Travel & Leisure just gave La Capuccina a rave review for budget accommodations (Best of the Lakes Region), so when we wanted to visit that area, we had to give it a try, and boy are we glad we did! La Capuccina is a beautiful "Agritursmo" working farm and hotel, run by a lovely husband and wife team, Gianluca and Raffaella. Luca was in the textile business, but realized his heart was with his family and the slow food movement, not his long working hours, so he chucked his corporate job and spend years lovingly restoring a family farm 10 minutes from Lake Orta and 15 minutes from Lake Maggiore. The result is a perfect combination of working farm and contemporary hotel set in the country but so close to everything you could want in an Italian country vacation. Virtually ALL of the food you will eat at there comes from the farm. For breakfast every morning, you get treated to fresh cheese,delicious hand made salami, fresh baked goods, just picked fruits, fresh squeezed orange juice, cereals, yogurts, and great coffee. And, each morning you breakfast is completely DIFFERENT - so if you stay there for a few days, you'll never get bored. You eat breakfast on the terrace under an enormous wisteria overhang, and feel like an Italian count. Rafaella and Luca are the perfect hosts, who are extremely helpful in pointing you in the right direction for your day on the lakes, and tell you about great local restaurants to sample.
You really feel like you are staying at someone's home - one morning I was sitting in their cozy outdoor living room prior to breakfast reading the paper, and Rafaella surprised me with a steaming pot of espresso. It's those little gestures that make all the difference.
A perfect place to bring kids . . we really enjoyed visiting the barn where you can pet enormous black cows, goats, ducks and chickens. The extensive vegetable garden is also a sigh to be seen. Each day as I returned from my morning walk, I witnessed one of the farm hands picking the blueberries to be used in the dessert for the evening's dinner guests. Speaking of dinner, if you are lucky enough to be at La Capuccina on Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, you must treat yourself to their 7 course dinner for 33 EU. Do yourself a favor, tell them to take the home-baked bread away, because not only is each course more delicious than the next, the portions are huge, and if you fill up on bread you will just be sorry! Luca taught himself how to cook, and he uses all of the fresh ingredients from the farm to create a masterful meal. In addition, his wine collection is almost exclusively of local vintage, and he only charges what you would pay if you bought the bottle directly from the vintner, to encourage diners to sample the local wines. I've visited Italy 4 times and stayed in many wonderful places, and I wouldn't hesitate to return to La Capuccina!
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