Lake Maggiore sits up in Italy’s mountainous north, its northern reaches stretching across the border into Switzerland. Peaceful villages and colourfully painted towns hug its shores, looking over the waters towards jagged hills silhouetted by the sun.
It’s a place that exudes old-fashioned elegance, from the belle-époque hotels lining the waterfront in Stresa to the opulent Palazzo Borromeo out on the little island of Isola Bella. Although neighbouring Lake Como is known for attracting the A-list, Lake Maggiore has also welcomed its fair share of famous faces over the years – think Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill and Ernest Hemingway.
The lake’s main town is Stresa, a delightful jumble of gift shops, enotecas (wine bars), trattorias and café-edged piazzas. But its smaller resorts are worth exploring too, such as Baveno (where we stay on our escorted tour) and Verbania (home to the lovely botanical gardens at Villa Taranto).
Why visit Lake Maggiore with Titan?
We visit Lake Maggiore as part of our ‘Reflections of Northern Italy’ tour. It’s a great introduction to the Italian Lakes – we’ll start off in Lake Garda and finish in Lake Maggiore, with a wonderful day on the shores of Lake Como in the middle. We include a private boat trip to the Borromean Islands while we’re in Lake Maggiore, plus a day trip to Switzerland, travelling through photo-worthy mountain scenery on the Centovalli train to Domodossola.
You could also choose to combine a stay on Lake Maggiore with an Azamara cruise around Italy and the Adriatic. We’ll organise your hotel, transfers and excursions in Lake Maggiore, then take you to the ship for a fantastic 7 or 10-night voyage.
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