Top 10 Lake Maggiore Italy things to do and amazing towns

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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.

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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!

Cannobio

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!

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10. Luino Italy

Luino Lake Maggiore in winter seen from the boat:

Lake Maggiore Italy Luino from the boat

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Top 5 Lake Maggiore Baveno Italy Things to do. If you are in Baveno here are the 5 best things to do:

  1. The lakeside of Baveno
  2. The Borromean Islands: see the Borromean Gulf and the 3 Borromean Islands Lake Maggiore: a real gem
  3. Stresa Italy
  4. Feriolo.
  5. Verbania: see Top 10 Lake Maggiore Verbania what to do?

Baveno Lake Maggiore in Winter what to do?

Baveno is a perfect place to visit in Spring and Summer but it’s also a good idea in winter. What can I do in Baveno in Winter? Let’s watch the following video to find a very good idea for a special day!

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Hi everybody, we are in Baveno on Lake Maggiore in winter. Let’s enjoy this relaxing walk. Our final destination is Fisherman Island or Isola Pescatori. In front of us is the famous Hotel Dino. Very famous hotel here on the lake.

And then in front of us is Pallanza, where we see the characteristic bell tower of the church. Then we have the Isola Madre or Mother Island and then Laveno, where you can take the cable car to get to the top of the Sasso del Ferro. And here on the other side, we have the other 2 islands.

The Beautiful Island and the Fisherman Island. And as we said, here the famous Dino hotel. Let’s continue our walk!

This is very cute. Because we can see all these flowers. And then we always have a view of the 2 islands. Now they can be seen in the distance. The Beautiful Island and the Fisherman Island.

Here in Baveno you can walk quietly. And in front of us … … we also have the Imbarcadero or landing stage. Where you can take the boat. For the Islands. Or for Pallanza for example.

It is now December and therefore everything is very quiet. Few people around. But during the summer there are many people. Here we are at the Imbarcadero or landing stage right in front of us.

Where we can take the boat for, in our case, the Fisherman Island or Isola Pescatori. Going to the Fisherman Island or Isola Pescatori is a good idea even in winter because there are so many good restaurants.

We are now on the boat because we’re having lunch at the Isola Pescatori! We can now see the Fisherman Island or Isola Pescatori! We’re now arrived!

See you in the following video! Bye!

The lakeside of Baveno Italy

Here are some pictures of the Baveno lakefront.

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Feriolo

Feriolo is a small town on Lake Maggiore and remains under the municipality of Baveno. Feriolo is one of the most characteristic villages of Lake Maggiore and has its own unmistakable profile.

If you don’t have much time to dedicate to this location, I recommend that you park your car in the parking lot that you find right on the main road.

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From here with a few steps, you can reach the gazebo which offers you a beautiful view of Feriolo di Baveno.

I personally love to stop and admire Feriolo both during the day and in the evening. Feriolo is really beautiful in the evening. In fact, the moment of the day I prefer to admire Feriolo is in the evening, when the lights of the town are reflected on the lake and the town takes on a magical atmosphere.

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What to do in Feriolo?

Here are the main things to do in Feriolo:

  1. See the country from a gazebo and take a nice selfie here
  2. Take a nice walk around the lakefront
  3. In the summer, relax and sunbathe on the beach: Feriolo, for being such a small town on Lake Maggiore, is full of beaches. In particular we have one in front of the town center when the lake level is not too high and a wide beach at the bottom, after the town.
  4. Try the restaurants and choose your favorite restaurant. Did you know there’s a restaurant on a boat here?

Feriolo in winter

Feriolo in winter is an extremely quiet place, even too quiet. If you want to take a nice walk, Feriolo is an excellent idea, but on the lakefront, it is easy to find everything closed. If you want to find some open bars you have to head towards the main road. At this point, if you want to eat or have breakfast, better choose Baveno, Verbania, or the Fisherman Island.

Enjoy this beautiful walk in Feriolo in winter, in the following video we are in the first days of December.

