The “Casa degli Amici” (House of friends), ideal for large families and/or groups of friends, is located in the village of Biganzolo on the west bank of Lago Maggiore, about 18 miles from Ascona in Switzerland heading south, or about 40 miles drive from Milano Malpensa Airport, going north. Biganzolo is one of the many small romantic villages nestled on the hill sides along the lake. These villages are known for their art, crafts and cooking.
The environment: Lago Maggiore although known to be a tourist attraction, remains rather unspoilt by mass tourism like for instance the Toscana. The Alps to the north and the mountainous surroundings of this area offer a wonderful opportunity for outdoor activities. Val Grande National Park, to mention one of many hiking opportunities (located only minutes by car from Biganzolo) is an undiscovered and multifaceted paradise for hikers. The area is also becoming known for mountain biking. Hiking offers trails to roaring waterfalls in wild canyons, mountain streams, beech and chestnuts forests and little stone villages, mostly abandoned, built centuries ago from stones quarried from the mountain sides. At the end of trails you might find an eight hundred year old church or monastery or a quaint little village in which to have ice cream and a cool drink of water. Views from mountain tops are breathtaking and always worth the effort.
Further Information: Also there is the lake: scheduled ferries connect all villages and towns along the huge lake, but the highlights are of course the Borromeo islands (Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola Pescatore) which offer castles, botanical gardens and restaurants with incredible views. These islands are perfect for interesting outings and romantic dinners. Visit the numerous cultural and social events at Stresa and Pallanza, Locarno and Ascona.
Recreational activities: Cycling, diving, mountain biking, sailing, swimming, tennis, walking, wind-surfing, boccia and hiking in the romantic Val Grande National Reserve.