Travelled with Ryanair via Bergamo, then bus to Milan Cantral Station (7 euros single) and train to Stresa (4 euros 40 single). Onward boat to Baveno was another 3 euros single.
Apartment was lovely. We had one on the third floor, with a living room and large bedroom. It was newly refurbished with a neat kitchen concealed behind sliding doors. We had a large balcony with lake and (albeit obstructed) lake views. THe apartment had a nice bathroom with Jacuzzi Bath and low level hand held shower.
We sourced the apartment via their own web. You need to be aware that aircon is extra, and allow for the compulsory cleaning charge at the end (regardless of how many nights you stay.
Lots of Pizza / Pasta and other restaurants in both Baveno and Stresa.
Trips and Excurions
Lots to see and do. We did an organised trip to Lake Orta and the "Big Carlo" statue via the travel agents next to the "Italie Suisse" hotel opposite the Stresa Boat station. It was very enjoyable.
We also visited the three islands via public boat excursions - they are all lovely.
Finally, there is good walking available - we walked up to the Alpine Gardens from Baveno (approx 2 hours 30) and back down to Stresa (another 2 hours).
Did same journey in reverse. Be warned that late afternoon traffic out of Milan can be very heavy. The coach journey back to Bergamo took over two hours (inbound was less than an hour) so allow plenty of time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Every room consists of a private bathroom with jacuzzi shower-or bath and toilet, satellite television, mini-bar, telephone, connection ADSL, hairdryer, safe, air conditioning, heating. Some rooms have balconies or private terraces. The suites have a private terrace with lake view, private balcony, bathroom with jacuzzi bath, lounge with sofa The apartments consit of bathroom with hydro shower or jacuzzi bath, hairdryer, air conditioning, heating, satellite television, telephone, ADSL connection, safe, kitchen with dishwasher, kitchen ware, combi-oven, sheets and blankets. Most of the apartments have a balcony or a private terras with lake view.Restaurant Il Portico, part of the Residence dei Fiori, is located in the city centre of Baveno, near the lakefront and near the dock for The Borromee Island, few minutes from shops and supermarkets.The Restaurant has a wide dining room for 120 people. The location is ideal for organized groups with Tour Operator but also for private guests.In the Restaurant is possible to organize Birthday parties, events and anniversaries.The cookery is original and creative: our chef pays attention to the details, to the beauty, to the Oriental flavours, with vegetarian courses, and dishes that satisfy guest's curiosity. It is also possible to taste traditional courses like Lasagne and Milanese.The Restaurant is also Pizzeria, with the special Pizza Longa with natural leavening.Restaurant "Il Portico": unmatched flavours and excellence in welcoming near Maggiore Lake. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Residence Dei Fiori Baveno, Lake Maggiore, Italy