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Lake Maggiore

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Our most recommended Lake Maggiore Nature & Adventure

Borromean Islands Private Hop-On Hop-Off Boat from Stresa

1. Borromean Islands Private Hop-On Hop-Off Boat from Stresa

Avoid the restrictive schedules of most sightseeing tours and discover the beauty of Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands at your own pace. Avail of an exclusive private boat service between Stresa and the islands of Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Madre. Hop off and on as often as you like throughout the day. Relax aboard the comfortable boats as you take in the stunning views of the lake. Jump off at Isola Bella to visit the summer palace of Count Vitaliano VI. Stroll around the gardens of Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Madre. Find a nice spot for lunch in the fishing village on Isola dei Pescatori, the only island of the archipelago still inhabited.

Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands Sunset Cruise

2. Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands Sunset Cruise

Navigate the waters of Lake Maggiore with your group of family or friends on a sunset cruise from Stresa. Explore the Borromean Gulf admire the sights and scenery from the water as you pass by Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Bella. The boat you use throughout this activity is suitable for small groups of people for parties or a romantic getaway with your partner. Larger groups can also be accommodated inside of the boat, protected from the weather while still being able to enjoy wide views of the lake through the boat's large windows and open terrace area. Finish off your cruise with a tour of the most famous Island, Isola Bella from the lake view. Sail around the Borromeo Palace and see the Italian gardens and terraces, where, if you are lucky, you will be able to see some white peacocks peeking out.

Castelletto Ticino: Lake Maggiore Electric Boat Rental

3. Castelletto Ticino: Lake Maggiore Electric Boat Rental

This e-boat is ideal for a romantic outing or for an outing with good friends and family to enjoy nature away from the crowds. Enjoy a boat trip with electric power to explore the lake and its islands. Rent the boat for an afternoon and discover the beautiful Lake Maggiore. Create your own adventure and visit locations of most interest to you. Stop for a swim in pristine waters, or disembark on one of the islands of the lake to see what you can find. Enjoy an eco friendly activity as you create your own itinerary to explore the lake.

Lago Maggiore: Adventure Park with Panoramic View

4. Lago Maggiore: Adventure Park with Panoramic View

Buckle up and start your day with a climb up one of the exciting rope courses available. You can try them all, with over 40 challenges, there are loads of possibilities. After the climb, soar over the park with a 65 meter long zip line, taking in spectacular views along the way. After your arrival, you will meet an instructor and get a safety briefing, ensuring your adventure for the day goes smoothly. Enjoy the stunning view and fall in love with the wildlife above Maggiore Lake. For the small ones, a playground and a sand box to enjoy surrounded by nature is available. If you're hungry, why don't you try some of the local specialties at WunderBar or Grotto Carza restaurants, both plastic free and pet-friendly.

Cannobio: Guided Walking Tour with Aperitif

5. Cannobio: Guided Walking Tour with Aperitif

Your special walking tour begins right in the center of Cannobio, which is a little gem on Lake Maggiore. Your meeting point will be at 5:30PM in the old town. Whilst walking through its narrow streets you will learn of old traditions, curious stories, legends, and even of a miracle! The tour is designed to show you different points of interest of this ancient lake town, and continues on with a guided visit to the Sanctuary of S. Pietà on the stunning lakefront. At the conclusion of the tour, a very welcome aperitif complete with a lake view awaits all the tour participants!

From Milan: Stresa, Alps, & Lake Maggiore Half Day Tour

6. From Milan: Stresa, Alps, & Lake Maggiore Half Day Tour

On the borders of Piedmont, Lombardy, and Switzerland, spectacular Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy and known for its incredible beauty. Your tour will take you from Milan to picturesque Stresa, on the western shores of Lake Maggiore. Stresa is a lovely town with beautiful villas and gardens, some of which are open to the public. With a comfortable climate, Stresa offers stunning lake views, and you can also take the cable car up to Monte Mottarone for views of the Alps and the lakes. Next, hop on board for a cruise on Lake Maggiore, and admire the stunning scenery as the boat takes you out to the Borromean Islands. You'll visit Isola Bella, or "beautiful island," just offshore from Stresa. On this rich historical island you'll visit the Palazzo Borromeo, an exquisite palace dating back to the 17th century. You'll also be able to explore the beautiful palace gardens.

