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- Madonna del Sangue -- The Sanctuary at Re
- Mark These Dates!
- Market Towns
- All That Jazz
- Meet The Borromeos
- If You Have Just One Day To Spend In Stresa
- Stresa, d'Incanto
- Intermission 2 -- With Wine
- News Bites -- Little Bits Of News From Stresa
- Stresa Music Festival Update
- Printable Map of Stresa
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It was on the evening of April 29 of that year that one young Giovanni Zucono was playing with others outside the church. The game they were playing was called piodella; it was a game similar to baseball in that a short stick of wood was used to hit an object; in this case, the object was a metal disc, such as a coin, and the goal was to hit it as close as possible to a target. The story goes that this particular time Giovanni lost, and as so often happens with boys, he also lost his temper, and he flung his coin in the face of the Madonna on the wall. From the moment of impact, at the point where it hit, an outpouring of blood came from the wall, and the outpouring didn't stop or subside for the twenty days that followed.
Immediately an altar was built in front of the image. Then, between 1606 and 1628 a church larger and more grand was built around the altar, incorporating the image inside. In 1894, on the 400th anniversary of the miracle, it was decided to build an even grander edifice. Work began in 1922 on the present byzantine-renaissance structure. In 1958 Pope Pius XII awarded the sanctuary with the designation of Basilica Minore.
The fresco is protected inside the sanctuary today. And in a tabernacle behind the altar an ampule of dried blood is preserved. Many scientific tests have been done on it, and the results well documented. And indeed, the residual marks on the fresco have been proven to be blood.
The sanctuary at Re is surprisingly large, and stunningly beautiful. Inside, it is unexpectedly modern, with contemporary, stained glass clerestory windows that reflect colored beams of light down onto the neutrally colored walls and the bright bolts of blue fabric which drape dramatically from the center of the dome, cascading down to the floor.
Each year, to commemorate the miracle of the Madonna del Sangue, a pilgrimage takes place, with the devout walking from Domodossola to the church. You can see it with much less effort, by disembarking the Lago Maggiore Express in Re and stopping to visit for awhile.
Bottom two photos: Dana Kaplan
Stresa Jazz: The interest in jazz here continues to grow. Note these dates, from July 3 to July 14, 2009, during which there will be five outstanding jazz performances in Stresa, at four different locations. Check the website www.stresajazz.it for the entire program and information; tickets are necessary for these performances; they range in price from 10 Euro to 15 Euro.
Solar Challenge: The Lago Maggiore 2009 Solar Challenge takes place over the weekend of July 11 and 12. This fun and very timely event is an international competition for small boats powered with solar clean and reusable energy sources. The boats will be judged based on their speed, agility, endurance, and design. In several of the port cities where the boats stop there will be a variety of other events as well. Here's more information about Solar Challenge.
Fireworks: Child at heart that I am, I love, love, love fireworks. And this is no ordinary fireworks exhibition. This is a series of six different fireworks displays, between July 26 and August 30, 2009, in five different towns surrounding Stresa. Each display is organized by a different fireworks company, representing six of the top from around the world -- China, Venezuela, Australia, Canada, Austria, and Italy will be the featured stars this year. Here's the schedule below... I wish I were in town for all six.
July 26, Sunday; 10 pm; Cascata del Toce
August 1; Saturday; 9:30 pm; Mergozzo
August 8; Saturday; 11 pm; Arona
August 14; Friday; 9:30 pm and 11 pm; Santa Maria Maggiore
August 23; Sunday; 9:30 pm; Omegna
August 30; 9:30 pm; Omegna
But what if you're not going to be in Stresa on a Friday? Don't despair... you don't have to miss out on the market experience. Because a market very similar to this one, even with some of the same vendors, takes place in a town nearby here each day. Vendors need to buy a permit to sell in each town. And with the markets on different days, this gives the vendors the opportunity to sell as many or as few days as they want. Here's the schedule of the market towns and the days they hold their markets:
Sunday -- Cannobio
Monday -- Baveno
Tuesday -- Arona
Wednesday -- Orta San Giulio
Thursday -- Meina and Lesa
Friday -- Stresa
Saturday -- Verbania
Try the samples!
