Top 10 Lake Maggiore Italy things to do and amazing towns

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Stresa Italy Lake Maggiore isola pescatori fisherman island lago maggiore 4 scaled

Top 10 Lake Maggiore Italy things to do and amazing towns – Lake Maggiore what to see? This is certainly an interesting question. If you know how to organize your day well, the time spent on Lake Maggiore will not be a simple walk on the lakefront but an unforgettable vacation or trip.

There are many beautiful places that you can visit on Lake Maggiore. Here we will draw up a ranking of the best places on Lake Maggiore Italy.

The 10 best places on Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore what to see? Here are the 10 best places on Lake Maggiore, those places that you just don’t have to miss:

  1. Borromean Islands
  2. Mottarone Stresa
  3. Sasso del Ferro Laveno
  4. Verbania and Villa Taranto
  5. Hermitage of Santa Caterina
  6. Cannero Riviera + Castles of Cannero + Cannobbio
  7. Ascona (Switzerland)
  8. Brissago + Isole (Switzerland)
  9. Locarno + Funicular + Orselina (Switzerland)
  10. Luino

1. Borromean Islands

Lake Maggiore, what to see? The Borromean Islands! The 3 islands of the Borromean Gulf are a real jewel of Lake Maggiore. They are easily reachable with the boats of the Navigazione del Lago Maggiore or with private transport services by motorboat from Verbania, Stresa, and Baveno.

Lake Maggiore, what to see? Borromean Islands

If you want more details about the Borromean Islands go to the dedicated page: Top 10 Stresa Italy things to do Lake Maggiore.

2. Mottarone Stresa

Mottarone is the mountain behind Stresa. It can be reached by car or by cable car. The real peculiarity of this place is that it offers a magnificent view of 7 lakes! Also on the Mottarone, there is Alpyland: a rail bobsleigh that offers a very fun descent to the mountain. The adjustable speed makes it suitable for everyone… even the less intrepid.

Go to the following post: Mottarone Stresa Lake Maggiore.

3. Sasso del Ferro Laveno

The Sasso del Ferro is located just above Laveno. It can be reached by cable car or via a path but the most convenient option is certainly the cable car. From here we do not have a view of the 7 lakes but a special view of Lake Maggiore and the entire Borromean Gulf.

A dinner here is always a special event.

Lake Maggiore Italy Laveno: things to do?

4. Verbania and Villa Taranto

Verbania is a magnificent location and an excellent place to visit in any season. Verbania is made up of 3 smaller towns: Pallanza, Intra and Suna.

In Verbania, you can take long walks along the lakefront, visit the magnificent botanical gardens of Villa Taranto, take the boat to the Borromean Islands, the ferry to Laveno and much more.

5. Hermitage of Santa Caterina

The hermitage of Santa Caterina has the characteristic of being built on rock and not much above the lake’s level. It is very suggestive to observe from the lake and it is nice to observe the lake from the hermitage itself.

Watch the following video, where you can find out some helpful information on how to get to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso and where you can also discover the history of this place.

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Hi Everybody, our next stop? The Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso Lake Maggiore Italy.

The Hermitage of Santa Caterina is in my Top 10 things to see on Lake Maggiore.

It is an extraordinary place as it is set in the rock directly overlooking the waters of Lake Maggiore.

The Hermitage of Santa Caterina is a few kilometers from Laveno.

How to get to the Hermitage?

You have 2 options: by car or by boat.

If you choose the car option, you have to know that once you have parked the car, you have to go down a long staircase of 268 steps, which you then have to go up on the way back.

However, there is the possibility of taking the lift for a fee.

However, the best option to get to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina is by boat.

Much of the beauty, charm, and uniqueness of the hermitage can be appreciated when you observe it from the lake.

You can take the boat to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina from different locations: from Laveno, Stresa, and Verbania Pallanza for example.

Once you arrive at the Hermitage, you don’t need a lot of time to visit it: its main elements are a portico, a courtyard, and a small church.

What is the history of the Hermitage of Santa Caterina?

You can read some historical notes and other information in the subtitles while we still enjoy some scenes of the Hermitage.

According to tradition, the Hermitage was founded in 1170 by Alberto Besozzi, a wealthy local merchant.

This merchant escaped a shipwreck during a lake crossing.

So he made a vow to Saint Catherine to retire for the rest of his life in prayer and solitude in a cave on that stretch of coast and lead a hermit’s life there.

He then had a chapel dedicated to Santa Caterina built, currently visible at the bottom of the church. The chapel dates back to the 12th century.

The chapel was flanked by two other churches built by some Ispra nobles: San Nicola and Santa Maria Nova.

