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Hotel Villa Mon Toc
Hotel Villa Mon Toc

Viale Duchessa di Genova, 69, Stresa 28838

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3.4 out of 5 (21 reviews)

Situated in Stresa, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Congressi Palace and Borromeo Plaza. Sapori d'Italia, Lago …

£81
Regina Palace Hotel
Regina Palace Hotel

Corso Umberto I, 29, Stresa 28838

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4.3 out of 5 (409 reviews)

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Villa Ducale and Borromeo Plaza. Stresa Ferry Terminal and …

£127
City Hotel Varese
City Hotel Varese

Via Medaglie D'Oro 35, Varese 21100

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3.6 out of 5 (99 reviews)

Located in the heart of Varese, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Castiglione Olona, Church of San Giuseppe, and …

£64
La Fontana
La Fontana

Via Sempione Nord, 1, Stresa 28838

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (105 reviews)

Located in the heart of Stresa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Villa La Palazzola and Borromeo Plaza. Carciano …

£76
Atlantic
Atlantic

Corso Republica 124, Arona 28041

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3.5 out of 5 (19 reviews)

Situated in Arona, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arona Ferry Terminal, Arona City Hall, and San Graziano Church …

£81
Spagna
Spagna

Via San Carlo 8, Arona 28041

2.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (13 reviews)

Located in the heart of Arona, this hotel is steps from Arona City Hall, San Graziano Church, and Arteadarona. Villa Ponti …

£62
Hotel Meeting
Hotel Meeting

Via Bonghi 9, Stresa 28838

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (46 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Congressi Palace and Borromeo Plaza. Sapori …

£68
Hotel Giardino
Hotel Giardino

Corso Repubblica, 1, Arona 28041

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (48 reviews)

Located in the heart of Arona, this hotel is steps from Arona Ferry Terminal, San Graziano Church, and Arona City Hall. Santa …

£69
Europalace Hotel
Europalace Hotel

Viale delle Magnolie 16, Verbania 28922

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (76 reviews)

Located in the heart of Verbania, this hotel is steps from San Leonardo Church and Isola Bella Botanical Garden. Villa …

£68
Hotel Capolago
Hotel Capolago

via Per Bodio, 74, Varese 21100

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (186 reviews)

Situated in Varese, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Le Cappelle, Lake Varese bicycle trail, and Villa Recalcati …

£61
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Pocket Guide: Lake Maggiore

The incredible beauty of Lake Maggiore and the other Italian Lakes has inspired poets and composers for centuries. Long and thin, Lake Maggiore straddles the regions of Piedmont and Lombardy before creeping into Switzerland. Its allure is seductive, with deep blue waters bordered by elegant lakeside promenades and shadowed by vivid green hills. In the old days, it was the first taste of Italy for travellers coming over the Alps – and still today it’s an unforgettable experience.

Delightfully old-fashioned lakeside resorts recall an earlier, more tranquil time. The town of Stresa was a stop on the old Orient Express, and its genteel charms include flower-filled waterside promenades and beautiful lake views.

Where to Stay in Lake Maggiore

Get a taste of old-world Italy by staying in a lakeside villa or one of the grand palace hotels in resorts such as Stresa and Verbania. Or you can stay in a simpler, family-run hotel that offers wonderful views of Lake Maggiore from its balconies. Pamper yourself with a stay in a spa hotel, or opt for a cosy bed and breakfast set in exotic gardens.

Things to Do in Lake Maggiore

Take a relaxed stroll along the waterfronts of Stresa, Pallanza and Verbania, where you can see one of Lake Maggiore’s biggest attractions: the Borromean islands. Isola Bella is the stuff of fairy tales, with an ornate Baroque palace and luxuriant landscaped gardens. Isola Madre and Isola de Superiore – the latter reportedly Ernest Hemingway’s favourite island – are appealing islands to explore, filled with gardens and charming village houses. On Lake Maggiore’s eastern shore is the monastery of Santa Caterina del Sasso, clinging to the rock face.

Head further north towards the Swiss border to reach the town of Cannobio, which has a large Sunday market that sprawls over its cafe-filled waterfront. Its tree-shaded beach is an excellent spot for a picnic.

For a fun day out, visit the Aquadventure Park north of Stresa, which is an outdoor swimming complex and adventure park rolled into one. People of all ages can enjoy activities including mountain biking and climbing.

Where to Eat in Lake Maggiore

Savour the best of northern Italian food including creamy risotto dishes, rich game, polenta and roast meats – washed down with robust reds from the Piedmont region. Some restaurants also offer a taste of the Mediterranean and feature seafood dishes as well as local lake fish.

Getting around Lake Maggiore

Ferries run all along Lake Maggiore, connecting the towns and villages. Stresa has frequent boats that go up and down the lake as well as to the Borromean islands.

One of the most pleasurable things to do is to take the Lake Maggiore Express. This fascinating way to see the lake combines both rail and boat travel and sets off from numerous points along the water, including lakeside towns in Switzerland. There’s the option to return by narrow-gauge train that goes through dramatic mountain scenery on the western side of the lake. It’s an experience not to be missed.

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