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Lake Maggiore - based in northern Italy - is a huge shimmering stretch of pastel-blue waters, surrounded by charming waterfront towns and bordered by green-washed rocky hills and mountains. This area combines rustic rural life with the idyllic, sun-struck Italian outdoors. Nature enthusiasts can indulge in outdoor activities, from hiking through the forests to kayaking across the calm Lake Maggiore itself. There’s plenty of top heritage sites for history-buffs, too.

Things to see

Begin your bright and balmy Lake Maggiore morning by soaking up some of the area’s top historic sights. Pay a visit to the Rocca Borromeo di Angera, a looming lakeside castle perched on a rocky, tree-studded outcrop. Wander through this 13th century stone-walled marvel and climb the towering turrets, where you’ll enjoy immense lake views. There’s also an eccentric doll museum onsite. Afterwards, catch a boat to the magical Isola Bella - one of a few eden-like islands in the lake - and see the Borromeo Palace. Today, you can tour the ornate rooms and halls of this grand red-roofed palace, and spend a sun-kissed afternoon lounging in its Italianate botanic gardens. Afterwards, island-hop to the nearby Isola Madre and Isola Borromee, 2 other-worldly paradises brimming with quaint cafes and exotic plants. Finally, finish your day with a dip in the pure Lake waters, or hire a kayak and explore the shoreline.

Hotels in Lake Maggiore

The area surrounding Lake Maggiore is so large that it contains hotels suited to a huge range of tastes and budgets. Those looking for an inexpensive, cosy place to bed-down for a few nights should stay in a 2-star hotel - and enjoy free WiFi and complimentary breakfasts. Meanwhile, those after some mid-range accommodation will be happy with the 3-star hotels in Lake Maggiore, which boast relaxed in-house restaurants and handy free parking. For a slice of heavenly luxury, stay in a sublime 4-star hotel, and unwind in the saunas, glistening pools, and ritzy bars.

Where to stay

The towns and cities surrounding Lake Maggiore are diverse, each offering a different atmosphere. For an upper-end resort style setting, stay in Stresa, on the Lake’s western shore. This bustling town brims with flashy hotels and buzzing restaurants - there’s even a small beach. You can catch a ferry to the Lake’s islands from here, too. If you prefer more of an energetic city-vibe, stay in Verbania, at the northern tip of Lake Maggiore, and enjoy a mix of old-world buildings and bouncing bars. Finally, outdoorsy-types might consider staying at the southern end of the Lake, near the national parks.

How to get to Lake Maggiore

To reach the Lake Maggiore area, it’s easiest to catch a flight to Milan Malpensa airport, based just 50 kilometres from Stresa. The airport serves year-round flights from top European destinations, like London, Paris, and Amsterdam, and a few from further afield, like New York and Dubai. If you’re staying in Stresa you can take a bus directly there from the airport - there are 5 services a day. As an alternative, and to reach other areas, hire your own car onsite - the drive to the central Lake Maggiore region should take around 50 minutes. Having a rental car will also be handy to fully explore the area.

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