Lake Maggiore is one of Italy’s most picturesque lakes. It inspired and fascinated many Italian and foreign artists that lived along its shores. Traditionally considered the largest lake of the Prealps (and hence called “Maggiore”), this glacial lake is divided between Switzerland and the Italian regions of Lombardy and Piedmont.
“Verbania, a garden by Lake Maggiore” is the motto with which the town overlooking the Borromean Gulf presents itself to its guests. Gardens and parks are the main tourist attractions in the area, which is beloved by those who seek to combine leisure and natural beauty.
Located on the north-western shore of Lake Maggiore, Cannobio is the last Piemontese town before the border with Switzerland. Do not miss the natural wonder of the gorge of S. Anna, created by the erosion caused by the Cannobino stream.
The Borromean Islands
Lake Maggiore is a place where leisure and calm find their deepest expression. If you are planning a holiday on Lake Maggiore, don’t miss a tour of the Borromean Island (Isola Madre and Isola Bella) as well as the picturesque Isola dei Pescatori. Each island has its own history and peculiarities, and together they are the true gems of Lake Maggiore, both for their unspoilt natural beauty and for their noble history.
The town of Stresa overlooks Lake Maggiore. It is located near the Gulf of the picturesque Borromean Islands. This peculiarity, together with the mild climate and beautiful landscape and architecture make this town one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy.
Castles of Cannero
The castles of Cannero Riviera or of the “Malpaga” seem to rise from the water, only a few kilometres from the town centre. The castles were built on two islets during the Middle Ages and were used by bandits to commit misdemeanours and control trade with nearby Switzerland. The cleanliness of the surrounding waters has been awarded the Blue Flag.
Lake Orta, a jewel surrounded by the green Alps and Piemontese woods, is the quiet younger brother of majestic Lake Maggiore. Its shores are constellated with picturesque towns, ancient villages and lovely harbours that tell of the lives of fishermen, who were once the main inhabitants of Lake Orta.
Caldè Spiaggia delle Fornaci
If you are looking for a beach and prefer the wild, untouched kind, the Parco delle Fornaci, in the small hamlet of Caldè, Castelveccana, is the place to be. After years of hesitation, in 2007 the town of Castelveccana renovated this beautiful stretch of public beach, ensuring clear waters and clean meadows, free of charge, to all those who want to spend a quiet afternoon on Lake Maggiore.