Lake Maggiore
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Our most recommended Lake Maggiore Private Experiences

From Stresa/Baveno: Verbania Pallanza and Lake Panorama Tour

1. From Stresa/Baveno: Verbania Pallanza and Lake Panorama 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: Lake Maggiore and Isola Bella Private Boat Tour

2. Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Isola Bella Private Boat Tour

Explore Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore, and the surrounding area on this private taxi-boat tour. Discover all the mysteries and history of the Borromean Islands with a professional tour guide exclusive to your group. Start your excursion in Stresa Piazza Marconi either in the morning at 9:30 AM, or in the afternoon at 2:30 PM. Then set off on your customizable tour whose duration and timing will be at your discretion (about 2-4 hours). Stop at Isola Bella and take a guided tour of its architectural beauties with your knowledgeable guide. Stroll through the beautiful baroque gardens, and admire the wonderful views of the Borromean Gulf.

Lake Maggiore: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

3. Lake Maggiore: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Take part in an authentic, private dining experience at a local's home. You will get to enjoy an exclusive cooking show and to taste authentic recipes that have been treasured in family cookbooks and passed down by real Italian Mammas. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Enjoy a 4-course menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee).

Lake Maggiore Private Home Cooking Class

4. Lake Maggiore Private Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines.  During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

Lake Maggiore: Boat Tour with Hotel Pickup and Drop-off

5. Lake Maggiore: Boat Tour with Hotel Pickup and Drop-off

Cruise Lake Maggiore in your own private boat, operated by a driver who will take you around the lake and the 3 Borromean Islands. Soak up the enchanting atmosphere of one of Italy's largest and most well-known lakes. Admire the stunning scenery of the surrounding mountains and villages as you cruise. Choose the most suitable boat for your occasion, whether it be romantic or family-oriented. You can also opt for various tours or itineraries on your hour out on Lake Maggiore. Enjoy boating out to the Borromean Islands of Isola Bella, Isola Madre, and Isola Pescatori. You can also be taken to the coastal towns of Stresa, Verbania, and more.

Stresa: Private Cruise to Santa Caterina del Sasso

6. 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.

Lake Maggiore: Market & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

7. Lake Maggiore: Market & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

On this tour, you can go food shopping like a local with your "Cesarina", enjoying the distinctive Italian local markets and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. Then, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her/his family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish and dessert with drinks (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

Lake Maggiore Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

8. Lake Maggiore Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Go food shopping like a local with your host, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land.  Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

Lake Maggiore Discovery: Private Tour from Torino

9. Lake Maggiore Discovery: Private Tour from Torino

Get breathtaking views of Lake Maggiore, with the jaw-droppingly beautiful Borromean Islands and their spectacular gardens. Have a stroll in the charming village of Stresa, ride on a boat with your guide to admire the villas, fortresses, and castles along the lake’s shores. Discover stunning sceneries and an enriching historical-artistic legacy that render the Lake a truly magical place.

Lake Maggiore: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

10. Lake Maggiore: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at the Cesarina's home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by a glass of local wine. During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal to you the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic regional pasta recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Each participant will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines.

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What people are saying about Lake Maggiore

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Was a great trip to be taken to three islands in a private shuttle boat. Initially the disappointment because we assumed that we would have the boat available for € 200. We would have preferred to visit Verbania and sail relaxed over the lake. Renting the boat privately means that you and your group are only sailed back and forth on the boat to the three predetermined islands and you can call the skipper 15 minutes before you want to leave so that he will pick you up again. Is luxurious, not long lines that you have to connect to - and wait until the right shuttle boat passes. Hop On hop OFF costs € 60 (in our case with 5 people)

Beautiful ride on the lake and its islands

In fact we opted for a private boat, thinking that it would be waiting for us on each island. But no, we had to call 10-15 min before. It is a bit of a shame because it is not what we expected. To see if it was the best option in view of the price. there may be a better solution. Otherwise efficient service and pleasant welcome every time

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!

The service was extremely efficient and quick. The quida explained many things to us about these beautiful islands.