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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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Regina Palace Hotel £150
Reviewed on 14 Aug 2019
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Regina Palace Hotel

Regina Palace Hotel

Corso Umberto I, 29, Stresa, VB
     
    4.3 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Absolutely stunning hotel, great location and facilities - the pools are amazing! The staff were excellent and overall a really welcoming and friendly hotel!

    SHG Hotel Villa Carlotta £52
    Reviewed on 20 Jul 2019
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    SHG Hotel Villa Carlotta

    SHG Hotel Villa Carlotta

    Via Mazzini, 121-125, Belgirate, VB
       
      3.5 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      I found the hotel to be very clean, friendly staff, great location with a spectacular view. Restaurant at the hotel was very good. I would definitely go back

      La Palma au Lac £151
      Reviewed on 6 Aug 2019
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      La Palma au Lac

      La Palma au Lac

      Viale Verbano 29, Muralto, TI
         
        4.6 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Beautiful views, wonderful varied breakfast, friendly and warm staff

        H4 Hotel Arcadia Locarno £143
        Reviewed on 16 Jun 2019
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        H4 Hotel Arcadia Locarno

        H4 Hotel Arcadia Locarno

        Lungolago G. Motta, Locarno, TI
           
          4.3 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Great location looking down the lake even from a partial view room. Large comfortable rooms. very good breakfast. Quiet.

          Grand Hotel Bristol £109
          Reviewed on 16 Apr 2019
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          Grand Hotel Bristol

          Grand Hotel Bristol

          C.so Umberto I, 73, Stresa, VB
             
            4.2 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great Hotel

            Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees £218
            Reviewed on 9 Aug 2019
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            Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees

            Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees

            Corso Umberto I, 67, Stresa, VB
               
              4.6 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This was a beautiful hotel with amazing views across the lake. The breakfast buffet was delicious and we always got great tables with views over the lake or gardens. Pool a bit chilly but manageable.

              Seven Boutique Hotel £122
              Reviewed on 15 Apr 2019
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              Seven Boutique Hotel

              Seven Boutique Hotel

              Piazza G. Motta 21 & 25, Ascona
                 
                4.4 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Love the location. Close to everything in ASCONA. Will return someday.

                EasyRooms dell'Angelo £40
                Reviewed on 9 May 2019
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                EasyRooms dell'Angelo

                EasyRooms dell'Angelo

                Piazza Grande, Locarno, TI
                   
                  3.6 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  EasyRooms Dell'Angello and it's sister establishment across the alley are situated at the quiet end of Piazza Grande in the heart of the city and close to shopping arcades and restaurants, and within walking distance from the train station, the port and the Lake. I booked the room without realizing ...

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