Originally a tavern when it opened its doors back in 1865, the Belvedere is now a stylish hotel with stunning views over the banks of Lake Maggiore in the peaceful setting of Ranco, a tiny gem of a town on the Lombard side of the lake.
The Belvedere is run by the Merzagora family who take great care to provide a friendly service and actively ensure guests enjoy the perfect holiday. At the Belvedere you will find all the comforts and services you expect from a bike hotel and also the exclusive opportunity to master the secrets and techniques of fishing on the lake. And, If you are here on business, we have a fully-equipped convention room that can accommodate forty people.
Its location offers the ideal starting point for your trips on Lake Maggiore and exploring the magnificent surrounding countryside, from the Alps and the verdant hills steeped in history and culture to the characteristic lakeside villages and famous, picturesque Borromean islands.
The Belvedere is also a celebrated restaurant. Our dishes have a local flavour and we try to offer our guests a ‘taste of the lakes’ complemented by seasonal fare. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming in the winter, while dining on the terrace with panoramic views over the lake guarantees a unique, absolutely magical experience in the summer.
We love Lake Maggiore and look forward to showing you all it has to offer.
The history of the Belvedere dates back almost 150 years: it started life as a traditional tavern offering sustenance to fishermen after a day’s fishing out on Lake Maggiore, and to the first pioneering tourists who cycled to Ranco from Varese, Gallarate and Busto Arsizio. Over the years the tavern became an inn, a restaurant and then the hotel it is today.
The Belvedere still retains all these characteristics, keeping history and traditions alive and combining these values with modern-day demands for exceptionally high standards of hospitality.
The authenticity, warmth and courtesy you expect of a family-run hotel have not changed since 1865, but the quality of the service is undeniably 21st century. We strive to anticipate and exceed our guests’ expectations so they leave completely satisfied they found everything they were looking for.
At the Belvedere, we pride ourselves on providing genuine hospitality.