The existence of the two churches is certain starting from the fourteenth century.

As you can see, our visit is over. At this point, I greet you. Bye, and see you on the next adventure!

6. Cannero Riviera + Castles of Cannero + Cannobbio

Cannero Riviera

Hi Everybody! This is a beautiful walking tour in Cannero Riviera. Cannero Riviera is the Lake Maggiore town where our one-day adventure began on the 7th of December 2021. The city is empty, it’s only for us and we can enjoy all its beauty fully. This video starts at the Cannero beach and we walk all along the lakeside.

Lake Maggiore Italy Luino from the boat

Then we explore the historic town center with its so characteristic streets. The video ends while we are on the boat for Cannobio. Thanks to this boat tour we enjoy the lake coast view and we can see very well the Castles of Cannero. If you want to see, all these other adventures watch the videos that follow.

Castles of Cannero

Hi Everybody, we had a nice walk in Cannero Riviera in winter and we also planned to visit Cannobio. We could have been gone there by car because it takes only about 10 minutes but there is another option: the boat.

From the Imbarcadero of Cannero Riviera, you can take the boat for Cannobio. It’s true that in this way you spend more but it’s also true that you have beautiful views. From Cannero Riviera to Cannobio the boat went directly passing very close to the Castles of Cannero. Between the Lake Maggiore coast and the Castles of Cannero.

Instead, on the way back, the boat from Cannobio went first to Luino, on the other side of the lake, to go back then to Cannero Riviera. In this way, we admired better this part of Lake Maggiore and see the Castles of Cannero from another viewpoint.

Watch the following video!

Castles of Cannero Lake Maggiore Italy from the boat in winter

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Hi Everybody! We are on the Lake Maggiore. In this video, we see the Castles of Cannero from the boat. We see them first from the boat while sailing from Cannero Riviera to Cannobio.

These 2 villages are on the same side of Lake Maggiore, and therefore navigation is enjoyable as it allows us to admire this beautiful coast from the boat. We also pass very close to the Castles of Cannero and fully grasp their charm.

Now we are on the boat that goes from Luino to Cannero Riviera. Luino is on the opposite shore of Lake Maggiore from Cannero Riviera. This allows us to cross the entire lake going from one bank to another.

The crossing gives us a further away view of the Castles of Cannero, but it gives us beautiful images of this part of Lake Maggiore. We are very close to the border with Switzerland; in fact, Lake Maggiore also goes beyond the Swiss border.

We have now come to the end of this video. I greet you and see you in the following video! Like and subscribe. Bye!


Hi Everybody, in the recent videos, we were on the boat at Lake Maggiore. We passed close to the Castles of Cannero and admired the beauty of Lake Maggiore. If you watched our videos, you know that our destination was Cannobio. In this video, we finally get to Cannobio during our recent adventure at Lake Maggiore at the beginning of December. The weather was beautiful with sunshine. That’s true that on the boat, I got frozen to record this video, but in Cannero Riviera we had just had a relaxing walk on a pretty warm day of December. Of course, it was not hot because we are in December, but it was pleasing.

So we decided to have lunch in the main Cannobio square, you can see that it is in front of the lake. We really enjoyed the sun and so we said: let’s have lunch outside. The only problem was that the restaurant took a lot of time to bring us our food. What is the problem? In Cannero, the sun goes down in the early afternoon, especially because the mountain is very close to the town and the mountains hide the sun gradually. The result? At 2 pm, the restaurant was all in the shade and soon after all the other parts of the square. After a while, we were all frozen, also those more living of the cold (not me). We really enjoyed our time spent at Cannobio and we would like to go back also tomorrow. Still, if you can go to Cannobio in the morning, you have more time to eat outside when it’s sunny, also when the people in the restaurant take more time to bring you your order!.

Lake Maggiore Italy things to do: visit Cannobio!

Because without the sun it was cold, soon after lunch (after all it was 3 pm), we took the boat to come back to Cannero Riviera. Before getting to Cannero Riviera, the boat brought us to the other side of Lake Maggiore and stopped at Luino. On the other side of the lake, it was still sunny because the sun could still reach the town. From Luino to Cannero Riviera, I could enjoy the lake view, the Castles of Cannero, and a romantic sunset! You can see the pictures here in the following gallery.

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Hi Everybody! We are in Cannobio Lake Maggiore. We now see the beautiful panoramic navigation by boat to get to Cannobio and the beauty of Cannobbio from the boat. See you in the following video! Bye!

10. Luino Italy

Luino Lake Maggiore in winter seen from the boat:

Lake Maggiore Italy Luino from the boat

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