Thermal pools of Vals (CH- Grigioni): by Architect Peter Zumthor

Some guests come to us from far away (North Europe, North America, or Israel), chose Casabella because, close to Malpensa, it allowed them to have an easy visit to Milan, or Turin and Switzerland, while immersed in a precious and peaceful lake atmosphere.

Casabella has recommended, recommends and will recommend all the guests who wish to visit Milano in a day, to see:

- Duomo of Milano,
- Teatro alla Scala,
- Leonardo’s Last Supper
- Pinacoteca of Brera,
- Castello Sforzesco
- The Fashion district (near via Montenapoleone),
- The New Fair of Milan (Milano-Rho),
- Expo 2015

To the guests who like to visit Turino, Casabella gives these advices:

- Egyptian Museum,
- Museum of Cinema (mole antonelliana),
- Lingotto (Pinacoteca Gianni e Marella Agnelli),
- Museum of Oriental Art,
- Castles of: Rivoli,
- Stupinigi,
- Racconigi,
- Venaria Reale

To the guests who decided to go to Switzerland, we gave these advices:

- Lido of Locarno with it’s high slipways and thermal pools
- The tour: Stresa - Locarno - Centovalli - Val Vigezzo - Domodossola - Stresa (tickets can be purchased in Stresa where you start with hydrofoil to Locarno. From Locarno, you continue with narrow-gauge railway. We recommend a stop at Santa Maria Maggiore Val Vigezzo)
- The National Youth Sports Center of Locarno (just on the lake shore)
- Castelgrande, one of the castles in the town of Bellinzona
- The thermal pools of Leukerbad
- Thermal pools in Vals (Grigioni)

Above: The old boat "Piemonte" on the Lake Maggiore (Italy)
Below: The Borromeo gulf with Isola Bella and the cable car to Mottarone

Culture and Leisure:

- "Settimane musicali" of Stresa and Lake Maggiore (prestigious international festival of classical music, founded in 1961 ("Musical Weeks")
- "Festival Grinzane Cinema" (
- "Lago Maggiore Letteraltura" (International Festival of Mountain Literature), travel and adventure (
- "Editoria e giardini" (, review of Italian and foreign publishers and issues related to the garden
- “Città di Verbania-Classic Voice", Annual International Award Exhibition of musical production
- "Foundazione Art Museum" in Arona, in the halls of Villa Ponti (an elegant villa of XVII century San Carlo St, 63, Phone 0322-44629), very important painting exhibitions every year.
- "Un paese a sei corde” (A country with six strings) (, the international countray music festival on lake of Orta
- International exhibitions of art and photography are organized every year by Ortissima-Percorsidorta (
- "Tones on the Stones" (, International festival of music, theater, dance
- Landscape museum in Pallanza (
- Walser museum in Macugnaga (
- Alpinia Botanical Garden (Stresa-Alpino-Mottarone
- Villa Pallavicino (Stresa)
- The botanical gardens of Villa Taranto at Pallanza,
- Cittadellarte Michelangelo Pistoletto in Biella (Foundation Pistoletto-ONLUS,
- Forum of Omega Foundation Museum of Arts and Industry of Omega,, near Alessi Factory Outlet in Crusinallo.
- Itineriari Antonelliani: a virtual museum that could be called "Discovering the Neoclassical style through the works of Alessandro Antonelli" leads you in the area of Novara hills, to visit the Basilica of St. Gaudenzio, Casa Bossi, the Duomo and Palazzo Avogadro (Novara), the Asilo De Medici and the church of St. Clement (Bellinzago Novarese), the Sanctuary of the SS Crucifixus (Boca), the church (Borgolavezzaro), the Rotunda of St. Alexander (Fontaneto of Agogna), the Scurolo of Beata Panacea (Ghemme), Casa Antonelli and Scurolo S. Agapito (Maggiora), the Church of St. Peter and Paul (Oleggio), Villa Caccia (Romagnano Sesia), Mole Antonelliana in Turin (Museo del Cinema,


Remarkable restaurants by the best guides in our area:
- Il Sole di Ranco (Piazza Venezia, 5 Ranco, VA) Chef David Brovelli
- Al Sorriso, Via Roma 18 - Soriso (No) Chef Luisa Valazza
- Villa Crespi, Via Fava 18 - Orta S. Giulio (No) Chef Antonino Cannovacciuolo
- Pinocchio, Via Matteotti 147 - Borgomanero (No) - Chef Piero Bertinotti (
- Novecento (Meine) Chef Matthew Vigotti (
- Ori Pari (Boca) Chef Mauro Zerla
- Piccolo Lago (Mergozzo) Chef Marco Sacco (

Regional fame restaurants in our area:
- La Piazzetta (Via Maggiore, 20 Bee-Verbania)
- Trattoria Campagna (via Vergante, 12 Arona) (
- Il castagneto in Montrigiasco (Arona) (
- Casabella Isola Pescatori (Stresa)
- Il battello del golfo (Main road 33 in Feriolo. It is in an elegant boat on the lake) (

Restaurants recommended by Casabella, near our house, reached also on foot:
- Hostaria al Camino in Lesa (road to Comnago), regional cuisine and home cooking, top of wines (
- Il Rapanello (Old town of Lesa,, creative cuisine based on fish.
- Toio and Lella, with pizzeria (Old Townof Lesa,
- Lago Maggiore (near the arbour of Lesa,

and reastaurants reachable by car in 10 minutes:

- Parma, with a pizzeria (Via Sempione, 103 Meina,
- AnticoVerbano (Via Sempione, 60 Meina
- Aldo, with pizzeria (Piazza del Popolo, 26 Arona)