Mottarone

this is an excerpt from the book “Lake Maggiore” by Enrico Massetti.

Mottarone
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One day trip without a car – Milan to Mottarone on Lake Maggiore

From Milan you don’t need a car to take this day trip to the wonders of the mountain balcony of Mottarone on Lake Maggiore: you just hop on a train of the “TreNord” train company, and in a short time you are in a magic place of lakes, mountains and views over vast spaces.

This is especially recommended in spring or autumn when often you can leave the fog and cold of Milan to reach sun-shining lakefront views in the mild climate of the Lake Maggiore.

Mottarone
Mottarone Photo © footprints.ownlog.com

MOTTARONE

The Mottarone, situated between Lake Maggiore and Lake d’Orta, is considered one of the most beautiful natural balconies in the whole Piedmont and Lombardy. The visitor’s eye is struck by the summit of Monte Rosa and by the seven lakes (Lake Maggiore, Lake d’Orta, Lake Mergozzo, Lake Varese, Lake Comabbio, Lake Monate, Lake Biandronno) lying in a natural basin. The Cableway Stresa-Alpino-Mottarone leaves from Piazzale Lido, in the hamlet of Caroiano di Stresa.

It takes 20 minutes to reach an altitude of 1.491 meters above the sea level and brings 40 people per cage. For nature lovers, 300 meters from the intermediate stop of the cableway in the hamlet Alpino there is the Botanical Garden Alpinia extended for about 40.000 square meters, with over 800 different species and from which you can enjoy an incredible view of Lake Maggiore and over the Borromean Islands.

Mottarone Photo © footprints.ownlog.com
Mottarone Photo © footprints.ownlog.com

Botanical Garden Alpinia

View from The Alpine Garden
View from The Alpine Garden

For nature lovers, 300 meters from the intermediate stop of the cableway in the hamlet Alpino there is the Botanical Garden Alpinia extended for about 40.000 square meters, (431,000 square ft) with over 800 different species and from which you can enjoy an incredible view of Lake Maggiore and over the Borromean Islands. The gardens were created in 1934 and specialize in Alpine and sub-Alpine species.

Where to stay in Stresa

There are hotels, apartments, villas, and B&Bs available, check it out and make a reservation here.

this is an excerpt from the book “Lake Maggiore” by Enrico Massetti.

William Dellorusso
Lombardia in Cucina: The Flavours of Lombardy

Milan-style risotto, pizzoccheri Valtellinesi, and pumpkin tortelli to start; casoeula, Milan-style cutlets, frogs stewed in tomato to follow, and to send, a slice of sbrisolona cake or panettone.
Lombardy surprises with the richness of its culinary traditions and natural ingredients, which modernity has barely affected.
"Milano in Cucina" captures this kaleidoscope of flavours, with contributions from some of the most celebrated chefs on the culinary scene, who pay homage to their territory, and whose skill is able to present a modern vision in keeping with the region's progressive spirit.

The Italian Academy of Cuisine
La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy

Fifty years ago, a group of Italian scholars gathered to discuss a problem: how to preserve traditional Italian cooking. They formed the Italian Academy of Cuisine to document classic recipes from every region. The academy’s more than seven thousand associates spread out to villages everywhere, interviewing grandmothers and farmers at their stoves, transcribing their recipes—many of which had never been documented before. This is the culmination of that research, an astounding feat—2,000 recipes that represent the patrimony of Italian country cooking. Each recipe is labeled with its region of origin, and it’s not just the ingredients but also the techniques that change with the geography. Sprinkled throughout are historical recipes that provide fascinating views into the folk culture of the past. There are no fancy flourishes here, and no shortcuts; this is true salt-of-the-earth cooking. The book is an excellent everyday source for easily achievable recipes, with such simple dishes as White Bean and Escarole Soup, Polenta with Tomato Sauce, and Chicken with Lemon and Capers. For ease of use there are four different indexes. La Cucina is an essential reference for every cook’s library.

Milano in Cucina: The Flavours of Milan
The famous Risotto Alla Milanese gets its golden hue from the precious spice saffron. Legend has it that the dish came about when a Milanese painter decided to gild the risotto served at his wedding banquet with a harmless gold-colored dye. In Milan, they traditionally serve Risotto Alla Milanese with ossobuco (braised veal shank).
Traditionally made with raisins and candied citron, or with a creamy cream filling, the light, fluffy brioche-like bread called panettone may be tall or short, covered with chocolate or flavored with various liquors, but it’s always a symbol of the Christmas season.
With its hallmark domed shape, panettone graced Christmas tables in Milan since at least the 15th-century. Common knowledge claims its invention is from Milan. It is the most famous Christmas Lombardia food.

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