LAKE MAGGIORE AND LAKE ORTA
Lake Maggiore is 54 km long, with a coastline of over 150km and at its widest is 12 km. Like all the other Northern Italian lakes it is a deep glacial basin.
There is so much to see and do in this area from palaces, villas and gardens to markets, local festivals and concerts. There are walks for every ability and excursions If you have a car there are several itineraries that will introduce you to this beautiful area and some of the more "off the beaten track" places.
Isola Bella is the most well known of the Borromean Islands. Lying offshore from Stresa it is just a 10 minute boat ride away. Visit the opulent palace and monumental gardens Accessible by public transport
Villa Taranto Gardens are a magnificent collection of plants and flowers from all over the world in an English style garden. Cafe or restaurant
Isola Madre is home to a traditional Italian Villa decorated with frescoes and ornate furniture and the rambling gardens are a welcome retreat in the summer. Cablecar or chairlift
Isola Pescatori is a quaint fishing village located on an Island just 10 minutes boat ride from Stresa. An ideal place to visit for a leisurely lunch or after hours for a secluded dinner. Church of interest
The Umbrella Museum near Stresa, in Gignese is a wonderful collection of parasols and umbrellas as well as a history of the many families from the Gignese area who made them. Entrance fee
Villa Pallavicino is a 19th century villa surrounded by landscaped parkland containing beautiful plants, flowers and trees and a small zoo. Villa Pallavicino is just a 10 minute stroll along the lakefront from Stresa. Palace or villa
Stresa - Mottarone Cable Car takes you on a 20 minutes panoramic ride to Mount Mottarone. You can visit the Alpine Gardens at the mid-way stop and if you climb to the summit you can will have full 360° views over 7 lakes and the Alps. **Re-opened 13th August 2016** Town or village of interest
Alpyland is an alpine coaster/bob ride right at the summit of Mottarone. Enjoy the thrill of the 750m track with panoramic views over Lake Maggiore. Walking possible
Orta Sacro Monte (Sacred Mount) is one of nine in Piedmont and Lombardy and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its 20 chapels depict the life of St. Francis. Websiteù
The Rocca Borromeo in Angera is a fine medieval building with stunning views from its tower and an exceptional collection of dolls, toys and games in the Doll Museum. Wheelchair access
Santa Caterina del Sasso is a hermitage clinging to the rocks above Lake Maggiore and is a unique place to visit.
The Laveno Bucket Lift is an alternative way to see Lake Maggiore. As you ascend the slopes of Mount Sasso del Ferro there are panoramic views of Lake Maggiore and the Alps.