Fodor's Expert Review Il Sole di Ranco

Piazza Venezia 5, Ranco, Lombardy, 21020, Italy

For more than 150 years the same family has run this elegant inn—about an hour's drive from Verbania on the banks of the lake opposite Stresa—where guest rooms are in two late-19th-century villas surrounded by a garden. The chef does the family proud in the exceptional restaurant, where lake trout and perch find their way onto the menu, as do artichoke dishes in spring and eggplant in summer.

PROS

  • classic lake setting
  • tranquil grounds
  • meticulously maintained
  • lovely pool area

CONS

  • a bit distant from lake's tourist center (although the hotel offers tours with private drivers)
  • décor on the old-fashioned side
  • a bit distant from lake's tourist center (although the hotel offers tours with private drivers)
  • far from the tourist center (hotel offers tours with private drivers)
  • restaurant a bit pricey

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
HistoricalViews
Quiet
Near the beach
Local Flavor
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0331-976507

HOTEL DETAILS

14 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Jan.–early Feb., Free breakfast

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