It was Saturday the 20. of April 2013. Romy had to work this Saturday and Eddy was busy all day long to load the car. A week holiday in Italy and Switzerland was laying in front of us.
As soon as Romy came home from work around 5:30 PM, we setted off just to see how far we could push it the evening. Eventually after 600km. and around midnight we spent the night at Autobahnraststätte Renchtal.
Next morning we gave it an early start to cover the last 450 km. to Verbania, Italy on the shores of Lago Maggiore. We stayed at camping Village Isolino. A typical family camping with camping and bungalow facilities with gives room for probably more than 5.000 people in summer. In spring you’ve got the place for yourself!
As we brought our pushbikes, we discovered Verbania and surroundings by bike. Verbania centre breaths some Italian flair with some majestic buildings on the shores of the lake now housing some of the more upmarket hotels in this area.
A cable car from Stresa normally can take you to the top of mount Mottarone but because of a lack of tourist this time of year, the funicolare still did not operate. Which means you basically have to get to the summit yourself, which we tried to do by bike. Because of the heat and because of the fact that we have holidays, we never got there. We did enough exercise on this beautiful day which we ended with self cooked pasta on our campingspot. We felt asleep soon after…
Next morning with a breakfast-in-the-sun (sun!) we took off and first drove through forested area to Lago d’Orta where we visited village Orta San Giulio. A nice stroll along the lake which ended with an espresso on main square with hundreds of other tourists.
From this square boats leave for Isola Orta. We decided to walk up the hill to circle the peninsula back to the car and Eddy was desperate to see Mount Matterhorn, so off we go!