13th IEEE European Test Symposium
Verbania, ITALY, May 25-29, 2008

 
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  ETS'08 - Social Event  
 
The Social Event will take place on Tuesday 27th, starting at 16:00.
 
Lago Maggiore
 
Lago Maggiore is one of the most charming places in Northern Italy, and the ETS’08 social event will let you taste the flavours of the history and the good life that mix together in the neighbourhood of Pallanza. Starting from Pallanza, we will cruise on the lake with the typical boats servicing visitors travelling on Lago Maggiore. The captains of our boats will guide us to three of the most attractive places on the lake: hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, Isola Bella, and Isola dei Pescatori.
 
The peculiar fascination of the hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso is due to the astonishing position on a rocky overhang, in one of the deepest points of the Lago Maggiore.
Eremo di Santa Caterina
Santa Caterina del Sasso
The hermitage is formed by three different buildings dating from the XIII-XIV centuries. A legend tells that it was originated by a previous chapel dedicated to S. Caterina from Alessandria, which was erected in 1100 thanks to the intercession of the Saint herself by Alberto Besozzi of Arolo, a rich businessman who outlived from a downfall and therefore retired in that place as an eremite.
Today the complex is made up of different buildings, juxtaposed in the gothic and Renaissance periods, linked through hanging balconies: the S. Caterina of Alessandria chapel, the church of S. Maria Nova, the church of S. Nicola (XIV C), the bell tower (XI C).
Isola Bella is one of the Borromean Islands of Lago Maggiore. Isola Bella is 320 meters long by 400 meters wide and is entirely occupied by the Palazzo Borromeo and its Italian garden. Until 1632 the island was occupied by a tiny fishing village: but that year Carlo III of the influential House of Borromeo began the construction of a palazzo dedicated to his wife, Isabella D'Adda, from whom the island takes its name.
Isola Bella
Isola Bella
The works continued for decades since then, and both the palace and the garden were finally inaugurated in 1671. The island achieved its highest level of social success during the period of Gilberto V Borromeo (1751 – 1837) when guests included Edward Gibbon, Napoleon and his wife Joséphine de Beauharnais, and Caroline of Brunswick, the Princess of Wales.
Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island) is the most northerly of the three principal Borromean Islands and, with a population of about 50, it is the only one to be inhabited all year round. Unlike Isola Bella and Isola Madre, the island no longer belongs to the Borromeo family. A narrow street running along its spine is joined by cobbled alleys to the promenade which encircles the island. The promenade is frequently flooded and the houses built against it are constructed to allow for this. While the traditional occupation of fishing still exists—local restaurants providing a ready market for the fish—tourism has become central to the economic life of the island as its picturesque charms have made Isola dei Pescatori a popular destination.
Isola dei Pescatori
Isola dei Pescatori
On the island we will enjoy a typical dinner at the Hotel Verbano.
This small and romantic house will welcome us for a peaceful stay, rocked by the sweet atmosphere of the lake, plunged in a world that seems unreal, almost magic at the break of day, when the lapping of the waves of the lake is light and constant like an ancient lullaby.
 

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