Lake Maggiore at a glance
The most westerly of the Italian Lakes, Lake Maggiore extends for 68 kilometres passing through alpine mountains, rolling foothills and the plain of Lombardy. Its mild Mediterranean climate enables tropical plants to grow year around and its lakeside resort towns boast a number of beautiful gardens.
Many villages and towns call Lake Maggiore home and each has their own unique attractions and atmosphere. Stresa, a popular destination on the western shore, has a special allure, attracting both royalty and celebrities alike to its picturesque setting. A perfect base for exploring the other towns of the lake, Stresa boasts incredible botanical gardens, charming historic sites and a popular fresh produce market.
Aside from the many lakeside villages, there are also a collection of islands on Lake Maggiore. Just a short boat ride away, the Borromean Islands offer enchanting English style gardens, grand luxurious palaces and a traditional fishing village to explore.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- Picturesque setting
- A peaceful short break
- Historic attractions
Transportation on and around Lake Maggiore consists of a variety of boats and ferries.
The Lake Maggiore express train offers an excursion around the lake where it stops at different towns along the way. A boat service, included with a train ticket, stops at the Borromean Islands.
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Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Lake Maggiore designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:
- All travel and transfers on days of your choice
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of Lake Maggiore hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
- Important information
Languages Italian Currency Euro Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
- Average temperatures
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- Interesting facts
Don't miss the Largo San Salvatore, built by monks in AD 10000. The chapels at the site of the church contain frescos, some dating back to the 15th century.
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- Distance from airports
Milan Malpensa 56 km