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EXPO is open!

Today, 1st of May, world’s important event has started in just 40 minutes away from Lake Maggiore!

Expo Milano 2015 is the Universal Exhibition that Milan, Italy, hosts from May 1 to October 31, 2015. Over this six-month period, Milan will become a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries will show the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the Planet and its equilibrium. In addition to the exhibitor nations, the Expo also involves international organizations, and expects to welcome over 20 million visitors to its 1.1 million square meters of exhibition area.
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A platform for the exchange of ideas and shared solutions on the theme of food, stimulating each country’s creativity and promoting innovation for a sustainable future, Expo 2015 will give everyone the opportunity to find out about, and taste, the world’s best dishes, while discovering the best of the agri-food and gastronomic traditions of each of the exhibitor countries.

Imperorent welcomes guests of EXPO!

Chocolate days on Lake Maggiore

This weekend promises to be very sweet on Lake Maggiore as Arona holds several events on April 17, 18 and 19 dedicated to chocolate. During these three days from 9am till 19pm center of Arona (Piazza del Popolo) will be turned into an open air exhibition of chocolate with workshops, tasting, and lots of surprises. Best Italian producers of chocolate will be presenting their sweets on the beautiful shores of Lake Maggiore during “Un lago di Cioccolato”.
Events promise to be exciting and delicious!

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20th of March – Great Charity Gala Ball in Stresa

 The Representative of Novara and VCO Constantinian Order, Knight Andrea Padulazzi, and the Association of Chefs of Novara and VCO organize great charity gala ball at the Hotel Regina Palace to support the Department of Surgery of Hospitals of Verbania and Domodossola, booming in recent years under the guidance of Dr. Francesco Arceci and recognized among the centers of excellence in the treatment of cancer.

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The initiative is to encourage the purchase of furniture and equipment for the operating room of the hospitals of Verbania and Domodossola, thus contributing to a more welcoming environments for hospital patients.

Most of entrepreneur of Stresa will participate, however, the ball is open to the public as well. The entire proceeds will be donated to the Order for the pursuit of the above-mentioned project.

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The Gran Gala will take place in hotel Regina Palace on the 20th of March at 8 pm, entrance fee is 40 euro per person, including buffet dinner. For information and reservation call +393485435738.

New attraction for the brave ones on Lake Maggiore!

Angel’s Flight: two minutes of adrenaline with a maximum speed of 120 km per hour over a valley overlooking Lake Maggiore will for sure attract many extreme lovers.

The station will be installed on a mountain in the area between Colle (after Piancavallo) and Alpe Segletta in the town of Aurano. This project will be part of a series of initiatives related to development of the region.

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Roberto Locarni, responsible for the project was inspired with the idea that is becoming more popular nowadays. Similar attractions were installed in the Dolomits, where brave hearted tourists feel adrenaline rush while “flying” on a high speed suspended on a wire between the two mountain-top towns. “Angel flight” promises to be very attractive for tourist visiting Lake Maggiore.

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The Angel’s flight will be open to all tourists above 12 years old and weigh less than 150 kilograms.

There is always something intriguing and new on the shores of Lake Maggiore! Stay tuned!

Season 2015 transport news

How to reach Stresa in 2015

Stresa is preparing for the new season 2015! Let’s see what changes iIMG_1516n schedules we have this year.

By bus:

From 1st of April till 31st of October 2015 there is a regular shuttle service Alibus from Malpensa to Stresa, it goes every 2-3 house during the day. The earliest bus runs at 7.30 am. Tickets need to be reserved online at least one day before the departure date. Here you can download timetable and see the prices.

S.A.F. bus runs twice a day from Milan Lampugnago station to Stresa. Here check for the rates and timetamble.  Please nota that the bus doesn’t run on Sundays and Public Holidays.

By train:

There are 6 trains a day that leave from Milan Porta Garibaldi station and head to Domodossola, with a stop in Stresa, 5 trains a day from Milan’s Central Station to Domodossola with a stop in Stresa and 5 trains from Milan’s Central Station heading to Geneva/Basel with a short stop in Stresa. Here you can find timetable and rates.

