Lago Maggiore
Lago Maggiore
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The perfect region for your holidays between mountain and lake. Trips, congresses, families, small and big events, culture, outdoor excursions, fun and relaxation in Lago Maggiore, Orta Lake and surroundings.
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Pablo Z
Como, Italy51 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
I expended 2 hours trying to find parking. Finally my wife and my daughter took the boat to visit the isola bella while i continued going around looking for a parking without any success. Worst daily trip ever.
Written 31 October 2022
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy31,966 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
This is the ancient name of this large lake on the north of Italy, it splits Lombardia, Piemonte and Canton Ticino Switzerland.
The climate is mild in both winter and summer , producing Mediterranean climate wonderful for vegetation.
The most beautiful gardens are on the many palaces and ville on its rivers
Written 6 December 2019
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David W
144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
Lake Maggiore is by far the most varied of all the Italian lakes. I have for 12 years some 500m above the lake town of Stresa, and still feel as though I have just arrived. Everyday I take my camera, to try and capture the forever changing moods of the lake. From the bottom of the lake you have the Port of Arona, a town with a seaside feel to it, busy with sailing boats, which can be viewed from the splendid promanade. Excellent shopping, restaurants, and some many venues nearby. it is the home of the lakes ferry terminal so from here you can plan a short tour, or a lake cruise. The drive from Arona to Stresa is stunning passing the medeival castle on the far bank at Angera, its guns protecting Arona port entrance. Noteable twons to visit en route would be Meina, Lesa, and Belgirate. Like all the lake towns, stop and park, because what you see from the road view, is a fraction of the fascinating architecture that lies hidden from the lakes frontage. all a little diiferent, all gems to discover.Stresa is so well written about with its Victorian feel, its elegant gardens, its stunning lakeside promandes,majestic hotels, full of the romance of yesteryear. From Stresa the road north starts to take a more alpine feel, despite the palm trees of this micro climate. Stop a while in Baveno, enchanting an again stroll along its shores on yet anothe fabulous promanade, the whole lake has this feature. It great way to excercise , and suitable for the elderly, the athletic or young families with prams, It appeals to everyone, Next try Feriolo, a pretty town with a small beach, yachts at anchor, and again some excellent eating establishments. camping sites abound here round to Fondo toce, and its wild bird sanctuary, nature trails, and cycle tracks. Continue to Pallansa with its elegant villas, and the famous Villa Taranto and its botanical gardens, then over the river to Intra, once called the Manchester of the Lake because of some earlier industries, but now transformed into a busy working town, a great tourist hub, with some excellent shops, and a fantastic market on a Saturday. Onwards to Ghiffa, and Ronco and the beautiful Sacro Monte, and the stunning lake views. The zone from here up towards cannero and Cannobio is often refered to as the Riviera, because of the gentle climate, and its mediteranean feel. all of this journey can be taken by car, and still only covers a half of the lake. we always recommend to break the lake up into sections, and tryu and visit some of it by ferry, as the beauty and perspective are so different when viewed looking back to shore. If your schedule allows you ideally need around 5 days to fully appreciate the key zones on the lake, not forgetting the backdrop of incredible mountains, providing some of the best walking, or treking in Europe
Written 10 December 2016
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Dunworkin49
Newton Abbot, UK83 contributions
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Sept 2014 • Solo
This is my favourite of all the Italian lakes. There is so much to see and do, from visiting the Borromeo Palaces of Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Angera to the bucket ride up the mountain at Laveno. All the bus, train and ferry services are easy to use for visiting the villages round the lake. Lake Orta is a an hour's bus ride away, or you can take an organised tour. I used Viaggi Tomassucci Travel on the lakefront in Stresa for coach trips to Zermatt, the 3 Lakes and tickets for the Centavalli train ride to Locarno. Barbara, the guide on the coach trips, was a mine of information. Excellent drivers.
Allow plenty of time to enjoy the Borromeo palaces, Isola Bella and Isola Madre, to the full. The palaces are very large and lots to look at. Bella's gardens are amazing. The Rocca Angera at the bottom of the lake is also worth a visit as is St Catherine's Monastery.
Isola Pescatori is full of restaurants in between Bella and Madre. Or you can stay on the island, which I did - wonderful experience.
Malpensa is the nearest airport to the lake and there's an Alibus connection from there - 12 euros each way to Stresa. It took an hour. There are other stops on the lake. It has to be booked online beforehand.
Study the ferry timetables to get maximum value from your tickets (there is a week day seniors rate!). The hydrofoils may be fast, but they are enclosed, so you don't get the views.
Can't wait to go back!
Written 12 October 2014
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Rick K
49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Arrange to take the Lago Maggiore Express. There are two options. We took a 30 minute train from Stresa to Dommodosola where we caught a narrow gauge railway up into and over the mountains to Locarno, Switzerland. Really scenic ride up the mountains and across gorges passing through several small towns along the way. Be advised - prices in Locarno were 2X what they are in Stresa. After exploring Locarno a bit, we caught the 3 hour Lago Magiore Express for a 3 hour boat ride back to Stresa. It's full day and well worth the trip.
Written 10 July 2018
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alistair b
Dundee, UK213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Based in Stresa we had a program of tours by boat and train and what a spectacular lake it is, different to Como and Garda.
Highlights have been the Mottarone cable car and Isola Pescatore (separate reviews).
Still to go on Centovali Express to locarno in Switzerland then back by boat to Stresa and a trip to Lake Orta.
Written 24 September 2019
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Leon M
Biloxi, MS70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We scheduled about 6+ hours (roughly 1000-1630) in Stresa and the islands, which turned out to be just a little short due to an ill-advised trip onward to Pallanza. In that amount of time I would recommend that you stick to Isola Bella and Isola Madre, perhaps with a stop at Baveno if you do not want to eat lunch on the islands.

