Things to See & Do – Folk Museum

July 20, 2016

Gurro and Cannobina Valley Folk Museum

Cannobbina Valley – Village of Gurro

The village of Gurro typifies the customs and popular culture of the Cannobina Valley, with its ancient historic centre of narrow streets threading through huddles of stone houses with large wooden loggias. Read the rest of this entry »


Things to See & Do – Sacro Monte Ghiffa

July 16, 2016

Sacro Monte of the Holy Trinity at Ghiffa

Sacro Monte della Trinita – Ghiffa

The Sacro Monte of the Holy Trinity at Ghiffa stands at the foot of Mount Carciago in a magnificent position dominating Lake Maggiore. It is an unfinished Baroque complex inspired by the ideas of San Carlo Borromeo and the architectural models of the Sacri Monti of Orta and Varese.

Ghiffa-Cappella di Abraham

It is made up of the Sanctuary Church, three chapels and the arcades of the Stations of the Cross, and the  whole complex is surrounded by about 200 hectares of a prevalently woodland Nature Reserve.

The three chapels of the Sacro Monte: the first (1647), dedicated to the Coronation of the Virgin Mary, is embellished with an elegant porch and contains a relief in terracotta of the Madonna and several statues in polychrome terracotta of Saints and Prophets; the second (1659), dedicated to St John the Baptist, contains a scene with statues of the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan, and is completely surrounded by a circular portico; the third (1703), with a cruciform ground plan, is preceded by a graceful porch and is dedicated to Abraham, shown in a group of statues in the act of adoration of three angels that represent the Holy Trinity.

Ghiffa-Santissima Trinità

The three-bay Sanctuary Church contains the pre-existing image of the Holy Trinity, a painting which reproduces the image of Christ three times.

Ghiffa-Via Crucis

The Sanctuary Square is surrounded by the portico of the Stations of the Cross, made up of fourteen archways covered with cross-vaults based on stone columns and ending with a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows. The Stations of the Cross were frescoed in 1824 and today include terracotta panels donated by Ghiffa families in 1930.

The protected nature reserve comprises an extensive woodland area with a heritage of rich flora and fauna. Varied and of  great beauty are the themed footpaths that guide a visit to this reserve: there is a well-equipped fitness trail, and you will find some intriguing traces of ancient settlements as well as evidence of the religious traditions of the past.

The area of the Nature reserve is almost exclusively made up of woodland which belongs to the local town administration.


By car: from the A26 motorway, exit at Gravellona Toce, in the direction of Verbania-Ghiffa. The airport of Malpensa is 44 km away.

By train: the nearest railway station is Verbania-Pallanza at 14km from Ghiffa. From the station you can use the public bus service to reach Ghiffa.


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Things to See & Do – Hat Musueum

July 12, 2016

 Hat Museum at Ghiffa

Cap 1500 – typical pointed shape

The Hat Museum (more precisely “Museum of the Art of Hat-making”) in Ghiffa, overlooking Lake Maggiore, illustrates the history of Italian glamour in hat-making. Read the rest of this entry »

Golf around Lake Como

July 5, 2016

If you have already played the stunning array of Golf Courses available around Lake Maggiore, why not try the range scattered over the hillsides above Lake Como. Stay at the Castello Dal Pozzo and enjoy the hospitality of both Italian lakes.

Golf Courses around Lake Como

Golf Courses around Lake Como

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Explore in Style-by Bike

January 17, 2013
Ride a  bike in style

Ride a bike in style in New York

Ever quick on the uptake, New York’s most fashionable hotels are providing a stylish solution: bespoke vintage bikes for guests to explore the city on. The trend tends towards Dutch bikes that combine retro charm with new technology, complete with cushioned saddles so they’re comfy to ride all day, and upright handlebars so the rider can sit up and take in the sights as they scoot around the city.ù Read the rest of this entry »

Unusual Hotels – Hippo Point, Kenya

March 27, 2012

The 40mt tower is the perfect Hippo Watching Sanctuary

Hippo Point Wildlife Sanctuary on Lake Naivasha in Kenya is the ultimate resort for Hippo Watching. Read the rest of this entry »

Unusual Ideas – Visa Passport Stamps

February 18, 2012


Create a visual old fashioned virtual passport

IF you’ve ever dreamed of seeing a quirky stamp in your passport – say a cartoon pirate turtle … now you can.

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