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Holiday in Lake Maggiore for pure romance, its shoreline dotted with timeless resorts and ringed by the foothills of the Alps. The golden age of travel is evoked in its 19th-century lakeside towns, where wide waterfront promenades are filled with sophisticated cafe terraces. Gelato in hand, stroll past the palatial hotels that command impressive views of the lake. After wandering on your getaway through the cobbled squares and lanes of lakeside villages, pull up a sun lounger at one of Lake Maggiore’s many beaches.
Stretching for 40 miles, Lake Maggiore is Italy’s longest lake and has been a favourite with holiday makers since the days of the Grand Tour. Soak up the old-world charm of Stresa, the main resort and a handy place to catch the ferries that shuttle up, down and across the lake.
Explore the sprawling botanical gardens of Villa Taranto in nearby Verbania, which were created by a Scotsman. Cross Lake Maggiore to Laveno, where you can take an old-fashioned bucket cable car to Monte Sasso del Ferro and marvel at the panoramic views.
During your holiday, a visit to the Borromean islands is a must. Take a ferry from Stresa to these jewel-like islands, two of which have lavish villas set in equally elaborate gardens. On Lake Maggiore’s eastern shores, you can’t miss the impressive sight of Rocca di Angera, an imposing Medieval fortress that looms over the village of Angera. Climb its tower for fantastic lake views.
If you like to have more adventure on your holiday, hike Lake Maggiore’s national park trails or make use of the cycle paths around the lake. For windsurfing and kitesurfing, head to Cannobio near the Swiss border.
An efficient train network connects Lake Maggiore’s main towns with Milan, the nearest major city. For an unforgettable journey, hop on the Lake Maggiore Express, where you can take the ferry up into Switzerland and return on a narrow-gauge railway through spectacular countryside.
Combine a leisurely holiday on Lake Maggiore with a visit to its smaller, more intimate neighbour Lake Orta or Medieval village Orta San Giulio, which is one of the prettiest in the region.
This family-friendly Stresa hotel is located on a lake, within a 15-minute walk of Villa La Palazzola and Borromeo Plaza. Stresa Ferry Terminal and Carciano Ferry Terminal are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Ascona, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Galleria Borgo and Museo Comunale d’Arte Moderna. Fondazione Monte Verita and Monte Verità are also within 1 mile (2 km).
This family-friendly Locarno hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Grande, Pinacoteca Casa Rusca and Castello Visconteo. Kursaal Locarno SA and Chiesa di San Francesco are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Locarno, this hotel is steps away from Piazza Grande, Castello Visconteo and Chiesa Santa Maria Assunta. Casino Locarno and Pinacoteca Casa Rusca are also within 5 minutes.
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Villa La Palazzola and Borromeo Plaza. Carciano Ferry Terminal and Borromeo Palace and Garden are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Locarno, this hotel is steps away from Castello Visconteo, Piazza Grande and Chiesa Santa Maria Assunta. Chiesa di San Francesco and Pinacoteca Casa Rusca are also within 5 minutes.
Situated near the beach, this property is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Gottard Park Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Arona Golf Club and Lagoni di Mercurago. Sacro Monte di San Carlo and Arona Ferry Terminal are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in the heart of Stresa, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Villa Ducale and Borromeo Plaza. Stresa Ferry Terminal and Congressi Palace are also within 10 minutes.