An Insider’s Guide to Lake Maggiore

Beautiful scenery, mouth-watering foods and a world of new experiences awaited Abbie when she went in search of the charms of Italy’s Lake Maggiore. From the captivating Venetian architecture of the hotels, to the one-of-a-kind excursions, read on for our one-stop guide to this breath-taking area. 


Discover Island Gems

Featuring a palace packed to the brim with rich Italian artwork and intriguing stories to reveal about its royal guests, the island of Isola Bella, one of the Borromean Islands of north Italy’s Lago Maggiore, sits perfectly seperated but easily accessible from the mainland with a whole string of ferries available to run you from the enchanting towns of Stresa, Laveno, Pallanza and Itra to the captivating Italian gardens and quaint fishing village that awaits when you step foot ashore.

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Quintessentially Italian

For those searching for an authentic Italian escape, Stresa, one of the larger towns on the lake, offers an indulgent slice of Italian living with a range of hotels to suite every traveller, all within walking distance of tantalising restaurants and local shops. Spend your time wandering through narrow cobbled streets or take advantage of the abundance of museums and walking towns here for a glimpse of the town’s intriguing past.


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Day Trip in Switzerland

For a truly unique experience, a Rail & Lake Tour to Switzerland is the perfect way to discover the charms of the bordering nation as you enjoy the spectacular Centovalley mountain railway trip, returning by a beautifully leisurely lake cruise. Stop for a spot of coffee  as you soak up the abience in the typically Italian Domodossola’s market square before heading off to Locarno to dine in mouth-watering style or taking in the heart-stopping setting of Ascona’s harbour, one of the many beautiful stopping points on the way back along the lake to Stresa.

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