Lake Maggiore Hotels & Holidays
It is said that the translucent quality of Lake Maggiore's water is...
It is said that the translucent quality of Lake Maggiore's water is from the teardrops of unrequited lovers and romantic poets made mindful of their lost loves by the beauty that surrounds this area. Much appreciated by Byron and Shelley, a temperate microclimate made this region a preferred hideaway for 19th century aristocrats who built palatial villas with landscaped gardens on its pristine shoreline and panoramic hills.More Information Less Information
The palm-lined town of Stresa dates back to the 1st century, and was taken over by...
The palm-lined town of Stresa dates back to the 1st century, and was taken over by the Borromean family in the 15th century from the Visconti family, who had once controlled this small fishing town. Situated on the Borromean Gulf, Stresa is now a town full of splendid villas and magnificent gardens. It has a very attractive lakeside promenade from where you can see the famous Borromean Islands of Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola Superiore dei Pescatori. All of the islands are served by regular ferries or private boats and have wonderful palaces and gardens to explore.
Transfer time from Milan Malpensa airport: approx. 1 hour.
At the foot of Mount Carza, Cannero is one of the first towns on Lake Maggiore that...
At the foot of Mount Carza, Cannero is one of the first towns on Lake Maggiore that visitors discovered when arriving from Northern Europe, and has managed to retain most of their historical and architectural heritage. The view from the beautifully laid out lakefront promenade is enchanting over the lake, the islands of the Castles of Cannero, and the town of Luino on the nearby Lombard shore. The views are stunning from the well-cared for network of paths on the hillsides immediately behind the town, which lead to pretty country villages surrounded by vineyards and chestnut woods. The mild year-round climate on this part of the lake encourages the rich Mediterranean vegetation such as magnolias, palms, oranges, lemons and olive groves, as well as an abundance of camellias, azaeleas, mimosa and rhododendrum.
Transfer time from Milan Malpensa airport: approx. 2 hours.
Popular Lake Maggiore Hotels
- Visit Isola Bella, one of the three Borromean Islands
- Take a trip on the Mottarone cable car in Stresa
- The botanical gardens of Villa Taranto in Pallanza
- Visit Villa Pallavicino on the outskirts of Stresa
Best Time To Go
Lake Maggiore is a summer destination, with the season generally running from April to October. The best time to visit is in the springtime when the temperature is cooler and all the wild flowers are out in bloom. Temperatures are at their hottest in July and August and this is when the lake is at its busiest. However, May, June and September are ideal months to visit as there are fewer crowds and they still enjoy mild temperatures that rarely go beneath 20 degrees; making it perfect for visiting the lake at the beginning or end of season too.
Average monthly temperature and rainfall for Lake Maggiore.
The closest airport to Lake Maggiore is Milan Malpensa (MXP). Direct flights to Milan are available from Birmingham, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton and Manchester and take approximately 2 hours.
From Our Experts
Take the cable car from Stresa up to the very top and get some stunning views over Lake Maggiore,...
Take the cable car from Stresa up to the very top and get some stunning views over Lake Maggiore, Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Madre. It's ideal on a hot day, as it's a bit cooler up there, too.
Frank Berlanga, Expert Travel Advisor
A huge success with Citalia guests for over 35 years, Hotel Astoria is approximately 275 metres...
Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and head to the picturesque town of Cannero, where...
The Grand Hotel Bristol is set amidst beautifully tended gardens and gazes out over Italy's second...
Undoubtedly the most exclusive hotel on Lake Maggiore, the Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromées...
Situated opposite the lakeside promenade with only a five-minute walk to the town centre of Stresa,...
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Zermatt & the Matterhorn
At the highest point of the pass, the Belvedere Viewpoint, there are unbeatable 360 degree panoramic views of the Swiss and Italian Alps.
Onwards and Upwards through Brig (with its Stockalkper Castle), Visp and along the Matter Valley leading you further into the heart of the Alps.
At Taesch you will take the tack and pinion railway up to Zermatt itself. Situated at 5,315 ft above sea level. Zermatt is surounded by some of the most famous peaks in the Alps: the Matterhorn, theMonte Rosa, the Gornergrat, no less than 12,000 '4,000ft peaks'. Zermatt is the most picturesque of the Alpine villages and is completely pedestrianised. You can enjoy your free time exploring Zermatt and basking in the dramatic splendour of the Matterhorn. By the end of the day, enjoy the sun setting on the surrounding mountains as you make your way home.
