376 Route 91. L1INO Lago
the new road from Locarno to Pallanza. In the angle lies
Ascunit, with a chateau and a seminary for prie>ts; then Ronco,
higher up the bank. Passing two small islands, the steamer
next reaches Brissago (*Albergo Antico), a delightful spot, with
picturesque white houses conspicuous from a great distance, and
an avenue of cypresses leading to the church. The slopes above
the village are covered with fig-trees, olives, and pomegranates;
even the myrtle flourishes in the open air. On a green plateau
on the opposite bank lies Pino. S. Agiita and Canobhio
(*Albergo del Bissone) are the first Italian villages. The latter.
one of the oldest and most prosperous on the lake, lies at the
entrance of the Val Canobbino, and is overshadowed by richly-
wooded mountains. About 1'/'2 ^- llP the. Val Canobbino
(pleasant walk) lies the hydropathic establishment of La Salute
(pension 8 fr.); omnibus at the pier.
The boat now steers for the E. hank and touches at the
village of Maccagno, which consists of two parts, the Superiore,
and Inferiore. Then Luino (*Hotel du Simplon; Vittoria; Posta.
R. '2, L. and A. 1 fr.), with the Palazzo Grirelli surrounded
by pines, the station for Lugano (p. 3S4), a favourite summer
resort on account of its beautiful situation and environs. About
'/•>M. to the S., at the mouth of the Tresa. is situated Germig-
naga, with the extensive silk-spinning (rilanda) and winding
(filatoja) factories of Cesare liozotti and Co. of Milan. On
the W. bank rise two grotesque-looking castles (Castelli di Can-
nero), half in ruins, the property of Count Porromeo. In the
15th cent, they harboured the five brothers Mazzarda, notorious
brigands, the terror of the district. Cannero is beautifully
situated in the midst of vineyards and olive-groves, which extend
far up the slopes. The W. bank is clothed with the richest
vegetation, and studded with innumerable white houses and a
succession of picturesque villages.
The small villages of Oggebbio and Ghiffa on the W. bank,
and Porto Valtraraglia on the K. bank, where the steamers do
not always touch, are next passed. In a wooded bay beyond
the last named lies ('aide, with the ancient tower of the Castello
di (aide on an eminence. Then Laveno (*Posta; Moro; Stella).
a village of some importance, beautifully situated in a bay at the
mouth of the Boe.tio. formerly a fortified harbour for the Austrian
gunboats (opposite to it a dismantled fort). The most beautiful
mountain on the lake is D Sasso del Ferro (fi!US'), which rises
behind Laveno, and commands a magnificent view of the lake
and of the snow-peaks of the Monte Rosa chain. — Omnibus
daily at 7 a.m. by Varese to Como, see p. 301.
As the boat approaches Intra, a rotunda with a statue, be¬
longing to the Villa I'rinu. becomes visible. The valley, which
here opens to the W., suddenly disc loses a strikingly picturesque