So don't worry if you aren't here on a Friday. There's a market waiting for you every day of the week. Or, even if you are here on a Friday, try another one as well. Perche' no!, Why not!
Hey hey, all you cool cats out there, if you like a swingin' beat, if you're looking for some crazy tunes, then you gotta get over to Lago Maggiore right now, where there are three major Jazz events taking place. Indoors and out, individual jazz musicians and world-famous groups, it's all happening here.
First, today finds four different groups performing in various venues around Stresa, all as part of the New Orleans in Stresa Festival. This festival, in turn, is part of Jazz Ascona, a large jazz festival that takes place in Ascona, on the Swiss side of Lago Maggiore, from June 25 through July 5. These are the bands participating and the locations you'll find them in Stresa today:
Piazza Cadorna, Norbert Susemihi's New Orleans All Stars; 9:30 p.m.
Piazza Marconi; Don Vappie's Jazz Creole; 9:30 p.m.
Piazza Possi; Chicago Stompers; 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.;
Piazza Marconi; Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony; 7:30 p.m.
As part of this festival the Hurricane Jazz Band will be performing on a special jazz cruise tonight, departing from the Baveno imbarcadero at 7:00 p.m. and cruising around the Borromean Islands.
As I said, this week, in Stresa and Lago Maggiore, it really is about All That Jazz...
Top photo courtesy of Jazz Ascona.
It seems that the Borromeo family were aristocrats from San Miniato, in Toscana, since at least the 12th century, when the first known records of them appear. But after having been exiled from that area they headed north to Lago Maggiore, where they quickly established themselves in finance and real estate. They soon became well known in the Arona area, and starting to play an important role in the politics of Milan as well as the Catholic Reformation.
1367 - Probably the first member of the family to come to prominence was Filippo who, backed by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, led the Ghibellines of San Miniato in their revolt against the Florentine Guelphs. Unfortunately Filippo was captured by the Florentines, and beheaded in 1370. His five children had taken refuge in Milan during the fighting.
1446 - The Duke of Milan, Filippo Maria Visconti, to thank the descendants of Filippo for his service and sacrifice, bestowed many gifts and titles to them. Vitaliano Borromeo was made the first Count of Arona in 1446. In 1449 he was also given possession of the Rocca, the large fortress on Lago Maggiore in Angera. For centuries the medieval fortress, and other castles along Lago Maggiore, protected the Borromeans stronghold here.
1538 - Carlo Borromeo is born at Rocca di Angera. He is the son of Gilberto, the Count of Arona, and Margherita de'Medici, who was the sister of Pope Pius IV. At the age of 22, after spending most of his life in an abbey, Carlo became a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He will later go on to become the Archbishop of Milan, and a canonized saint. The giant, climbable statue in Arona, the one locals affectionately call Carlone, Big Carlo, is of him. A good man, Carlo was said to have been. He tried to reform the corruptions in the church, and suffered assassination attempts for this. During an outbreak of plague in 1576, Carlo never attempted to protect himself, ministering to the sick instead, and burying the dead. It was of a fever that he himself died, some years later, in 1584. He was canonized in 1610. That's Carlo to the right, painted by Giovanni Ambrogio.
1600s - While Carlo of course left no heirs, his cousin Federico, and Federico's nephews, especially Carlos lll, began the long line of Borromeos to develop and build on the islands they called Isola Bella, Isola Madre, and Isola dei Pescatori.
1632 - Count Vitaliano Borromeo begins construction on the fantastic palace and gardens on Isola Bella. That's Vitaliano, painted by Saloman Adler, to the right. By that time the palace on Isola Madre was already almost 100 years old. The islands became a destination for nobility and the rich and famous from all over Europe, thanks to Vitaliano.
Wars, castles, Medicis, cardinals, Popes... The Borromeos have been a part of all of it for almost 1000 years. Direct descendents have lived on the island in the Palazzo Borromeo continuously for all this time. And while no longer officially royalty, the Borromeos, and their rich heritage, have left a lasting mark on this area of northern Italy, are such an integral part of Stresa's history, and they have created many of treasures that people come here to visit today. Tuscany's loss was certainly Lago Maggiore's gain.
