a perfect strategic location
In a strategic location between Milan and Switzerland, just a few minutes from Stresa and its islands and half an hour from Malpensa airport, White Lilac makes an outstanding jumping off point for so many wonderful sites and attractions.
Just cross the road to get to the centre of the stunningly pretty village of Dagnente, one of the few communities in the area still blessed with a restaurant/ bar and a couple of shops. If you want to get a glimpse of the real Italy, order a cappuccino and brioche in the friendly Arca di Noé bar, amidst a group of locals discussing last night's football match. The highlight of the village however is the church, sitting high on a hill and offering absolutely breathtaking views over the southern part of the lake. If you've overeaten at lunch, you can run it off on the village football pitch. The local lads are always happy to have extra players join in. If you're still feeling energetic, there are several fine walks up through the woods behind.
The charming lakeside town of Arona, though little known outside Italy, is the Lake's undisputed nightlife capital, offering a host of wonderful traditional restaurants and bars, patronised mostly by Italians, in its picturesque medieval core. Whereas the rest of the lake shuts down for winter, as Arona caters mostly to Italians, its bars and restaurants stay open throughout the year. So whatever time of year you visit, you're sure to find a vibrant atmosphere.
Situated on the western side of Lake Maggiore are Stresa and the three Borromean Islands, amongst the most popular tourist attractions in Italy. The islands take their name from the aristocratic Borromean family, who still come to spend summer holidays on Isola Madre, the most exotic and tranquil island. Isola Bella was transformed into grand, luxurious gardens and a residence, while the third island, named “dei Pescatori” after its fishing community, was left to continue its traditional way of life.
Situated on lake Orta and just 30 minutes from White Lilac is the small town of Orta. In every corner of Orta are picturesque squares, little streets with old palaces and gardens. What's magic about the place is the combination of the age of the buildings, the colours, the textures and the light. At the foot of a sacred mountain, Orta offers a boat service to the Monastery on the tiny Isola San Giulio.