As we continued on with Day 6 after leaving Pisa (please scroll back to previous post), our itinerary indicated we would to our lakeside resort on beautiful Lake Maggiore. The plan for the day was to check in here at Grand Hotel Dino in Beveno and then those who had opted for yet another optional (additional paid excursion), would head out. However due to time and traffic, that plan was altered. Prior to arriving at our hotel (another one that got changed just days before our tour started), we dropped the folks off at the dock who were signed up for the excursion.
The excursion was Isola Bella for 42 Euro's per person. The description said they were to take a private boat to tour Isola Bella, the lrgest of the the Borromean Islands; said to be a premier attraction of Lake Maggiore. They were to visit the Botanical Gardens and have a tour of a private palace while there. From memory believe these folks got back and checked in around 6:30 pm.
A good number of us were happy we had not opted for the excursion and were happy to get checked in to begin some down time. I thought this was the nicest of all of our hotels and so to me, was the perfect place to have chillax time. Dinner was to be on our own this evening.
The hallway that lead to door and the hallway. Bathroom on left, closet across, bench for luggage. And as you can see in above picture, we had a nice sitting area with chairs and a table, and just beyond a lovely patio to enjoy the outdoors also with table and chairs. This was the only hotel room on this trip that didn't seem a bit tight and offered a sitting area. Rooms in Europe really aren't very large, generally speaking.
After checking in, we heading to the pretty outside balcony off the bar and enjoyed a beer and an Aperol Spritz. Aperol Spritz are very refreshing and quite popular in Italy. A good number in the group opted for the same thing, we ran into quite a few in the bar and or balcony area.
Later, ERnie enjoyed a dip in the pool while I showered and got ready for dinner.
A view of our patio (we were on the 1st floor), those above us had a nice balcony. Though it was hazy, still nice to sit out and enjoy the lake. Notice the domes...sky lights for a dining area below that opened onto another pretty lake view.
We walked down the street to this lovely spot for dinner at Cava Drink & Resturant It was dark by the time we arrived so it was lite up rather nicely. We were right by the waters edge. A peaceful, relaxing meal. Very enjoyable. The most interesting part of the meal perhaps, was watching the wait staff making their way across the main street...the actual restaurant was on the other side of the road.
After dinner and back on our patio for a night cap. Remember the domes, they looked very interesting after dark.
Sorta reminded me of a James Bond movie, lol.
Wonder what day 2 in Lake Maggiore will being.........please check back in to find out.
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