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Victor Emanuel • Lago Maggiore

Victor Emanuel • Lago Maggiore

Did you know?
Italy won the World Soccer Championships in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006. Italy and Germany have each won four championships – more than any other European nation since the World Cup began in 1930.

Only Brazil has won more victories with five. Soccer (football or calcio as it’s called in Italian) is important in Italian culture. Soccer provides a common bond for a diverse people and is more than Italy’s national sport – it’s a national passion.

Famous Italian
Victor Emmanuel II was born Vittorio Emanuele Maria Alberto Eugenio Ferdinando Tommaso di Savoia on 14 March 1820 in Turin. In 1861 he became King of Italy and the first sovereign of a united Italy. Thanks to his skillful command and with the brilliant actions of Prime Minister Count Camillo Benso di Cavour, the Kingdom of Sardinia grew to include all of Italy. Although Giuseppe Garibaldi is rightly considered the leader of the movement to unite Italy, it was Victor Emmanuel II who made the effort for complete unification from 1861 to 1870. He was affectionately called Padre della Patria (father of the homeland). Thousands of Italian towns have statues or monuments in tribute to Vittorio Emanuele II. The most spectacular salute to Italy’s popular king is the colossal Vittorio Emanuele II monument in Rome (Picture to the right). The massive building was begun in 1911 and completed in 1921 in Piazza Venezia. Prominent in the middle of the monument is a gigantic bronze equestrian statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II, who died on 9 January 1878.

New Phrase
“Quando lo stomaco e’ pieno, l’anima trionfa.” When the stomach is full, the spirit soars.

Place to visit
Isola Bella, Lago Maggiore. "For however fanciful and fantastic the Isola Bella may be, and is, it still is beautiful," said Charles Dickens in 1844. Lake Maggiore, located in Piedmont which borders Lombardy and Switzerland, is the second largest lake in Italy. There's a statue of Winston Churchill erected on the grounds of the Lido Palace Hotel in Baveno, on Lake Maggiore, where Churchill spent part of his honeymoon with Lady Clementine in 1908. The Lido Palace offers discounts to Churchill Centre members. It’s difficult to recommend one of these jewels above the others as each lake, Como, Maggiore and Garda are splendid. Isola Bella, means “beautiful island” and is purely a place of ideal beauty. In 1632, Count Vitaliano Borromeo began the construction of the monumental Baroque palace and the majestic and scenic gardens, which have made the island famous and to this day bear witness to the splendors of an era. The Borromeo Family Palace offers visitors an elegant and sumptuous setting and it contains priceless works of art. It also boasts an unusual mosaic grotto, a c ool and delightful place. Once you have visited the palace, there’s access to the garden for a pleasant walk. The gardens form an extraordinary, flowered monument laid out over a series of ornate and overlapping terraces, a classic and inimitable example of seventeenth century "Italian garden". The rare and exotic white peacocks which often roam the gardens are wondrous! Isola Bella is connected to Stresa, Arona, Pallanza, Locarno and other lakeside towns by the boats of the Navigazione Lago Maggiore Company.

Restaurant
Ristorante Europa. Via Magnolie 51, Cannero Riviera, Lago Maggiore. Tel. 39.0323.788292. Steps away from the lake and Hotel Cannero, this comfortable osteria serves outstanding pastas and fresh seafood dishes. Specialties include linguini with vongole (clams), outstanding tortellini and ravioli as well as fresh, sweet muscles. Reasonable prices and friendly service.

Hotel
Hotel Cannero**** Cannero Riviera, Lago Maggiore, Verbania, Italy 28821. Tel. 39 0323 788046  e.mail: info@hotelcannero.com | http://www.hotelcannero.com Small piece of heaven on earth and only steps away from gorgeous Lago Maggiore! Maria Carla Gallinotto, third generation owner and charming hostess extraordinaire, along with her children Felice, Samuele and Annalisa are intimately involved in the operation of this converted monastery which has delighted visitors since 1902. Cannero Riviera lies on the Northwestern shore of Lago Maggiore and is a tranquil sanctuary. Most standard rooms have lake views with balconies. Suites are spacious, luxurious and a good deal considering the comfortable features and views of a small island with a castle. It’s difficult to imagine how Hotel Cannero could be more serene and special! Extensive breakfast buffet. First-rate meals for lunch and dinner in their restaurant “I Castelli” featuring homemade pastas, fish and meats. Each forkful of the lasagne, sea bass and other homemade specialties are pure pleasure. Crepes prepared tableside by Raffaele and Mariacarla’s granddaughter Benedetta are as good as any in Paris. A small fountain in their courtyard adds to the enchantment. The entire experience is a celebration of salubriousness! Boats for other Lago Maggiore ports dock right in front of the hotel. Outdoor pool.

Winery
Ceretto. Alba, CN, Cuneo. They have their cellars designed by famous architects and designers, but when they want to talk about vineyards, they do it with the village postino (postman), sindaco (mayor) and doctor. This is the philosophy of Bruno and Marcello Ceretto , the remarkable brothers who, starting from their father Riccardo’s small firm founded in 1937, have managed to reach the top of their chosen profession in just a few decades. Their children , Roberta, Federico, Lisa and Alessandro have inherited the family spirit and promise a new, fruitful blend of tradition and revolution. It’s not easy to marry quantity with quality but the Ceretto family manage to do so.

Italy Heralded by Mauro Battocchi, former Italian Consul General in San Francisco:
Prosecco Gasses Up Italian Sparkling Wine Exports

Exports of prosecco, the fizzy Italian wine beloved the world over, jumped a full 29% in 2015 and contributed to an increase of 13% in Italian sparking wine exports, three times the global increase in sparking wine exports (4.1%). As reported by Italy24, the only online daily English language newspaper of everything Italian, 2015 saw the production of over 360 million bottles of prosecco. Not only that, but the outlook for 2016 is even more bubbly.

“There will be no shortage of Prosecco next year: the good harvest will allow for the certification of 400 million bottles,” said Stefano Zanette, president of the Prosecco DOC Consortium. “If anything, it is yet to be seen how the market will react to the significant increase in the price of Prosecco.” Italy24

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