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Lake Maggiore Verbania what to do? Verbania is a beautiful city on Lake Maggiore. There are really a lot of things to do and visit here. If you have only a few days there are 5 things you can easily visit and they are:

  1. Pallanza Lakefront and Villa Giulia
  2. Isola Madre or Mother Island
  3. Villa Taranto’s Gardens
  4. Suna beach
  5. The center of Intra

For a better visit to Verbania and the nearby there are 10 things you should visit:

  1. Pallanza Lakefront and Villa Giulia
  2. Isola Madre or Mother Island
  3. Villa Taranto’s Gardens
  4. Suna beach
  5. The center of Intra
  6. The Fisherman Island and the beautiful Island
  7. Laveno and the Sasso del Ferro
  8. Stresa
  9. Hermitage of Santa Caterina
  10. Mottarone
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Lake Maggiore Verbania what to do

1. Pallanza Lakefront

Walking along the lakefront of Pallanza is really pleasant. You can enjoy a wonderful panorama and get up to Suna.

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In the following series of videos, I take you on a virtual walk along the Verbania lakefront From Pallanza to Suna.

Video 1 Verbania Pallanza

Hello everyone! We are in Pallanza Verbania on Lake Maggiore. In front of us, we see Villa Giulia. Villa Giulia was built in 1847 by Bernardino Branca, the inventor of Fernet. It was his son who dedicated the villa to his wife Giulia. This is why it is called Villa Giulia.

In front of us is the Milano restaurant and behind the bell tower of the church of San Leonardo. The statue placed on the column of the port acts as a hydrometer and shows the levels of the historic floods of Lake Maggiore.

Here is the stump of the great centuries-old tree to which many Pallanzesi was particularly fond of, felled by the storm that occurred precisely on the date shown on the plate. The small island that is only a few tens of meters from the shore of Pallanza is the Isolino di San Giovanni. The islet of San Giovanni is not as famous as the other Borromean Islands but it always has its charm.

The history of the Isolino di San Giovanni is linked to the famous conductor Arturo Toscanini, who chose it as a place to stay in peace, in the company only of a close circle of friends. We continue our walk admiring the beautiful flowering trees and the romantic panorama of Lake Maggiore.

In Pallanza Lago Maggiore there is still a lot to see… our walk continues in the next video!

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  • 00:00 Initials
  • 00:10 Villa Giulia Pallanza
  • 01:11 Milano Pallanza restaurant
  • 01:27 Walk to the marina
  • 02:19 Statue placed on the port column
  • 03:24 View of the bars and hotels on the lakefront of Pallanza
  • 04:08 Walk on the pier
  • 04:46 Island of San Giovanni Verbania
  • 05:50 Monument dedicated to General Cadorna
  • 07:00 Covered avenue
  • 07:31 View of the Isola Madre Lake Maggiore
  • 07:44 Stump of the great old tree
  • 08:20 Walk towards flowering trees
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Villa Giulia Pallanza

The name of Villa Giulia was given by the old owner Giuseppe Branca (the producer of the famous Amaro Fernet Branca) in honor of his wife Giulia in 1880. After several changes of ownership, the Villa Giulia is now owned by the Municipality of Verbania which, in addition to its park is open to the public and uses it to organize exhibitions and shows.

In the park, you can walk along gravel paths surrounded by majestic trees of different types and beautiful flowers of various colors. There are also benches where you can sit and admire the splendid views of the lake.

Villa Giulia overlooks the part of the lake that forms the Borromeo Gulf where there are four islands with palaces of the Borromeo family and the whole forms an unforgettable spectacle. In the garden, there is also a bar where you can sip a drink immersed in an environment reminiscent of fairy tales.

Inside the beautiful Villa Giulia, events and shows are often organized, open to the public, which are very pleasant and interesting. Yes, Villa Giulia with its garden is certainly a pearl of Verbania Pallanza and Lake Maggiore.

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Hello, here we are in Verbania Pallanza on Lake Maggiore. Pallanza is a pleasant and touristic place. In the summer, residents and tourists love to enjoy the lakefront by walking or enjoying something in one of the bars and restaurants.

In moments of calm like this, however, there are those who take the opportunity to enjoy Pallanza in peace. There are those who sing carefree and example. Who reserves a private body of water.

Our walk along the lakefront of Pallanza continues in another video… Follow us!

Verbania Pallanza Video 3

Lake Maggiore What to see: Verbania Pallanza lakeside. Lake Maggiore Verbania history Pallanza.

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Hello everyone! Here we are ready to continue our walk along the lakefront of Pallanza. We have just passed the landing stage and we are enjoying this splendid stretch of Lake Maggiore in tranquility. We also stop in front of the sign that tells the story of Pallanza and that gives us some interesting information about this splendid location. Let’s read together….

Our walk continues in the next video where we will reach the swimming pool overlooking the lake and the beach.