Each island has a palatial residence and seriously beautiful gardens, each very different from the other, so well worth seeing both. There is going to be significant walking involved, so probably not for the seriously mobility-challenged, though my wife and her cane did fine by taking it at a slower pace.

The hop-on-hop-off ferry ticket is worth it for convenience, IMO. We obtained these from Tomassucci Travel, right across the street from the ferry terminal, with no hassle.

From the Stresa train station to the ferry terminal is about a 1km walk, with one significant change in elevation along the way. I did not see any bakeries, etc. along the way, though there are some sit-down restaurants close to the terminal.

I would definitely recommend this as a Spring-to-Fall day-trip from Milan as long as it is not raining that day. It appears that train tickets from/to Milan can be bought at the last minute, so there is good flexibility in choosing when to go.
Written 11 July 2019
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Radiocrimson
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Even in June, with millions of tourists, the boat service around the lake is terrific. It’s worth getting to the Imbarcadero a bit ahead of time as there are usually a few confused tourists shouting at the ticket sellers in the wrong language. However every imbarcadero has a cafe so having got your biglietti you can sit by the water, drink cappuccino and watch the busy lake life.

Easy to understand and a great experience.
Written 1 July 2018
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Andrew B
Lincoln, UK12,153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
We stayed for 10 days in Stresa, the main town on Lake Maggiore. A really nice town with plenty of opportunities to walk by the lake and a bustling town centre with numerous shops, cafes and restaurants. The hotels here in the main are outwardly impressive but they tend to cater for coach tours and are probably not for the discerning.

Perhaps the public ferries don't operate to as many places as you may like but from Stresa they take you very easily to the three islands of Isola Bella, Pescatori and Madre - overrated in my view but most would probably disagree. The neighbouring town of Baveno is also worth a visit. The truly wonderful botanical gardens at Taranto on the banks of the Lake can be accessed by ferry and to me were one of the highlights of the holiday.

Should you wish to travel further afield, two travel companies in Stresa can take you to Zermatt for the day and also to the Three Lakes of Maggiore, Lugano and Como. Both are long days and involve a lot of time on the coach but are probably worth it. Milan is easily accessible by train from Stresa although you can also do it on a coach tour. Lake Orta is a half day trip from Lake Maggiore and is worth doing.

In summary, a holiday at the very picturesque Lake Maggiore is well worth it - plenty to see and do and we really enjoyed it.
Written 2 August 2016
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antibes
Sydney, Australia779 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
A friend of ours recommended Lake Maggiore and the town of Stresa, and we are very happy to have followed his advice.

Stresa is a lovely town, lively enough to be interesting and charming, without being too busy and touristy, and the tourists who are there are often Italians, so it feels really genuine.

We really enjoyed visiting the 3 islands, and doing the train / boat day trip to Locarno, though we didn't like Locarno itself. No where near as charming as Stresa, and couldn't stroll around as easily, lots of steep streets.

The Sky Bar at Hotel Palma was a great spot for sunset cocktails.

We visited 3 lakes, Maggiore, Garda and Como.

Maggiore was the most charming and historical, Garda was full of life, beaches and beautiful people, and Como was soulless and boring in comparison to the others.
Written 5 September 2015
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