Leaving from Turin, meeting point at Salone del Gusto Piazza
Arrival in Verbania on the shore of Lago Maggiore for a guided tour of the famous Botanic gardens of Villa Taranto.
Visit of the Museo del Paesaggio in Pallanza
Lunch at Villa Olimpia, Slow Food headquarters of the Verbania Convivium, tasting menu with recipes from the lake 100% local food.
Boat tour of the lake, and arrival to Isola Bella, for a visit of the Palace, a treasure of baroque art treasure suspended on the water, and its unmissable Giardino all’italiana, rich in the famous citrus trees of the lake; A beautiful sight to behold thanks to recurring blooms and priceless art treasures merged in harmony
Transformed from rough rock to flower garden, today the island appears as a vessel floating on the blue waters of the Lake.
Following there will be a visit the characteristic Isola dei Pescatori, the most picturesque of the Borromee islands, and the only one to be permanently inhabited.
The small ancient village is characterized by narrow small alleys and by colored houses with their long balconies devoted to drying fish.
Transfer to Cannero Riviera, a mediaeval village facing the lake shore for Dinner and
overnight stay in a beautiful Relais, with an incredible citrus garden, owned by an active Slow Food member.
Thanks to a natural inlet, Cannero has a very mild climate that favors the growth of a Mediterranean vegetation with citrus trees, palms, olive trees;
during spring season the great bloom turns the village into a flowered balcony facing the lake.
Dinner will be a tasting menu based on lake specialties and followed by a video about the citrus of the lake by the Slow Food Convivium, explaining the and rare presidium product.
Breakfast and check out
Visit to the Citrus Park of Cannero Riviera and to a private garden to see its exceptional biodiversity.
Circumnavigation with a solar powered raft of the Rocca Vitaliana, known also as the Castelli di Cannero , which once was the citrus fruit garden of the Borromeo princes.
Transfer to Verbania Cavandone and lunch at the Circolo SOMS of Cavandone
Tasting menu including the other gold treasure of the lake, risotto with saffron, cultivateed locally under an experimental cultivation
You will meet Saffron farmers and producers of the lake in Cavandone.
Finally a wine tasting.
Return to Turin in the evening