Visit Lake Maggiore, Italian Lakes
Often regarded as the most beautiful of Italy’s northern lakes, Lake Maggiore is known for its clear blue waters, mild Mediterranean climate and sloping green clad shoreline. The area has long drawn the imagination of visitors passing through the Simplon Pass from central Europe into Italy for whom the lake was one of their first iconic vistas.
The lake itself, acts as a border between the region of Piedmont on the western shore and Lombardy to the east. To the north, it stretches up into Switzerland and the picturesque Locarno area. The jewels in the crown though, are undoubtedly the Borromean Islands, nestled on the western shore between the towns of Stresa and Verbania, within the picturesque Borromean Gulf.
This whole section of the lake, so popular with the European aristocracy during the years of the Grand Tour, is lined with beautiful Belle Époque villas and extensive botanical gardens, just waiting to be explored.
Italy specialist Caroline
Lake Maggiore has an old-world charm about it. It’s best experienced from the water, by touring the lake and visiting some of its islets, with their sprawling palazzos, landscaped gardens, and whimsical grottoes.
Places to visit in Lake Maggiore
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Lake Maggiore, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring Lake Maggiore
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Lake Maggiore, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Lake Maggiore
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around Lake Maggiore
- Stresa Lake Maggiore
- Verbania Lake Maggiore
- Laglio 23 miles away
- Torno 23 miles away
- Blevio 23 miles away
- Como 24 miles away
- Tremezzo 24 miles away
- Lezzeno 24 miles away
- Bellagio 28 miles away
- Lake Como 29 miles away
- Milan 45 miles away
- Turin 82 miles away
- Piedmont 83 miles away
- Barbaresco 94 miles away
- Alba 96 miles away
- Barolo 104 miles away
- Genoa 112 miles away
- Parma 115 miles away
- Verona 118 miles away
- Portofino and Santa Margherita 121 miles away
- Cinque Terre 141 miles away
- Modena 144 miles away
- Porto Venere 147 miles away
- Forte dei Marmi 159 miles away
- Bologna 166 miles away
- Pisa 179 miles away
- Venice 180 miles away
- Florence 200 miles away
- Ravenna 203 miles away
- San Gimignano 210 miles away
- Siena 227 miles away
- Perugia 271 miles away
- Assisi 281 miles away
- Umbria 283 miles away
- Orvieto 284 miles away
Photos of Lake Maggiore
Accommodation choices for Lake Maggiore
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Lake Maggiore. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
With rooms facing the splendid Lake Maggiore and the mountain slopes in the background, the hotel provides a central base for exploring the town of Stresa and the surrounding areas.
The Regina Palace is an elegant and charming property with a traditional Italian style. Its lakeside location, close to the heart of Stresa, offers a good base for exploring the lake.
Opened in 1863 on the shores of Lake Maggiore, the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees is one of Italy’s most prestigious lakeside hotels. Its elegant grandeur has been beautifully maintained through the ages and the hotel continues to offer a wonderful experience.
Set on a quiet promontory with panoramic terraces and gardens overlooking Lake Maggiore, this Belle Époque hotel effortlessly lives up to its name.
Perched on the edge of Lake Maggiore with outstanding views of the Borromean Islands, Villa Aminta is a luxurious hotel with two beautiful restaurants and an excellent spa complex.