Arriving over the wintery heights of the Simplon pass, Verbania, on the northern edge of Lake Maggiore spread before us green and lush and warm. Hotel Ancora is set about five miles east of the main highway continuing south to Milan; by the tourist ferry dock and near to the antique court-yards and cobbled alleys of the town. With my head full of drowsy romance, it was a bit of a shock to find the main town roundabout absorbed in elated passion...Juventus had just won Serie A and everyone was celebrating. Kids, girls, boys, parents, grand parents everyone was out on the street and waving a flag. But you had to love it, after all what would Italy be without passion. The hotel staff were extremely lovely, helping us navigate the parking (set back over the main roundabout) and settling us in with a couple of aperitivos on the terrace. They were great with the dogs too; happy to bring water and make sure we were all comfortable. About 7pm the peace and quiet returned and in the morning the sun rising over the lake, seen from the balcony, was enough to convince that this is another great independent hotel that deserves another visit.
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- Also Known As:
- Ancora Hotel Verbania
- Ancora Hotel Lake Maggiore/Verbania, Italy