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Lake Maggiore Hotels & Holidays

Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore
Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore
Cannero lakeside, Lake Maggiore
Cannero lakeside, Lake Maggiore
Cannero, Lake Maggiore
Cannero, Lake Maggiore
Cable car above Stresa, Lake Maggiore
Cable car above Stresa, Lake Maggiore
Botanic Gardens at Villa Taranto, Lake Maggiore ©Neil McEach
Botanic Gardens at Villa Taranto, Lake Maggiore ©Neil McEach
Isola Madreo, Lake Maggiore
Isola Madreo, Lake Maggiore
The Matterhorn
The Matterhorn
Isola Madreo, Lake Maggiore
Isola Madreo, Lake Maggiore
Castelli di Cannero, Lake Maggiore
Castelli di Cannero, Lake Maggiore
Botanic Gardens at Villa Taranto, Lake Maggiore ©Neil McEach
Botanic Gardens at Villa Taranto, Lake Maggiore ©Neil McEach
Botanic Gardens at Villa Taranto, Lake Maggiore ©Neil McEach
Botanic Gardens at Villa Taranto, Lake Maggiore ©Neil McEach
Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore
Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore
Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore
Botanic Gardens at Villa Taranto, Lake Maggiore ©Neil McEach
Botanic Gardens at Villa Taranto, Lake Maggiore ©Neil McEach
Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore
Cannero lakeside, Lake Maggiore
Cannero, Lake Maggiore
Cable car above Stresa, Lake Maggiore
Botanic Gardens at Villa Taranto, Lake Maggiore ©Neil McEach
Isola Madreo, Lake Maggiore
The Matterhorn
Isola Madreo, Lake Maggiore
Castelli di Cannero, Lake Maggiore
Botanic Gardens at Villa Taranto, Lake Maggiore ©Neil McEach
Botanic Gardens at Villa Taranto, Lake Maggiore ©Neil McEach
Lake Maggiore
Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore
Botanic Gardens at Villa Taranto, Lake Maggiore ©Neil McEach

Lake Maggiore

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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...

Save up to 20% on Lake Maggiore holidays with our exclusive sale offers. Book by 02 Feb.

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.

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Stresa

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.

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Cannero Riviera

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.

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Popular Lake Maggiore Hotels

Unmissable Sights

  • 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.

Flight Information

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

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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 and a birds eye view of Isola Bella, Isola del Pescatore and Isola Madre; it is just out of this world and a bit cooler too.
Frank Berlanga, Expert Travel Advisor

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Hotels

  • Hotel Astoria
  • Swimming Pool
  • Swimming Pool
  • Views Of Lake Maggiore From Hotel Astoria
  • Twin Garden View & Balcony Room
  • Front Lake View & Balcony Room
  • Superior Front Lake View & Balcony Room
  • Junior Suite Front Lake View & Terrace
  • Hotel Astoria
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel Astoria
  • Restaurant

Hotel Astoria, Lake Maggiore

Rating: 4

A huge success with Citalia guests for over 35 years, Hotel Astoria is approximately 275 metres...

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  • Hotel Cannero Lakeside
  • Terrace
  • Hotel Cannero Lakeside
  • Hotel Cannero Lakeside
  • Hotel Cannero Lakeside
  • Hotel Cannero Lakeside
  • I Castelli Restaurant
  • I Castelli Restaurant
  • I Castelli Restaurant Terrace
  • Reading Room
  • Double Room With Lake View
  • Hotel Cannero Lakeside

Hotel Cannero Lakeside, Lake Maggiore

Rating: 4

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and head to the picturesque town of Cannero, where...

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  • Swimming Pool
  • Grand Hotel Bristol
  • Grand Hotel Bristol
  • Swimming Pool Area
  • Grand Hotel Bristol
  • Terrace Views To Isola Bella
  • Superior Room
  • Junior Suite Lake View & Balcony
  • Twin Room
  • Twin Room
  • Winter Garden
  • Lounge Bar

Grand Hotel Bristol, Lake Maggiore

Rating: 4

The Grand Hotel Bristol is set amidst beautifully tended gardens and gazes out over Italy's second...

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  • Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees
  • Swimming Pool
  • Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees
  • Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees
  • Il Borromeo Restaurant Terrace
  • Il Borromeo Restaurant Terrace
  • Lounge
  • Twin Garden View Room
  • Twin Front Lake View Room
  • Junior Suite with Balcony
  • Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees
  • Restaurant

Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees, Lake Maggiore

Rating: 5

Undoubtedly the most exclusive hotel on Lake Maggiore, the Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromées...

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  • Sky Bar
  • Hotel La Palma
  • Swimming Pool
  • Swimming Pool
  • Villa Francesca
  • Twin Room with Balcony
  • Twin Side Lake View Room
  • Twin Lake View Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • Sky Bar
  • Sky Bar

Hotel La Palma, Lake Maggiore

Rating: 4

Situated opposite the lakeside promenade with only a five-minute walk to the town centre of Stresa,...

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  • Hotel Regina Palace
  • Hotel Regina Palace
  • Liberty Restaurant
  • Charlston Restaurant
  • Lobby
  • Lobby
  • Swimming Pool Area
  • Junior Suite Front Lake View
  • Junior Suite Front Lake View
  • Twin Room
  • Spa
  • Spa

Hotel Regina Palace, Lake Maggiore

Rating: 4

One of Stresa's most stylish hotels, the elegant Hotel Regina Palace commands wonderful views of...

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Excursions

Add an excursion to make the most of your holiday.

Make the selection when you are booking either online or with one of destination experts.

Please note excursions operate seasonally.

Zermatt & the Matterhorn

Take a journey through the Ossola Valley as it 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 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.

Operates Mondays
Departure: 7.30am
Duration: Full day
From: £69.00

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 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.

Operates Tuesdays
Departure: 8am
Duration: Full day
From: £52.00

Lake Orta

A relaxing afternoon to one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe; Lake Orta. Surrounded by lush woodland Lake Orta really is a hidden secret. There is free time to stroll and admire the quaint cobbled streets and to havea coffee at a café in the picturesque lakeside piazza.

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.

Operates Thursdays
Departure: 1.15pm
Duration: Half day
From: £35.00

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

Milan boasts an unparalleled combination of history and culture with all the advantages of a modern European city. With the services of 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, 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.

Operates Fridays
Departure: 8.30am
Duration: Full day
From: £50.00

You will not be able to enter La Scala Opera museum when there are rehearsals going on.

Macugnaga & Mount Rosa

The journey to Macugnaga is a trully spectacular drive up the Anzasca Valley, plunged between the rugged mountains, where the qauint old houses of the Walser people cling to the cliffs. Macugnaga nestles in the foothills of the Monte Rosa whish at 15,200ft it is one of the biggest peaks in the Alps. The village itself is a cluster of typical alpine buildings, centring on the pretty flower filled main square, with views of the Alps which ever way you turn.

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).

Operates Saturdays
Departure: 12pm
Duration:  Half day
From: £38.00

Important Information

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.

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Lake Como

Bellagio, 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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Milan

Duomo Milan

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

Isola di San Guilio, 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 make it a truly romantic place to stroll along the cobbled streets of its towns.

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