Lake Maggiore and the Aida: for a magic July 2013
Lake Maggiore and the Aida
24th – 29th July 2013
Three days to discover the landscapes of Lake Maggiore. Verbania has got a considerable environmental heritage, in which stones such as: granite, marble and serizzi are well known and used throughout the world… they are the strongest elements.
In this context, comes this tour, which will give you the possibility to discover the beautiful scenery of Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta: culture, food, breathtaking sceneries and unspoiled nature.
During this tour you will enjoy the unique experience of attending a high-profile art event, hosted in a very unusual location: the marble quarries of Crevoladossola. The scenic element of the large “hole in the mountain” will be the stage for the unique and great frame for the representation of one of the most famous works of Giuseppe Verdi: the Aida.
1st day: Borromeo Islands
late morning arrival in Stresa, check-in in hotel, short walk in the town centre and free time for a light-lunch. In the afternoon departure by private motorboat to the Borromeo Islands. First stop: the “isola Madre” (Mother island) where in rich and lush vegetation live free beautiful peacocks, pheasants and other birds. You will continue with the visit of the “isola Bella” (Beautiful island) with its incredible baroque mansion and Italian-style-garden with its ten terraces overlooking the lake. Last stop will be the “isola Superiore dei Pescatori” (Fishermen’s island) that owes its name to the occupation of its inhabitants. This island, with its medieval charm, narrow streets and the view of the lake, is difficult to forget. After a romantic walk, an aperitif and a special dinner will be reserved for you in a typical restaurant of the island. After dinner return by private motorboat in Stresa and overnight in hotel.
2nd day: Santa Caterina del Sasso and the Aida
in the morning departure by Public Line Service boat for the visit of the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso. A stunning feature of this Hermitage is its position over the lake (it seems to cling to the side of the mountain jutting out into the lake). It is a monastery made of three buildings which date back to the 13th century, built by the Holy Alberto Besozzi (who lived here for 35 years as a hermit). After the visit return in Stresa for free time! Late afternoon departure to reach Domodossola (about 40 minutes by car). Visit of the town and free time for an aperitif or dinner in a nice café or restaurant of the centre. At 8.30 p.m. departure to reach Crevoladossola and after few minutes by car you will be at the quarries to attend the representation of the Aida. In 1870, Giuseppe Verdi, the most famous Italian composer, agreed to compose a work for the opening of the new theatre inCairo, wanted by the viceroy ofEgypt. Main characters: Radames, captain of the guard, is in love with Aida, the daughter of the King of Ethiopia and Amnereis, the daughter of the Pharaoh, who is in love with Radames too, will claim her love. After the show, return in Stresa and overnight in hotel.
3rd day: Lake Orta
late morning departure to reach one the most romantic Italian lakes: Lake Orta. The town of Orta San Giulio will charm you with its historical beauty, ancient houses decorated with frescoes and narrow medieval roads. Above the town is the Sacred Mount, where 21 chapels show the life of St. Francis. Free time for the lunch in a restaurant of the centre. In the afternoon, departure by private motorboat to reach the “isola di San Giulio” (St. Giulio island), a very small island with a magnificent church. Return in Orta San Giulio and free time. Late afternoon departure to come back home.
Services included in the package:
- 2 nights, BB-rate in a 3-star-hotel by Lake Maggiore, in double room with breakfast buffet;
- private transfer by motorboat to reach the Borromeo Islands;
- entry to mansion and garden of the “isola Bella” and the “isola Madre”;
- dinner in a restaurant of the “isola Superiore dei Pescatori”, 4-course-menu, drinks not included;
- transfer by Public Line Service boat from Stresa to Santa Caterina del Sasso;
- entry ticket for the Aida’s show, which will take place at the quarries of Crevoladossola;
- private transfer by motorboat to reach the “isola di San Giulio”.
Package price: starting from 315,00 € per person in double room
Recommended period: from 24th to 29th July 2013
Length: 2 nights, 3 days, according to hotel availability
Minimum participants: 2 people
Car required (we consider you moving with your own car), transfer available on request
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