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  • 00:00 Tripilar abbreviation
  • 00:10 Lungolago Pallanza Lake Maggiore
  • 00:30 History of Pallanza Lake Maggiore
  • 00:48 Music and lake
  • 01:27 Name meaning Pallanza Lake Maggiore
  • 01:51 Medieval vestiges
  • 02:17 Lungolago Pallanza images
  • 03:54 Castagnola Hill
  • 04:46 Walk through Suna
  • 07:32 In the next video
  • 07:42 More videos

Verbania Pallanza Video 4

After a short break in this very special corner, we can continue our walk along the Verbania lakeside. In the previous videos from Pallanza, we have now arrived in Suna.

Just below us, we are now seeing the swimming pool beach, the lake pool, and the free beach. This beach is certainly perfect in summer when it is possible to lie down to sunbathe and swim but it has its beauty in every season. It is in fact beautiful and relaxing just to sit on the steps to admire the view … and the nice friends who come to visit you.

Continuing our journey we see some very characteristic corners of the Verbania lakeside, up to the old Suna pier, where we now find a bar that is clearly called the Imbarcadero bar. Going beyond the dock bar we enter the heart of the Suna lakefront but see in the next video!

Verbania Suna Video 5

The video is in Italian but you can enable the subtitles in your favorite language.

2. Isola Madre or Mother Island

Isola Madre, already owned by the Borromeo family from around 1500, is now worth a visit, especially for its garden. Today that of Isola Madre is a unique botanical garden for rare plant essences from all over the world.

In spring-summer, you can appreciate the beauty of the gardens of Isola Madre already from the boat. The vegetation that covers it is always something beautiful to admire.

It is important to know that access to Isola Madre is only possible with the purchase of the ticket. In fact, when you get off the boat you will immediately find the entrance gate.

This is in fact a substantial difference compared to other Borromean Islands such as Isola Bella, in which there is the palace and gardens to be visited with an entrance ticket but also a free area with stalls, bars, and restaurants.

Isola Madre Image Gallery

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Lake Maggiore Verbania what to do: visit the Mother Island

3. Gardens of Villa Taranto

The Gardens of Villa Taranto are famous all over the world for their beauty. In 2016 they were declared the most beautiful gardens in the world even beating the gardens of Versailles.

4. Suna beach

Suna Beach is a great place to relax in the spring and sunbathe in the summer.

Image Gallery Suna Beach

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5. Center of Intra

Intra includes the most commercial part of Verbania. The center of Intra is full of shops and a great place to shop.

6. The Fisherman Island and the beautiful Island

7. Laveno and the Sasso del Ferro Cable car

The Laveno cable car or better known as the cable car for the shape of its cabins is a beautiful panoramic cable car that takes you comfortably to the Sasso del Ferro. The Sasso del Ferro is the mountain that lies just behind Laveno. The Sasso del Ferro enjoys a privileged position as it is a beautiful observation point of Lake Maggiore and the surrounding area.

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8. Stresa

Stresa Italy – Stresa is a gorgeous town on Lake Maggiore. It has beautiful gardens, luxury hotels and a beautiful view of the Borromean Islands.

Stresa can be a good place to relax drinking your cocktail and enjoying the lake view but in Stresa and in nearby, there is also a lot to visit. Let’s see together the Top 5 places you should visit. See also Stresa Italy Lake Maggiore Top 5 things to do

9. Hermitage of Santa Caterina

A very characteristic place of Lake Maggiore is the Hermitage of Santa Caterina. This Hermitage which seems to be set in the rock is located not far from Laveno. To visit the hermitage it is only necessary to pay the cost of the boat because the entrance is usually included in the boat ticket.

Even from Verbania Pallanza, it is possible to reach the Hermitage by boat. From Pallanza take the boat, get off at Stresa and with the same ticket purchased in Pallanza take the boat to the Hermitage. Since you have to change the boat in Stresa, this is an excellent opportunity to take a walk along the lakeside of this luxuriant location. In fact, when you arrive in Stresa from Pallanza you are not obliged to take the next boat to the Hermitage.

If you go in the afternoon, however, I advise you to carefully consider the timetables as there are fewer boats.

Taking the boat to the Eremo da Pallanza, for about 12-13 euros per person, take a beautiful panoramic tour of Lake Maggiore. Steps for Isola Madre, for Baveno, see Isola Pescatori, Isola Bella and Stresa from the lake.