By car:

Take the A8 motorway towards Laghi-Varese, then the A26 motorway towards Gravellona Toce. Take exit Carpugnino if you are ok with going down a curvy road, otherwise continue to exit Baveno/Stresa and follow the signs, Stresa will be after Baveno.

By boat:

Navigation on Lake Maggiore never stops, every lakeside town is easily reached by a ferry. Here you can check timetable and rates 2015.

Borromeo & Casiraghi: Noble YES

Borromeo & Casiraghi: Noble YES on the shores of Lake Maggiore

Summer 2015 will put Lake Maggiore in the center of European aristocratic life as countess Beatrice Borromeo and Princess of Monaco’s Caroline younger son Pierre Casiraghi are getting married on its shores. So long awaited words will be pronounced in the church of Isola Bella, then will be held an exclusive party in the castle of Angera. The exact day is still a mystery, some newspapers give for certain the date of 1 August for the wedding, others report middle of April.
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A young journalist and TV presenter who has contributed to publications including Newsweek and The Daily Beast, Beatrice met royal Pierre Casiraghi in 2008 while they were both studying at the University Luigi Bocconi in Milan.

For the ceremony couple has chosen the island where got married Beatrice’s sisters Lavinia Also, in September 2004 with the President of Fiat John Elkann, and Matilda, in 2011, with Antonius Von Furstenberg.
The guests, nobles and celebrities, will then be welcomed into the fairy-tale castle of Rocca di Angera: already circulating the first names of possible guests.

Expected course the principles of Monaco and the components of the Borromeo family. Taking in account wedding of Lavinia and Jaki: five hundred guests and a sumptuous themed party black and white, wedding of 2015 is going to be splendid.

Impero House sincerely congratulates the couple.

Expo 2015 #ThinkFood

EXPO GPEXH 2015 #ThinkFood takes place in Stresa
From the 1st till 4th of Marc in the congress hall of hotel Regina one can experience full immersion in the world of gastronomy.
Globalpesca gives a possibility to contact professionals and experts by those who have questions and who has the answers through innovative experience.
During these four days from 11am to 10pm there will be a possibility to make a trip between the kitchen with ‘the right ingredients’, as well as a unique opportunity to live within four thematic areas:
#i piaceri della carne – Learning about the meat from the professional point of view;
#sano come un pesce – Homemade fish specialties. To see, to understand, to taste;
#chi l’ha detto che è una pizza?- Let’s make a pizza, but let’s do it the right way;
#la dolcezza paga – Sweets at last but not least. A pleasant opportunity to earn.
More than 100 exhibitors and dozens of experts available to public to explore, learn and make the most of Kitchen & Business.
Four events, in the Sala Baccarat from 2pm, with prominent personalities, to discover together how to:
#essere positive – Be positive with the show of Max Pisu Sunday, March 1
#dormire sonni senza incubi – sleep without nightmares, along with Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo, Monday, March 2
#prepararsi ad EXPO 2015, prepare to EXPO 2015, with members of the Chamber of Commerce of the VCO and experts in the world of hospitality and communication, Wednesday, March 3
#attrarre nuovi client, attract new customers, along with experts in social networks and web Thursday, March 4
And then the show with the most important companies in the industry, conviviality, entertainment, tastings and surprises. For sure not to be missed!

A Farewell To Arms: Hemingway’s Italy

Although Hemingway is most commonly associated with Florida’s Key West, Spain and Cuba, the latter serving as inspiration for his Nobel Prize Winning novella The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway also had a long, and sometimes painful, relationship with Italy. In 1918, as war raged in Europe, an 18 year old Ernest Hemingway responded to a plea for ambulance drivers on the Italian front, and left for Europe. He arrived in Milan and immediately received a baptism of fire when he was sent to the scene of a bombed munitions factory to collect “the fragments” of female workers. A scene he vividly described years later in his book Death in the Afternoon.

