During the Belle Epoque, the Grand Hotel Victoria in Menaggio hosted well-to-do English, German and Russian families travelling from the Engadin trailed by huge trunks, loads of luggage, hat boxes and the promise of an unforgettable holiday.
Sumptuous staircases, chandeliers and halls adorned with stucco and gilded friezes testify to the splendour of the Art Nouveau style. Today, the irresistible charm that has endured for over a century has a new look, thanks to an attentive renovation that has conferred contemporary form and function to the majesty of materials from times of yore.
The historic rowing regattas have been substituted for other water sports such as sailing and windsurfing. Nearby, fun can be had playing miniature golf, completing the 18 holes of the Golf Menaggio & Cadenabbia or spending an evening at the Casino.