10. Mottarone

Mount Mottarone is unique! From the top of Mottarone you can have an amazing view of 7 lakes:

  1. Lake Maggiore
  2. Lake Orta
  3. Lake Mergozzo
  4. Lake Varese
  5. Lake Monate
  6. Lake Camabbio
  7. Lake Biandronno

See also the following post: Mottarone Stresa Lake Maggiore

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Lake Maggiore: Top 10 Stresa Italy things to do – Stresa is a gorgeous town on Lake Maggiore. It has beautiful gardens, luxury hotels, and a beautiful view of the Borromean Islands.

Stresa can be a good place to relax drinking your cocktail and enjoying the lake view but in Stresa and in nearby, there is also a lot to visit. Let’s see together the Top 5 places you should visit.

Stresa Italy Lake Maggiore
Top 10 Stresa Italy things to do Lake Maggiore

Stresa Italy things to do

In Stresa, there are several things you can see and visit. Stresa what to visit:

  1. Walk along the lake to the cable car
  2. Visit the Borromean Islands
  3. Visit the Hermitage of Santa Caterina
  4. Visit the Mottarone (Mottarone Stresa)
  5. Visit the Pallavicino Park
  6. Center of Stresa
  7. Pallanza lake side
  8. Botanical Gardens Villa Taranto Verbania
  9. Feriolo
  10. Baveno

1. Stresa Italy lakefront – Stresa Italy walking tour

In this video, I will take you on a beautiful walk along the lakefront of Stresa Lago Maggiore. We start our tour here, where private motorboats stop in high season to take you to visit the Borromean Islands. The video is in Italian but you can activate the subtitles in your language.

Top 10 Stresa Italy things to do Lake Maggiore: lakeside

Behind us, we also have the Stresa pier where you can take the boat to visit the islands and other places on Lake Maggiore such as the Hermitage of Santa Caterina, Verbania, and Baveno.

In front of us, we see Isola Bella. Until 1630 Isola Bella was only a rock inhabited by fishermen. Today, it is one of the most beautiful things to visit on Lake Maggiore for the magnificent Borromeo palace and its gardens, which have been included among the most beautiful gardens in the world by sites and specialized magazines.

Just turning our gaze, we also see the mother island. Isola Madre, already owned by the Borromeo family since about 1500, is now worth a visit, especially for its garden. Today, the one on Isola Madre is a unique botanical garden for rare plant essences worldwide that finds an excellent home here on Lake Maggiore thanks to the mild and favorable temperatures. Behind the Isola Madre, along the coast, we can see Verbania and, more precisely, Pallanza and Suna’s areas.

Along with this lakefront stretch, we have the beach, the public parks, the private gardens of the hotels, and the bars that overlook the lake. On the left, we have the luxurious hotels for which Stresa is also famous. Here is the indication for Mottarone. From this road, it is in fact possible to reach the top of Mount Mottarone by car. From Mottarone, you have a magnificent view not only on Lake Maggiore but on a total of 7 lakes! From Mottarone, you can, in fact, see the

  1. Lago Maggiore
  2. Lago d’Orta
  3. Lago di Mergozzo
  4. Lago di Varese
  5. Lago di Monate
  6. Lago di Camabbio
  7. Lago Biandronno

We have now reached the end of this walk together. From here, it is, however, possible to continue on foot. In fact, after a stretch of sidewalk that runs along the road, you can get to another walk that runs along the lakefront and ends at the square, where it is possible to take the cable car to the Mottarone. This place is one of the most beautiful places to take a picture or take a selfie due to Isola Bella and Pescatori’s proximity.

Top 10 Stresa Italy things to do Lake Maggiore: Carciano

2. Borromean Islands Lake Maggiore

The islands we can visit from Stresa are 3.

  1. Isola Bella
  2. Isola Pescatori
  3. Isola Madre

In the following video, you can see a beautiful view of the magnificent Borromean Islands Lake Maggiore. It’s a winter morning and the sun still timidly warms Lake Maggiore. In front of us, we have the Pescatori island, then the Madre island, and again behind the magnificent Verbania. On our right, we cannot forget Isola Bella.

Top 10 Stresa Italy things to do Lake Maggiore

You can see something more about the Stresa Islands in the following video:

Top 10 Stresa Italy things to do Lake Maggiore

Isola Pescatori Stresa

Isola Pescatori is a very cute and characteristic little island. On this island, you can relax, have a good lunch and enjoy the beautiful corners of this island. In the following video, we do a beautiful walking tour of the Isola Pescatori Stresa.

