Set in the magnificent Borromean Gulf, only 5 km away from Stresa, Hotel Villa Carlotta is a stunning XIX century mansion, full of romance and charm, in a perfect harmony with all the countless natural and artistic beauties in its surroundings, which make it the ideal location to experience an unforgettable journey for both your mind and soul.
About 20 kilometers away from Verbania is Belgirate, a popular tourist resort thanks to its charming Medieval historical centre. Close by the hamlet are several XIX century mansions: among them,Villa Carlotta stands out, entirely surrounded by a luxuriant park and proud of having had, among its most illustrious and distinguished guests, important members of the aristocracy and famous intellectuals, such as Guido Gozzano, Antonio Rosmini and Alessandro Manzoni.
Belgirate and its history
Belgirate, immediately after Lesa on the way from Arona, at the foot of Motta Rossa, hosts many important international regattas. From its lakefront a magnificent view opens up, embracing the whole southern and most of the northern side of Lake Maggiore. On Belgirate lakefront is also a stunning Baroque church, enriched by beautiful frescoes by Morgari and stuccoes by Secchi. A little further on, opposite the gardens with Benedetto Cairoli’s statue, is Villa Bono Cairoli, consisting in two units joined by a loggia. The Villa was home to many important protagonists of the Risorgimento, such as Benedetto and Giovanni Cairoli who lost his life here as a hero. Among all the celebrities who stayed in Belgirate are Pietro Borsieri (Silvio Pellico’s cellmate), Stendhal, and Giuseppe Bonaparte. In the upper part of the town one can admire beautiful houses embellished with picturesque loggias and porches; close by, the old Church dating back to the XIIth century with its Romanesque belfry, similar in style to Saint Satiro’s, in Milan, and its frescoes by Luini. In the cemetery, on the church left-hand side, is the Hierschel de Minerbi Chapel, decorated by Bistolfi. Today Belgirate is a renowned tourist resort thanks to its many hotels among which Villa Carlotta stands out.