Optional extra: Experience a journey up into the mountains via cable car approx. 20 euros payable locally.
Duration: Full day
To the north of Lake Maggiore you will pass the mystical floating castles of Cannero whilst travelling towards the snow-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps and across to Lake Lugano. Lugano city nestles between the peaks of San Salvatore and Monte Bré and looks out over the celestial blue waters of the Lake.
We head for the Palazzo Civico to feel the hustle and bustle of the city centre - this area is brimming with restaurants and boutiques. Lake Como has to be one of the most spectacular lakes in Italy with it's sparkling waters surrounded by dramatic mountains. Here there is the opportunity to visit Villa Carlotta where every ceiling is a masterpiece of frescoes and in the gardens, there are over 500 species from giant sequoia to camellias (this is an optional extra payable locally approx. 9.00 euros or 5.00 euros if over 65).
Como itself is a modern city steeped in history. See the 14th century Cathedral or hunt out for some bargains in the vast array of silk shops.
Duration: Full day
There is also the opportunity for a boat ride to the enchanting San Giulio's Island, where you can visit the 12th century Basilica and crypt of San Giulio. Or simply admire the views across the lake from the single lane that encompasses the island.
The afternoon continues through the scenic countryside of the Vergante Hills and along the southern tip of Lake Maggiore and the towering statue of San Carlo Borromeo, said to be the largest in the world, with panoramic views of the lake.
Duration: Half day
There is an optional boat cruise to Isola San Giulo and Orta from Omegna which is approx. 6 euros and is payable locally. This takes approx. 50 minutes. Those that do not wish to take the boat cruise will stay on the bus and travel to Orta for free time.
Milan is also home to the Sforza Castle, built by the Viscontis, a former seat of one of Europe's leading courts of the Renaissance and where you can now see numerous works of art including Michelangelo's unfinished last work, Pietà Rondadini.
Central Milan is where you will find Italy's largest Gothic building, the Cathedral - a magical display of turrets, spires and views. Wander through the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele, a beautiful Belle Epoque arcade, or visit the museum of the world famous La Scala Opera House (approx. 6.00 euros payable locally). Or simply enjoy persuing the exclusive boutiques and grand department stores that Milan is famous for.
Duration: Full day
You will not be able to enter La Scala Opera museum when there are rehearsals going on.
Macugnaga & Mount Rosa
Optional extra: Take the chance to feel on top of the world with an unforgettable journey in the Belvedere Chairlift up the great Monte Rosa to view the Alps and the glaciers (from June - September approx. 13.00 euros payable locally).
Duration: Half day
The advertised program of events is dependent upon achieving a minimum number of participants and, therefore, some events may not always be available due to insufficient demand or, in some cases, adverse weather conditions.
These excursions may not be able to run from the resort Cannero as local transport will be required to get you to the pickup points. Please see your Concierge in resort to discuss the possibilities.
Multi Centre Holidays
Lake Maggiore & any destination of your choice
A multi centre holiday is the perfect way to see and experience more of Italy. It's easy to combine a stay in Lake Maggiore with Italy's northern towns and cities, but even the south of the country is within reach. We've put together some of our favourite suggestions below but our expert Travel Advisors will be happy to tailor make your perfect itinerary.
With Lake Como
Neighbouring Lake Como and Lake Maggiore each offer visitors something different. The classical romance of Maggiore is heightened by grand villas and scenic hillside paths that are a favourite of walkers, whilst Como offers stylish lakeside towns with endearing artisan shops on lakefront promenades.
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A couple of nights exploring the fashion-capital of the world will perfectly prepare you to relax on the shores of romantic Lake Maggiore. Milan offers visitors the opportunity browse in the flagship stores of some of the world's most well-known designers and admire impressive architectural structures such as its famous duomo.
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With Lake Orta
Combining a stay on Lake Maggiore with it smaller neighbour, Lake Orta, is perfect for those looking for a romantic lakeside escape. The translucent quality of Maggiore's water is said to be caused by the teardrops of unrequited lovers, made mindful of their lost love by the beauty of the area, and Orta's quiet beauty makes it a truly romantic place to stroll along the cobbled streets of its towns.
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