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Lake Maggiore

Elegant lakeside resorts, shimmering waters and towering mountains make Lake Maggiore one of northern Italy’s most appealing regions.

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.


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Blue Relais Maggiore

Blue Relais Maggiore

St. Sempione 182, Castelletto Sopra Ticino
3.8
of 5, from 37 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Castelletto Sopra Ticino, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gottard Park Museum and Arona Golf Club. Arona Ferry Terminal and Arona City Hall are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£104
Hotel La Palma

Hotel La Palma

Corso Umberto I, 33, Stresa
4.5
of 5, from 186 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Stresa, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Villa Ducale and Borromeo Plaza. Stresa Ferry Terminal and Congressi Palace are also within 10 minutes.

£114
Regina Palace Hotel

Regina Palace Hotel

Corso Umberto I, 29, Stresa
4.3
of 5, from 181 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Villa Ducale and Borromeo Plaza. Stresa Ferry Terminal and Congressi Palace are also within 10 minutes.

£36
Dependance dell Angelo

Dependance dell Angelo

Piazza Grande, Locarno
3.4
of 5, from 29 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Locarno, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza Grande and Casino Locarno. Madonna del Sasso is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.

£96
Seven Boutique Hotel

Seven Boutique Hotel

Piazza G. Motta 21 & 25, Ascona
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Ascona, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Piazza Grande, Casino Locarno, and Madonna del Sasso. Verzasca Dam and Casa Ghisler are also within 12 mi (20 km).

£41
Hotel Dell'Angelo

Hotel Dell'Angelo

Piazza Grande, Locarno
3.9
of 5, from 63 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Locarno, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza Grande and Casino Locarno. Madonna del Sasso is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.

£25
Motel Lago Maggiore

Motel Lago Maggiore

Via Sempione, 164, Castelletto Sopra Ticino
2.9
of 5, from 14 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this property is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Gottard Park Museum and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Arona Golf Club. Arona Ferry Terminal and Arona City Hall are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£158
Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees

Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees

Corso Umberto I, 67, Stresa
4.5
of 5, from 247 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located directly on Lake Maggiore, this luxury spa hotel is just 0.1 km from Villa Ducale and 0.5 km from Villa Pallavicino Park. Iles des Borromees Golf Club is 3.4 km away.

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