In an area like this, where nature and the landscape are the key players, opportunities for outdoor activities which allow you to experience a deep relationship with the surrounding environment, dedicating yourself to your favourite sport or experimenting with a new, regenerating experience, are a must.


The region features a multitude of trails suited to all ages and preparation levels, from the countryside and hills to the highest mountains....Continue Several possibilities are available if you love being surrounded by nature while taking simple walks or challenging climbs to high altitudes, all the while being surrounded by enchanting scenic views. Just outside the hotel our guests can choose one of fifteen trails that lead in opposite directions, either to the shores of Lake Orta or through thick woods that lead to Lake Maggiore, or an approximately 1000m climb to reach the scenic summit of Mount Mottarone.
Whether they belong to guests or are hired at the hotel, bicycles are the best way to visit the lake area and explore the region thoroughly....Continue Since it is a peaceful area, the roads are never too busy, but if you prefer mountain biking, numerous trails will plunge you into a peaceful and natural environment. There is also an enjoyable trail from Stresa, which takes cyclists to the top of Mount Mottarone by cable car, then back to Stresa, up and down exhilaratingly steep tracks. This is a truly exciting experience with height differences of over 1300 metres. Hotel Cortese is an excellent choice for cycling holidays.
Water sports
If you’d like to experience something more than a dive and a swim in the peaceful waters...Continue of the lakes or the wilder waters of the streams, you can choose from a wide range of activities such as sailing, water-biking, water-skiing, canoeing, kayaking, diving, rafting and canyoning.
Well-managed riding stables lie close to the hotel, with at least two other excellent facilities nearby....Continue They offer courses for beginners (ponies for children) or horse rides for expert riders on the many trails that cross the surrounding woods and hills. The proximity of these horse riding facilities and the beauty of the countryside make the Hotel Cortese ideal for those who enjoy horseback riding.
In a region so rich in mountains you simply cannot miss the opportunity for downhill skiing, cross-country skiing or ski mountaineering. ...Continue The ski slopes on Mount Mottarone are so close and easy to reach that they are the best and most convenient option for our guests. Mount Mottarone’s ski facilities include approximately 20 km of slopes with seven ski lifts to accommodate all skiing levels. What makes this resort so special is surely its unique scenery: put your snowshoes on and take a walk on the snow or go sledging to get a breath taking view of it all.
Rock-climbing enthusiasts can choose from several possibilities, especially in the northern part of the region. ...Continue Nearby, Mount Mottarone offers a further outdoor sports opportunity, with two natural rock-climbing walls, equipped for different rock-climbing levels of expertise. There’s also the possibility to book lessons with an expert Alpine guide.
Hang gliding and paragliding
Various clubs offer the possibility of gliding with an instructor, an adventurous thrill that will allow you to appreciate the fascinating area of the lakes even more....Continue They organise absolute beginner courses and jumps from the summit and sides of Mount Mottarone.
There is a synthetic tennis court in Armeno and several other possibilities nearby,...Continue including clay tennis courts and covered courts for use during the cold season. Individual classes with a teacher can be organised on request.
Motocross & go-karting
For ‘petrol heads’, there are motocross tracks in Armeno and Maggiora...Continue (which also hosts some world championships), as well as indoor and outdoor go-karting tracks.

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It's strange to find such a high quality hotel in such small hillside village - it would not be out of place in Milan itself! It has some really nice "lounge" areas on the ground floor which is useful, as the room itself was not huge, though perfectly adequate, very newly redecorated and very comfor...
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- 22-10-2018
I cannot say enough about the Hotel Cortese! I have stayed at hundreds of hotels in my life but very few have exhibited the class that i witnessed here. Great service, a wonderful room, excellent experience. Mario at the bar was a gem. Marco at the front desk helped us download a local hiking app a...
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- 01-10-2018
Lovely gardens, terrace and swimming pool. Spacious Junior Suite. All staf are excellent - profesional and friendly, especially in the restaurant where they are very knowledgeable about the menu and wide choise of wines. Our evening meal was excellent and the best of our three week tour of Italy. Tr...
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- 23-09-2018
We couldn't find a room on the lake as it was too busy, so we kept driving and found this beautiful 4 stars, just minutes away from the main roads... very well done, nice pool and clean rooms, staff very available and helpful...great food at the restaurant... we have extended our stay...as it was wo...
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- 22-08-2018
Hotel Cortese is a nice hotel, all you need is there so basically you have no reasons to leave the area. If you enjoy walking, hiking, biking I'd definitely recommend this place. The views in the area are very beautiful. So calming- so relaxing. Also, the pool was nice :). There aren't that many res...
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- 21-08-2018
Fantastic relaxing time after a hard day walk from Mottarone to Armeno. Helpful friendly staff, great food and clean comfy rooms. Wished we could stay longer but we had to walk on to Orta the next day....
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- 16-08-2018
Quiet location very clean hotel rooms were very well furnished. Staff very friendly and helpful. The grounds are very pleasant great pool. We had B&B which was always good? Yes! Would I go back there? Yes I would....
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- 15-08-2018
We really enjoyed our stay at the Hotel. The staff were exceptionally helpful and really made our stay an enjoyable one....
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- 30-07-2018
We had an excellent stay in june 2018: nice room, friendly staff, very good meals and bar,nice restaurant and garden( space ...), good advice, car park, good location......
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- 18-07-2018
A real surprise to find this. A lovely hotel and the staff were very helpful. We had a problem in our room - of our making - and they sorted us out immediately. Good wine list and food, fabulous pool and the room was immaculate....
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- 13-07-2018
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Isola San Giulio dans le lac d'Orta
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