Lake Maggiore is one of the biggest and most beautiful lakes in Italy
There are no fewer than 11 islands with palaces and castles, mature grounds and charming gardens. From here you will be able to admire stunning landscapes, enjoy the quiet of woodland and breathe an air of art and nature. Our region is laden with history and there are countless places to visit.
- Luino: places to see include Madonna del Carmine Church, Serbelloni private Chapel, Verbania Palace and the Archaeological and Paleontological Town Museum. Particularly interesting is the Luino Markt, held every Wednesday with over 350 market stalls.
- Milan: the city for business, art and culture in Lombardy and Italy alike. Also famous for fashion and innovation. Milan is not far from Colmegna.
- Arona: where you can admire the main square Piazza del Popolo and the Podestà Palace dating back to the 15th century, the Sacro Monte (Sacred Mountain) with the giant statue of San Carlo.
- Cannobio : a fishermen’s village that boasts the most romantic walk on Lake Maggiore. A must see is the Santuario della Pietà Church, the Collegiate Church of San Vittore, the Oratory of Santa Marta, the Palace of Ragione and the Communal Tower, Vitaliana Fortress and an impressive statue of a lion, called Il Leone, overlooking the lake.
- Cannero: delightful village of the shore of the Lake, from which you can explore charming hamlets, woodland and orchards. Exhibitions, markets and events are held all year round, such as the Spring-blooming Camellia Show and the Citrus fruit Show.
- Stresa: the park of Villa Pallavicino, the Duke’s Villa dated 1770 and the International Centre for Rosminian Studies.
- Angera: its suggestive gulf and the small island of Partegora, the Angera Fortress and the Museum of dolls and fashion.
- Isola Bella : Borromeo Palace, the caves set among rocky crags and the terraced gardens.
- Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s island): the Parish Church containing a silver bust statue of Saint Carlo Borromeo.
- Borromeo Islands – Isola Madre (Mother island): the Botanical Garden, the 16th century Borromeo Palace and the collections of 17th paintings, puppets theatres, dolls and servants’ uniforms of the Borromeo Household.
- Pallanza: with the wonderful botanical gardens of Villa Taranto.
- Lugano: this is the largest town in Italian speaking Switzerland. a busy cultural and economic centre with many historical treasures to admire. the Bishop’s Palace, San Lorenzo Cathedral, San Rocco Church, Lutheran Evangelical Church, Santa Maria di Loreto Church, to name but a few.
- Locarno: third largest town in Italian speaking Switzerland. Here there are may monuments and historical palaces to visit. Many churches and works of art can also be admired in town.
- Ascona: another town in the Canton of Ticino (the Italian speaking part of Switzerland), not far from Locarno. stunning landscapes, many historical palaces t visit; it is famous for its Festival of New Orleans Jazz.
- Brissago Island: in the Swiss part of Lake Maggiore. well worth a visit is the wonderful Botanical Garden of Ticino Canton with over 1,700 species of plants from all over the world.
- Val Verzasca: a Swiss valley famous for its natural beauty and as a favourite destination for underwater divers. You can visit the Bishop’s Chapel, the House of Wool, the Museum of Verzasca Valley and Marcacci Castle.
Please do not hesitate to contact our staff for your holidays on Lake Maggiore, we’ll be delighted to help you plan exceptional day trips.