Lake Maggiore Hotels & Holidays
About Lake Maggiore
It is said that the translucent quality of Lake Maggiore's water is from the teardrops of unrequited lovers and romantic poets. 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.
Palm-lined esplanades are decorated with magnolia and overlook the Borromean Islands, reposing on a sleepy stretch of water reached by steamer. Isola Bella dominates these small, verdant retreats, which house a magnificent palazzo surrounded by lush, floral gardens with fountains, peacocks, classical statuary and secretive grottos.
At the foot of Mount Carza and affording leisurely walks to stunning wooded hills and flower-drenched gardens surrounding privileged palazzi.
Multi Centre Holidays
Experience the best of both worlds and combine your Lake Maggiore holiday with another Italian destination. Citalia offer a fantastic range of multi centre holidays, perfect for taking in all that Italy has to offer.
- The Borromean Islands
- The gardens of Villa Taranto
- Isola Bella
- Settimane Musicali Festival
Please note: Excursions operate seasonally and are not available from the resort of Cannero.
Zermatt & The Matterhorn: The Ossola Valley winds its way gracefully up towards the Alps and away from Lake Maggiore, leading you to the famous Simplon Pass. At the highest point of the Pass, the Belvedere View Point, there are unbeatable 360° views of the Swiss and Italian Alps. Continue along the Matter Valley further into the heart of the Alps. At Taesch you will take the rack and pinion railway up to Zermatt itself, surrounded by some of the most famous peaks in the Alps and the most picturesque of the Alpine villages.
Full Day from £68pp
The Three Lakes: A chance to see three of the most beautiful lakes in two countries. 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 blue waters of the Lake. 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 sparkling waters surrounded by dramatic mountains. There is also the opportunity to visit Villa Carlotta where every ceiling is a masterpiece of frescoes and where the gardens are filled with over 500 species of plants, from giant sequoia to camellias (payable locally).
Full Day from £51pp
Lake Orta: A relaxing afternoon to one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe. Surrounded by lush woodland Orta really is a hidden secret. There is free time to stroll and admire the quaint cobbled streets of Orta San Giulio and 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.
Half Day from £35pp
Milan: Milan boasts an unparalleled combination of history and culture with all the advantages of a modern European city. With an official Milan city guide you will have the opportunity to see all the important sights including the monumental cemetery, home to the impressive tomb of the Campari family. Milan is also home to the Sforza Castle, built by the Viscontis 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 simply enjoy the exclusive boutiques and grand department stores that Milan is famous for.
Full Day from £49pp
Macugnaga & Mount Rosa: The journey to Macugnaga is a trully spectacular drive up the Anzasca Valley, where the quaint old houses of the Walser people cling to the cliffs. Macugnaga nestles in the foothills of the Mount Rosa. The village itself is a cluster of typical alpine buildings, centred around the pretty flower filled main square with views of the Alps wherever you turn.
Full Day from £37pp
Magic Maggiore: Capture the enchanting beauty of Lake Maggiore by night, cruising on private motor launches round the Borromean Bay. Enjoy the magical sights of Isola Bella and Isola Pescatori with their lights reflecting in the calm and tranquil waters of the Lake. Cruise along to Feriolo, at the end of the Borromean Bay and then stop at Pallanza, one of the liveliest towns on the lake for some free time.
2 Hour Excursion from £19pp