Top 10 Stresa Italy things to do Lake Maggiore

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new adventure! Today we are at Lake Maggiore. We explore the Isola Superiore or Isola Pescatori, which means Fishermen’s Island.

The Isola Pescatori can be easily reached by boat from Stresa, Verbania Pallanza and Baveno. To take the boat, you don’t need to buy the ticket in advance or make a reservation. You can also buy the ticket just before boarding.

Access to Isola Pescatori is free. You do not have to pay any entrance fee apart from a small tax from the municipality of Stresa, already included in the amount paid to take the boat.

When is the best period to visit Isola Pescatori? Naturally, the best time is during the spring and summer, but it is also good to come during the winter.

Why come to Isola Pescatori? Because it is very characteristic and beautiful to visit, especially after a good lunch in one of the good restaurants you can find here. Hours spent on this island are always unique.

After lunch, we take some pictures in one of the most instagrammable places on the island. From here you can see very well the beautiful palace of the nearby Isola Bella or Beautiful Island.

Behind Isola Bella, there is Stresa. Now we see the restaurant and hotel Verbano. Then, on the right, we have the Isola Madre with Verbania behind it.

Let’s now go to the opposite side of Pescatori Island to see Isola Madre and Verbania better. In doing so, we will see some of the very characteristic places of the island.

This side of the island with this view is also beautiful. What do you think? If you prefer this view, you can choose to have lunch in one restaurant on this side of the island.

We are walking along the tree-lined avenue that we saw from the boat! In front of us, we see Baveno!

We are now back to our starting point, but there is also a lot to explore. Let’s now pass through the main street of this narrow island and admire the views that this path also gives us.

Ok! It’s time to relax while waiting for the next boat to arrive.

Isola Pescatori Photo Gallery

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Isola Bella or Beautiful Island

Isola Bella is the island of the Borromean Islands closest to Stresa. From the lakefront of Stresa, you can clearly see the gardens on various levels of Isola Bella. Taking the boat from Stresa you can reach Isola Bella in a few minutes.

When you get off on the island you can visit the area where you will find various stalls, shops, bars, and restaurants without paying any entrance fee. However, the most beautiful part is the one inside the Borromeo palace.

By paying for the entrance ticket you can visit both the villa overlooking Lake Maggiore and the gardens. If you are in Stresa it is definitely worth visiting the island and the palace.

Video Beautiful Island

In the following video, you can see the beauty of Isola Bella from the lake.

Top 10 Stresa Italy things to do Lake Maggiore: The Beautiful Island

Beautiful Island photo gallery

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Isola Madre

Isola Madre, already owned by the Borromeo family since about 1500, is now worth a visit, especially for its garden. Today, the one on Isola Madre is a unique botanical garden for rare plant essences worldwide that finds an excellent home here on Lake Maggiore thanks to the mild and favorable temperatures.

In the Isola Madre, you can also visit the old Villa that was the Borromean residence before the construction of the Beautiful Island Palace.

Isola Madre Photo Gallery

Isola Madre is also the ideal destination for those who are in Verbania Pallanza. In fact, taking the boat from the Pallanza pier you will arrive in a few minutes on this island which is part of the Borromean Islands.

In spring-summer, you can appreciate the beauty of the gardens of Isola Madre already from the boat. The vegetation that covers it is always something beautiful to admire. Access to Isola Madre is only possible with the purchase of the ticket. In fact, when you get off the boat you will immediately find the entrance gate. This is important to know before planning your visit to Isola Madre.

This is in fact a substantial difference compared to other Borromean Islands such as Isola Bella, in which there is the palace and gardens to visit with an entrance ticket but also a free area with stalls, bars, and restaurants.

3. Hermitage of Santa Caterina

A very characteristic place of Lake Maggiore is the Hermitage of Santa Caterina. This Hermitage which seems to be set in the rock is located not far from Laveno and not in Stresa. However, Stresa is an excellent and convenient starting point for taking the boat that takes you directly to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina. To visit the hermitage it is only necessary to pay the cost of the boat because the entrance is usually included in the boat ticket.

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Top 10 Stresa Italy things to do Lake Maggiore: Hermitage of Santa Caterina

The hermitage is very characteristic as it is a building built on the rock in front of the lake. I recommend a visit to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina da Stresa not only because it is interesting to see but also because the boat ride to reach it is really pleasant.

Photo Gallery of the Hermitage of Santa Caterina

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