekking and cycling paths, immersed in greenery and in direct contact whit the local fauna. From the municipal centre, Mergozzo, you can get to the other hamlets that make up the whole Ossolan (Northen Italian) municipality, thanks to paths and mule tracks that criss-cross charming landscapes, reaching ancient towns surrounding Romanesque remains.

LAKE MAGGIORE AND ITS ISLANDS

It includes the noble and beautiful islands Isole Borromee, sumptuous Stresa and magnificient villas with their gardens. Mottarone rises up between the two lakes; the view from the top is of incomparable beauty as it stretches across the Maritime Alps and Monte Rosa and spans the territory incorporating the seven lakes.

ORTA AND ISLAND OF SAN GIULIO

The most illustrious and representative place in the whole area is Orta San Giulio, a small charming medieval town, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the whole of Italy. Built on the slopes of the ridge overhead, Sacro Monte and its twenty chapels tell the life story of Saint Francis of Assisi; a gem of architecture, culture and spirituality, it has been declared a Unesco heritage site. The Island of San Giulio with its splendid Romanesque basilica and the monastery of the Benedictine order lies suspended over the waters of the lake.

FOR MOUNTAIN LOVERS

There are several famous destinations, all easily reached. Valgrande is Italy’s largest wild reserve that can be visited along various trails that pass close to the B&B. Located between Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, Mottarone (1492 m) is considered one of the most beautiful natural balconies in Italy. It is possible to drive comfortably to the summit with your car, to admire the incredible panorama that ranges from the Po Valley, to the Alps, to the lakes. Premia Hot Springs. A Wellness area, wellness paths, treatments and a large outdoor swimming pool, all in a well-kept environment that respects the culture of the place. If you crave relaxation, we recommend a day at the Terme di Premia. Toce Waterfalls. With its drop of 143 meters it is the highest waterfall in Europe and on its summit, a small wooden balcony will allow you to lean over the majestic leap of water. Do not miss, a few meters upstream, a visit to the small village of Riale, a wonderful example of the ancient Walser culture.

WHERE TO EAT

The territory of upper Piedmont, rich in pasture and herbage, hills and flat terrain, is renowned for its gastronomic products of the highest quality.

TRATTORIA IL RISOTTINO

The trattoria “Il Risottino” in the locality known as Bracchio di Mergozzo, serves carefully researched Piedmont cuisine with special attention for local produce.

BIRRERIA FREELANCE

In a magical spot like Lake Mergozzo itself, you will find over 100 excellent craft beers to be combined with either a delicious dish or a tasty sandwich.

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