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.
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.
Duration: Full day
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.
Duration: Full day
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.
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 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.
Duration: Full day
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).
Duration: Half day
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.
Duration: 2 Hours
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.