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Holidays to Lake Maggiore take you to the southern side of the Italian alps, the second largest in Italy and is one of the country’s most spectacular destinations, spanning more than forty miles. It’s also home to more than 42 towns and five islands.
With all this land covered there is plenty to see and do in the area, from a visit to the fashion capital of Milan to a trip across the border into Switzerland and everything in between. Let Citalia help you to enjoy the trip of a lifetime with our fantastic itineraries and tours.
Lake Maggiore holidays are ideal for the active explorer. Hire a bike to take you on an adventure around the resorts, such as Stresa, or if you’re looking for something a little gentler, take a boat trip to one of the islands and stroll in the beautiful gardens of the lakeside Villas. With such a romantic setting, holidays in Lake Maggiore are perfect for couples. Spend the days wandering hand in hand along stunning promenades and explore the exquisite architecture the area has to offer.
At Citalia we’re the leading Italian holiday specialist, with nearly 90 years of expertise in creating holidays. Let us help you to enjoy your Lake Maggiore holiday like no other and show you the hidden gems, including Isola Madre, the botanical garden on water. Part of the Borromean archipelago, this island is home to a mixture of exotic plants, flowers and birds such as peacocks. It’s easy to spend an afternoon strolling around the restaurants and little shops, and taking in the stunning views from the island.
Take a trip away from your hotel and visit Omegna, which is on Lake Orta. Here you can wander along the riverside passageways and over beautiful bridges, exploring the historic centre. Omegna is a quiet local town so you won’t find hordes of tourists here, just a real taste of Italian culture.
Visit the small and picturesque town of Cannero, which is located further up the lake towards Switzerland, and offers a unique attraction away from the usual tourist circuits. This is the perfect place to experience authentic Italy.
The stunning Lake Maggiore has plenty to interest and entertain its visitors, including the Botanic Gardens at Villa Taranto. Here you can spend a relaxing afternoon strolling around, admiring the thousands of plant varieties, the impressive water features and expansive gardens. Then take the ferry service to the Borromean Island of Isola Bella, where you can explore the stunning Palace filled with beautiful paintings, ornate furniture and exquisite marble.
Why not build your holiday beyond one location and visit Lake Como during your stay? This mesmerising lake attracts visitors from far and wide to see its romantic towns and unrivalled natural beauty. Stroll along the promenades, explore the artisan shops and enjoy the delicious foods at the local restaurants.
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, London Stansted and Manchester and take approximately 2 hours.
Direct flights to Milan Bergamo (BGY) depart from London Stansted, Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands and Belfast and take approximately 2 hours.
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 warm but not too hot and all the wild flowers are out in bloom. May, June and September are ideal months to visit. Temperatures are at their hottest in July and August and this is when the lake is at its busiest.
Lake Maggiore has plenty of dishes which will tempt you during your visit, whatever your taste preferences. While there are plenty of fresh fish delicacies to enjoy, for the sweet toothed there are also margheritines, which are flower shaped lemon biscuits, and a local speciality found in Stresa. These are a real treat and are delicious when enjoyed with fresh Italian coffee.
For cheese lovers, well-known local cheese, Bettelmatt, is a must try. This famous cheese is only produced with milk from cows bred in the area of Punta dei Camosci for a specific twelve to fifteen days of the year. The cheese has a slight yellow hue, which comes from a herb grown in the grass in the area, making its appearance quite distinctive. With a unique taste profile, this is a speciality not to be missed.
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