by ANNE M. (30/10/2010 00:16:43)
We enjoyed the botanical garden at Taranto, and the village of Orta on Lago D'Orta. We arrived too late in the season to see the Isle of Bella which would have been also very interesting. The town of Stresa wasn't that great, but luckily we saw some of the other regions. We had driven from Ascona and got to enjoy seeing Locarno and some of it's highlights with a good meal there at the Osteria Chiara.
This excellent restaurant in the hills above Stresa, in Vezzo is called Ristorante Verbena. Paloa Verbena was a wonderful hostess and served delicious food. Please pass it on.
Our host made a corsage for me from flowers and plants from his garden that I managed to get past customs. He is 83 years old and quite the charmer. He called himself a "Domestic Assistant" to his wife. However, he made the best croissants I've ever had and served them both mornings. He was very helpful with maps and directions and we did everything he told us to do! Only regret was not enough time to see his garden above his house.
The beautfiul lake Maggiore, the friendliness of the people and it's close proximity to the Malpensa airport.