Let's say that you've arrived early this morning, or perhaps the night before. You're here. This is how we think you should spend this day:
Start with cappuccino. Or a caffe latte. Or a caffe macchiato. Whatever your favorite Italian morning coffee is. Have it at the Gigi Bar, Bravi Bar, or Jolly Bar. Those three places have delicious croissants made fresh on the premises all morning. This is how we want you to get yourself into your Italian mood for the day.
After, walk along the lake to the boat station. If it's early in the day, I'm recommending that you walk to the opposite station from where you are. So if you are near the Carciano station walk along the lake to the Stresa imbarcadero, or vice versa. We don't need to rush, we have all day, the walk is beautiful, and I want you to see it.
Buy the island excursion ticket which grants you access to all three Borromean islands. And in the next hours, we think you should try to at least stop on all three. Although close to each other, and close to Stresa, they are so different. It is a case of the whole being far greater than the sum of their parts.
Isola Bella: The main island, and where you may need the most time. Buy the admission ticket to the Palazzo Borromeo and walk through the self-guided tour. The route through the palace winds through a series of public and private spaces, then down a flight of stairs and into the mysterious grotto, and finally, releases you into the famous and magical gardens. When you've had your fill of peacocks, statues, and ten-tiers of plantings exit the garden and get lost a bit in the medieval village alongside of it. Eat when you want, drink when you want, I'll leave that to you and your appetite.
Isola Madre: This is the largest island of the three. It's also famous for its gardens, especially the collections of azalea, rhodedendrens, camelia, and wisteria. The early sixteenth century villa has been open to the public since the 1700s, and like Isola Bella, don't be surprised to meet a few peacocks, pheasants, and parrots roaming free along the way.
Isola dei Pescatori: Tiny Pescatori, not much more than a collection of houses and narrow alleys, but so charming. You won't need a lot of time here to actually see the island, but I'd like you to be sure to leave some time here to relax and enjoy the island.
It's aperitivo time now. And you know our favorite aperitivo place is Buscion. So stop there, and have Massimo suggest something for you. Stroll over to Piazza Cadorna, and cool down with a gelato.
I hope now you'd still have the night to spend here. But even if not, we feel you'll be extremely pleased, maybe a bit tired as well, but very pleased, with what you've seen in your one, first, perfect day in Stresa. And we sincerely hope that it will be the first of many.
But if you are fortunate enough to have more time, take a look at the Top Ten list of things to do in Stresa.
Stresa d'Incanto, with images by Verbanese photographer Claudio Fogli, and written by Gisela Motta, of Stresa, is the latest book in a series by Alberti publishers entitled "Verbano Illustrated." Twenty four years after the debut of the series, and with this, the twenty sixth installation, finally a book that is devoted only to Stresa, its villages, and its islands. Recognizing the international nature and appeal of this location, the text of the book has been translated into four languages, Italian, English, French, and German, but the photographs, instead, they speak only one language, the language of the landscape.
Beginning from the lake, at its center, the islands, the book then moves the reader on a journey to the shoreline, exalting in the lavish architecture of the hotels, then rising again, to the Villa Pallavicino, with its gardens and small zoo, then rising again to the wonders of the Giardino Botanico Alpinia.
And at the summit, the flowering fullness of the summer makes way to the immaculate whiteness of the snows atop Mt. Mottarone in the winter, which contrast so beautifully with the blues of the lake below. In between the lake and the summit, there are numerous references to the villages, the monuments, and the many mentions of the philosopher Rosmini and the nobility which are such a part of Stresa's history.
In these 199 pages, Stresa and her villages are given their worthy turn in the limelight. The book will be presented officially to the authorities and the citizens of Stresa on Friday, June 19, and then, it will be available for all of us. I plan to have one of the first copies... How about you?
So much attention is given in our beautiful region to the wines of the Langhe - Barbaresco, Barolo, Nebbiolo and more - that it seems all the other Piemontese wineries fall into its shadow. Realistically, the wines of the Langhe are among the most expensive and some of the most balanced and structured wines in the world, and deserve the respect and attention (if not always the price tag) which they receive.