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Fossalta di Piave on the Italian Front
A few days later he was transferred to Fossalta di Piave on the Italian Front. The Italian Front stretched from more than 400 miles, with much of the fighting being conducted in or around the Alps, with the Italians on one side and the Austro-Hungarian armies on the other. Soldiers fought against the enemy but also against the hostile weather that could reach as low as -45c during the winter months. Avalanches were also a constant fear and often intentionally caused by opposing Armies. The “war in the mountains” would rage for almost three and a half years until French, British and American soldiers could reinforce the Italians. After the decisive battle of Vittorio Veneto the Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed and an Armistice was signed.

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Hemingway – Italian Silver Medal of Bravery
Several months earlier on 8th July 1918 Ernest Hemingway was seriously wounded, while delivering cigarettes and chocolates to front line troops, when a mortar exploded next to him. Despite the severity of his own wounds, Hemingway still managed to carry an Italian soldier to safety, for which he received the Italian Silver Medal of Bravery. He spent the next six months recovering from the 227 shrapnel wounds to his legs in a Milan hospital. During this time Hemingway fell in love with Nurse Agnes von Kurowsky, who he fictionalised as Nurse Catherine Barkley in A Farewell to Arms.
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Although the novel is a work of fiction, the parallels between the young protagonist, Frederick Henry, and Hemingway’s own life are clear. And this perhaps is what gives it such a quality of authenticity: from the description of the battle of Caporetto, to the relationship between Henry and Catherine, and the novels final heart-wrenching climax. Hemingway speaks to the reader with conviction and, sometimes, brutal honesty. His “to the point” style is as much about what is not written as what is, and this shift in style, away from the overly flowery language of his peers, allows the reader to “fill the gaps”, and almost become part of the story.

Stresa – Lago Maggiore

Lake Maggiore, his “home from home”! In September 1918, just two month after his injury, a 19 year old Ernest Hemingway was given 10 day Convalesce-Pass and headed for Stresa, just an hour drive from Milan on Lake Maggiore. He checked into room 106 (now the Hemingway Suite) at the Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees, and headed straight for the bar. Unfortunately, for visitors looking for a “Hemingway experience” that bar has long since been closed; the good news is that the new bar has not forgotten Him. Several photos of him adorn the wall, and a Hemingway Special cocktail can still be found on the drinks menu. But surely, it’s the framed page of the guest book he signed on a return visit in 1948 that is the most intriguing. It simply reads: “Ernest Hemingway (an old client)”.
Hemingway spent 7 of his 10 day leave at the Grand Hotel Iles Borromées. While there he spent much of his time playing pool with a “99 year old count”, talking with the barman over a dry martini (Hemingway’s drink of choice back then) and taking boating trips to the small island of Pescatori on Lake Maggiore. All of which were fictionalised in A Farewell to Arms.
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It’s a strange feeling to sit at the bar in the Hotel Borremées, looking out across the lake and knowing that somewhere in that still water, or in the mountains behind, Hemingway found his inspiration. In a letter to his parents in 1918, Hemingway wrote “I’m up here in Stresa, a little resort on Lake Maggiore. One of the most beautiful Italian lakes.”.
So it seems not much has changed since Hemingway’s time, it is still just as beautiful and still remains a perfect location to relax and enjoy the fresh air of the lakes. The many tiny islands on Lake Maggiore offer some of the most beautiful gardens in Europe and can easily be reached in a matter of minutes by the excellent passenger boats that operate throughout the day.
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Hemingway’s spares writing style and universal themes never failed to captivate the reader. He wrote with an honesty that was sometimes painful to read, but always impossible not to. He pulled no punches and made no apologies for it. Snippets of his own life were so delicately inserted into his novels that it is only in hindsight that we can fully understand what he meant when he described the process of writing as “bleeding into a typewriter.” Unfortunately, the legend that Hemingway himself had helped to create has often threatened to overshadow the great contribution he made to modern literature. By his final years his novels and real life had become so intertwined that even he couldn’t tell them apart.
Ernest Hemingway took his own life with a shotgun in 1961, aged 61.