Stresa: Half-Day Lake Maggiore Tour

7. Stresa: Half-Day Lake Maggiore Tour

On the borders of Piedmont, Lombardy, and Switzerland, the spectacular Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy, known for its incredible beauty. With a comfortable climate, Stresa offers stunning lake views, and you can also take a cable car up to Monte Mottarone for views of the Alps and the surrounding lakes. Hop on board for a cruise on Lake Maggiore and admire the stunning scenery, as your boat takes you out to the Borromean Islands. Afterwards, travel to the Isola Bella or "beautiful island," just offshore from Stresa. On this rich historical island, you will visit the Palazzo Borromeo (entrance to the palace not included), an exquisite palace dating back to the 17th century. You'll also be able to explore the beautiful palace gardens. Later on, you will have free time in the Isola dei Pescatori for lunch, before your return transfer to Stresa by boat.

From Stresa/Baveno: Verbania Pallanza and Island boat Tour

8. From Stresa/Baveno: Verbania Pallanza and Island boat Tour

Leave Stresa behind and take a relaxing panoramic cruise around the Borromean Gulf, and make a stop in one of its most famous villas, Verbania Pallanaza. Cruise around the Borromean Gulf, famous all over the world for its unique admire some of the most characteristic epoch-style villas in the Verbano area and stop at one of the most famous villas in this area, Verbania Pallanza. Set sail for this tourist cruise admiring one of the most evocative views of Lake Maggiore, the Borromean Gulf, before disembarking in Verbania Pallanza. See a place where tourism and culture are more alive, from a village that looks like a balcony from which to enjoy splendid views of the lake, such as Villa Giulia or Villa Rusconi Clerici.See some of the most fascinating gardens and parks in Italy while in the area, whose splendor and perfect state of maintenance highlight the fabulous lake atmospheres.

Stresa: Private Cruise to Santa Caterina del Sasso

9. Stresa: Private Cruise to Santa Caterina del Sasso

Depart from the resort town of Stresa on a relaxing sightseeing cruise along the beautiful coastline to discover the lesser-known corners of Lake Maggiore. Admire architectural masterpieces such as "Villa Amalia Bernocchi" in Empire style, "Villa Carlottina Margherita" in Liberty style, "Villa Excelsior Niobe" in Castellano style, "Villa Vignolo Domus" and the most famous "Villa Pallavicino". Sailing away from the coast of Stresa, move in the direction of the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, which perched on a sheer rock face overlooking the lake is undoubtedly one of the most evocative scenarios of Lake Maggiore. Take unique photographs and enjoy a tour of the lake outside the classic itineraries but no less fascinating and rich in history.

Lago Maggiore: Monte Carza Outdoor Orienteering Tour

10. Lago Maggiore: Monte Carza Outdoor Orienteering Tour

From the meeting point at the Monte Carza parking, you will put on your hiking shoes and be greeted by the tour guide. During a 2 hours walk, you will discover all surroundings while enjoying the breathtaking view. You will learn how to use a compass, maps, and GPS to find your way in the wilderness. The area is geologically relevant since the lake Maggiore formed from a glacier and the rock layers are in perfect shape. On top of the mountain, you will be able to sit on the Big Bench and take pictures from there.

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What people are saying about Lake Maggiore

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 69 reviews

We originally reserved the private hop-on/hop-off experience with a tour guide, but unfortunately our guide was diagnosed with COVID before we arrived in Italy; however, it all worked out perfectly. Without the guide, we were on own own to explore the three Borromean Islands. We may have missed some highlights without the guide, but being on our "own time" was very enjoyable. This company runs a smooth and efficient operation as our boat was never more than 5-10 minutes away for a pick-up or drop-off. It may have been a little costly, but in my mind, well worth the convenience! Thanks!

Very good service, you have to contact the local partner the day before the expedition. We were led by Alessandro who was very professional. The advantage of doing a private race is the freedom to stop and take the boat whenever you want.

Internet booking for this activity carried out despite bad weather. the meeting point had been changed to allow us to board in better conditions. The pilot gave us a great ride despite the waves.

Very nice round trip on Lake Maggiore to Santa Catarina. Everything about the sights was explained to us, even in German. Kudos to the boatman. It's a great experience!

Great service, punctual, nice ride to the Borromean Islands