What to do on Lake Maggiore Italy

What to do on Lake Maggiore

 

What to do on Lake Maggiore Italy

Usually when people refer to “The Italian Lakes”, they mean Lakes Maggiore, Como and Lugano. Sometimes they also mean Lake Garda but that is several hours to the east. The three most famous lake, along with many other small ones nearby, can be combined to make a wonderful trip. Getting to Lake Maggiore is pretty straightforward: by train from Milan (it’s an ideal daytrip from Milan), it’s just an hour to the town of Stresa, an ideal base for exploring the area. And, it’s a perfect last stop on an itinerary that departs from Milan’s Malpensa airport, if you don’t want to stay in an airport hotel. What to do on Lake Maggiore? Spend the day enjoying the scenery of the Alps and of course the lake itself. Hop on a boat to visit the islands: Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Madre. Take a picturesque train ride. Take a cable car up for views. Go for a hike. Or just sit lakeside with a drink and a book.  Details below….

 

What to do on Lake Maggiore

The Isola dei Pescatori or Fisherman’s island is indeed just that: an island of fishermen. When I worked in the area as a hiking guide, one time we almost got stranded on this small island because it started raining and the ferries stopped running. We did find a nice fisherman to take us back, though. What a great setting for a relaxing lunch! The photo below is the Isola Pescatori with the Alps in the background.

What to do on Lake Maggiore Italy

 

Then take a boat to nearby Isola Bella, where both the palace and grounds are open for visiting.  Here’s a view of the gardens behind the palace on Isola Bella: 

What to do on Lake Maggiore Italy

 

And More

 

Photos by Sanjay

Client Testimonials

"We had a wonderful trip! We did so many amazing things and experienced many wonderful places yet never felt like..."

"We thank you so much for all you gave us, guided us to, arranged for, and detailed for us. Not..."

"We are in love with Venice and the Dolomites. The ski adventure was amazing and beyond anything we could have..."

"Absolutely everything that you planned went off without a hitch. Every tour, every restaurant, every train and activity came through..."

"Thank you again from all three of us for your help in planning such a delightful trip. I know that..."

"Madeline carefully planned a fabulous, personalized 19 day itinerary (Lake Garda, Dolomites, N/S Tuscany, Rome) that enabled us to be..."

Read More Client Testimonials

Italy Advice & Tips In Your Inbox

Italy Advice & Tips In Your Inbox

Italy Advice & Tips In Your Inbox

Join our mailing list to get the free Driving In Italy eBook

Your name(Required)
Free Driving In Italy eBook
Start Dreaming About Your Next Italy Trip

Start Dreaming About Your Next Italy Trip

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Your name(Required)