Subject: Agriturismo and hotel review
Hi I'd like to submit two reviews of nice places in Piedmont, Italy I've just been:

Agriturismo Acino d' Oro Via Zana 13 Castelboglione (Asti) phone &fax 0141-762338 A pleasant farm house on the Monferrato hill country, about 25 km south of Asti, surrounded by vineyards. 2,3 and 4-bed rooms with bath, good sized scenic swimming pool, family run restaurant. You can have B&B, half or full board; I chose half board at lire 70,000 (35$) per person and enjoyed a rich breakfast of homemade jellies and cookies and a substantial dinner (daily menu) with many different appetizers, pasta, main courses, wine and dessert (all included). A very good place to relax for a couple days and explore the surroundings, but a little out of main routes to be a long-range trip base. The restaurant is open to the public and it's worth a stop. They don't have a website or e-mail, but they say they can speak English (can't confirm myself) to reply to phone calls or faxes.

Albergo Rigoli & Residence Ortensia Via Piave 48 28831 Baveno (Verbania) phone 0323-924756 fax 0323-925156 website On the shores of Lake Maggiore, in front of the Borromee Isles, this is a 3-star hotel, very comfortable and family run, with its own private tiny sand beach. I stayed at the nearby Residence Ortensia (same owner), a turn-of-the-century villa fully renovated, with one or two bedrooms apartments facing on a quiet garden. The guests can use the hotel beach and have breakfast at the hotel (7$ per person). I rented a two-bedroom apartment, with separate kitchen and bathroom, for lire 200,000 a day (less than100$). Free parking in the yard, remote-controlled gate. This is a really good location for trips on the lake and around. From the house you can walk to the public boat service pier which will take you all around the lake, many restaurants and bar in the town centre.

I'm copying this message to Callie Black for the hotel database. Hope this message will be of some interest for any of you visiting northwestern Italy. Bye Paolo