Tre Belle Cose - Three Distinctly Different Vineyards in Southwestern PiemonteSo much attention is given in our beautiful region to the wines of the Langhe - Barbaresco, Barolo, Nebbiolo and more - that it seems all the other Piemontese wineries fall into its shadow. Realistically, the wines of the Langhe are among the most expensive and some of the most balanced and structured wines in the world, and deserve the respect and attention (if not always the price tag) which they receive.
But to pursue the wines of the Langhe and pay no attention to the wines of the neighboring regions is to shortchange Piemontese wine in general. Italian wines from all regions have made tremendous strides in production quality over the last two decades. Organic growing techniques, more patience with the maturation process, and slower fermentation have raised the overall quality found at both small and large producers. Nowhere is this truer as in the regions of the Monferrato, the Roero and the Colline Tortonese, which have grown strong and stable in the shadow of the Langhe.
We have visited many wineries over our years in Piemonte. We go back to some; we forget quickly that others exist. Here I have outlined three classic Piemontese wineries. I have chosen them for the fact that they all differ, they are all owner operated by three very distinct characters, and they all produce the finest wines of their particular genre.
Andrea Mutti - Le Colline TortoneseLocation: San Ruffino 49 Sarezzano
Telephone: 0131 884119
Andrea's wife Adrina speaks English well.
Producer of Cortese, Savignon Blanc, Cabernet, Dolcetto, Barbera and Timmorasso
A couple of years back, my friend, the award winning chef and cook book author Gina DePalma, and I were chatting it up on the phone about wine, when she told me, "Oh, by the way, we had a tasting at the restaurant the other night. There was a fabulous wine - from your area - a white." I assumed it had to be a Roero Arneis, the straw colored, richly textured white wine from the Roero, the region across the river from the Langhe.
She said, "Nope. This one is from around Tortona and hardly anybody makes it. It's called Timorasso." I could not believe that I had to hear about a Piemontese wine from a dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker, although she is an Italy expert. I ran up to Alessandria and found a bottle of Walter Massa Timorasso 2005 Derthona. Derthona, the enoteca owner told me, is the ancient spelling of Tortona. He also explained the small growing area for the Timorasso grape and that it had gone forgotten for many years, with no one even trying to make a vintage out of it until Massa had rekindled the interest in the old grape and planted a section of his 17 hectares.
I gulped at the price - €23 - and brought the bottle home.
Of course Gina was right. This is a complex white, with absolutely no need to ever see the inside of a barrel. Layers upon layers, the golden flavor of Gewürztraminer coupled with the grassy freshness of a Gavi. Fruity. Balanced acids. But still, it was hard to justify the price.
Fast forward two years. Our friends Peter and Marsha Clifford, who own a home in Umbria, have become regular visitors to the Monferrato. One of their local restaurant friends in Citta Civitella recommended a couple of wineries up our way, one being a Timorasso specialist in the Tortonese region. His name is Andrea Mutti, and we ended up going together to visit him.
The Colline Tortonese borders Lombardia to the north and to the west, and Monferrato to the east. Bucolic, pristine, and without a tourist in site, a person could literally be rendered speechless by the beauty of the area. It was out of Tortona that we drove in a southwesterly direction to the town of Sarezzano, a sleepy hilltop community with beautiful views all around. Andrea Mutti's thirty acres consist of vineyard, woodland and orchards where he and his wife grow "Pesca del Volpedo," a prestigious peach type, which is a specialty of the region.
After listening to Andrea's delightful summary of the history of the area, complete with stories about the Spanish Occupation, the local bandits and how Napoleon saved the day, we sampled his wines. His Timorasso was as good, if not better, than Massa's.
Andrea explained that growing the Timorasso grape is very easy - as long as it is grown in the correct terrior. The more complex a wine, the more structure it has, the more specific is the growing area. Timorasso differs from, say, a Muller Turgau in so far that it is a much more complex wine, and is highly dependent on the earth structure in the valley where it comes from. The simpler the wine, the less specific the growing area needs to be. This is a plus and a minus for Timorasso, as its quantities will always be limited to those produced by only a handful of producers in these hills. Mutti produces approximately 4,000 bottles a year.
Mutti Timorasso Derthona 2007 retails for between 10 and 14 euros.
Azienda Agricola St. Ubaldo
Regione Botti 26 15011 Moirano - Acqui Terme
Telephone 0144 311 546
Italian only Producer of: Dolcetto d'Acqui DOC, Dolcetto Superiore, Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Amista (Dolcetto/Brachetto blend), Brachetto Secco, Albarossa
Here in Acqui Terme, we have two wines which define our specific area. One is Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, which traditionally is a lightly sweet, highly floral dessert wine, rose in color. The other is Dolcetto d'Acqui DOC, on of the five designate growing areas for this (despite its name) moderately dry, fairly high tannin red wine, which has come into its own over the past five years.
Our very favorite producer of both is Domenico Botto, who lives and works on his hill above Acqui Terme. His nine acres form an amphitheater like bowl below his home and wine cellar, and anyone we have taken there is in awe of the panorama.
Arriving at St. Ubaldo is like arriving at a secret haven. The gate opens, and you are greeted by one of the friendliest, most genuine people you can imagine. If the weather is nice, you can walk in the vineyards and sometimes even taste the cherries and peaches and figs along the way.
At St. Ubaldo, you taste wines in Domenico's living room and you share your salami with his 11 year old mutt, Kika. It is a personal, wonderful experience. Afterwards, everyone heads downstairs into the wine cellar for a barrel tasting.
The Acqui Terme appellation for Dolcetto is known to be the lightest in the group. All of the other four (Asti, Alba, Doglani, Ovada) are known for bigger tannins, deeper cherry tones and higher alcohol content. But because Domenico exercises patience in the harvesting process (waiting to absolute full maturation), in the fermentation process (slow) and in the aging process (he waits a full year to put anything in the bottle, six months longer than the appellation requires), he produces one of the fullest Dolcetti in the Acqui appellation - with a 13 percent alcohol content, a robust, berried fruit flavor. He also makes a barrique aged Dolcetto Superiore (unusual for the already high-tannin Dolcetto but definitely rounds out the wine).
His Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, lightly frizzante, full of peach and rose petals, has received the best in its class at VinItaly and has to be tried to be appreciated.
St. Ubaldo is a certified organic producer and employs no full time help. Domenico does it all himself.
Forteto della Luja
World Wildlife Federation Oasis
Regione Candelette 4
Telephone: 0141 831596
English is spoken
Producer of Barbera, Monferrato Rosso, Brachetto Passito and Moscato Passito
I cannot complete a summary of three wineries without including one Barbera d'Asti producer. This wine, which gets relatively little international attention compared to its Barbera d'Alba counterpart, deserves far more, as far as we are concerned. I have chosen to highlight a winery I have written about before, a winery that is representative of all that is good about this region. It is also a winery whose bottles have made it into places like Joe Bastianich's Italian Wine Merchants in New York, which, for a small organic producer, is a very big thing indeed.
One arrives at the Forteto not quite knowing what to expect. Down the gravel road, one comes to the first building, which is a bit hidden and topped with photovoltaic solar panels. Around the curve, you arrive at the main house.
A few minutes later, you can see it - you have arrived on the fine line which divides the Monferrato from the Langhe. From the property, you can see Barbaresco's famous tower to the left, and to the right, in the distance, is the city of Alessandria and the start of the Padano Plains.
Giovanni showed us the views and the steep, mountainous vineyards from every perspective, and explained the ecosystem, the importance of the sea winds and the moisture for the grapes, the significance of having vineyards surrounded by woods for organic farmers (birds live in the woods, and birds eat the insects), and explained the microclimate up here in the mountains around Loazzolo.
The photovoltaic panels on the first building, we learned, are to power one of two presses. The first press is an old manual one, over a hundred years old. It is only powered by human muscle. The other, a modern press, is powered by the panels.
Moscato Passito is a wine pressed from dried Moscato Grapes. The fermentation process takes up to two years. The result is an exquisite passito for which Loazzolo holds the DOC. By the way Loazzolo is the smallest village in Italy to have a DOC. And it is for this Moscato Passito. This is a very rich, smooth sweet wine, with an alcohol percentage of between 11.5 and 12.
Loazzolo is part of the Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG growing region. The DOCG, however, is only for the sparkling version of Brachetto, which has only been produced since World War II. Before that time, the area only produced Brachetto Passito, and this is the only Brachetto which the Forteto makes. It is pressed from dried Brachetto grapes in a similar process to the Moscato Passito. The result is a completely different sweet wine than the Moscato Passito, more amber in color and extremely fruity.
Forteto della Luja's version of Barbera (Mon Ross), a clean classic, is one of our favorites that we have found to date. It is a straight forward wine, and can be drunk with every course, from antipasto through to the end of the meal. It was this wine which first got our attention and brought us to the Forteto in the first place. The wine is aged in steel and passes briefly through oak casks before being bottled and sold in the fall of the following season.
Le Grive is the Forteto's blend of Barbera and Pino Noir. The two grapes are complimentary. The Barbera, relatively high in acid and low in tannin, receives the Pinot Noir's low acidity and high tannin content well. The rich color of the Barbera compensates for the Pinot Noir's less full color. The wine is aged for two years in oak and for six months in the bottle. The blend is wine which is best enjoyed with a hearty meat-based main course.
Stepping out of the Langhe region can only enhance and expand your ideas on Piemonte wine and you will not go wrong with any of these three producers.
Many musical events scheduled in Stresa... Here are some highlights.
Jazz is back. Cafe Bar la Verbanella, located right on the lungolago across from the Regina Palace Hotel, has brought back for another year their very successful Thursday Jazz Evenings. Each Thursday, from now through September, a different jazz band or artist will entertain. June's performers are listed here.
If you prefer classical, Friday, June 19th, at the Hotel des Iles Borromees, as part of the Festival Internazionale Associazione Musicale Dino Ciani Concerti, Mendelsohn's Variations will be performed in the Sala Minerva. This concert is also part of an ongoing summer series, for a look at the schedule, click here.
The XIX Festival Organistico Internazionale is also taking place now; five organ concerts by five different masters, all at Chiesa Santi Ambrogio e Theodulo in Stresa. This week's performance, Sunday evening at 9:30 PM, features Rubin K. Abdullin, from Russia.
How about a different kind of sound now? This Sunday, June 14, you'll be able to hear the roar of dozens of automobiles that are taking part in the 45th annual Rally Valli Ossolane. Twice during the day the cars will race for time up and down the winding mountain roads that lead from Stresa through it's frazione, villages, Levo, Carciano, and Someraro. Very exciting, certainly, but better to watch from a safe spot, and plan your day around not needing a car, as roads in and out of town will be closed for some time. What sort of rally is this? Take a look at this moment from the 2007 race for an idea:
Let's end on a quiet, peaceful, note. Get away from it all at the Giardino Botanico Alpinia this Sunday, where there will be special demonstrations on how to construct a bird feeder and artificial nests, as well as guided walks through the gardens trails.
Here is the schedule of August Music Meditations performances:
MUSICAL MEDITATIONS - August
Saturday, August 1 - 8:30 pm
Hermitage Santa Caterina del
Sasso – Leggiuno
SUITE FOR CELLO SOLO
Colin Carr, cello
Euro 50 + Euro 10 reservation fee per person
Sunday, August 2 - 8:30 pm
Hermitage Santa Caterina del Sasso – Leggiuno
SUITE FOR CELLO SOLO
Colin Carr, cello
Euro 50 + Euro 10 reservation fee per person
Tuesday, August 4 – 8:30 pm
Chiesa Madonna di Campagna – Verbania
G. Machaut, Messe de Nôtre Dame
Ensemble Gilles Binchois
Euro 25 + Euro 10 reservation fee per person
Saturday, August 8 – 8:30 pm
Chiesa Vecchia – Belgirate
Euro 25 + Euro 10 reservation fee per person
Sunday, August 9 – 6.00 p.m.
Sacro Monte della SS. Trinità – Ghiffa
L. Luzzaschi, Il concerto delle dame
Ensemble La Venexiana
Claudio Cavina, conductor
Euro 25 + Euro 10 reservation fee per person
For some sense of scale, from the zoo on the western side of Stresa to the Carciano imbarcadero and the cableway on the eastern side of Stresa is a distance of about one mile (1.6 kilometers).
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