Lake maggiore, with a length of just under 66 km, is the second largest lake in italy, picturesquely embedded between switzerland and the italian region of piedmont and lombardy. thanks to the mild climate and quite warm weather, a vacation on lago maggiore is suitable all year round. The up to 280 sunny days per year naturally also have an effect on the water temperature – for example, lago maggiore measures a maximum of 24 degrees in the summer and still 11 degrees in the autumn and winter respectively. Spring. This popular lake offers everything you need for a perfect and varied vacation needed: an idyllic natural setting, clear water, charming fishing villages and towns, magnificent water castles as well as the majestic alps in the background. Swimming, surfing, sailing, diving, canoeing and hiking are just a few of the many leisure activities in the surrounding area that the lake invites you to do.
experience the most beautiful places on lago maggiore
around lago maggiore there are impressive small villages and towns, whose centuries old houses all tell their own story. Among the most beautiful places is the fascinating city of stresa. old villas and imposing castles characterize the townscape. Already lord byron, stendhal and charles dickens have enjoyed the unique flair of the city. In the center you will find a variety of historical buildings such as the villa ducale or also the villa pallavicino with an idyllic park. But a trip to arona, known as the gateway to lake maggiore, is also worthwhile. stroll along the beautiful promenade and feel the italian way of life. Here you will find plenty of peace and relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of everyday stress! During a long walk you will see on the opposite side of the lake the rocca di angera mountain fortress, which is also worth a visit. In the middle of the castle walls you can admire a 12th century courtroom. century, an old wine press dating back to the 17th century. admire the nineteenth century castle and its wine cellar.
Hiking vacation in the national park
For those who prefer to get out of the city and into the nature at the lake, the 1992 founded national park val grande the ideal destination. With a total area of more than 15.000 hectares and lush chestnut and beech forests, the park is the largest wilderness reserve of the entire alpine region. For inexperienced hikers, trails with information boards offer good orientation. Advanced skiers can of course also go on larger tours.
Wonderful islands on lago maggiore
A special highlight of lago maggiore on the italian side are certainly the borromean islands – isola bella, isola madre and isola die pescatori. The group of islands is named after the Borromeo family, who owned the islands for centuries. on the isola bella you can visit the splendid estate of the borromeos, where you can admire numerous works of art, furniture, statues and stuccowork. In a room of the summer palace once even napoleon spent the night! look forward to impressive palaces and beautiful parks with an outstanding variety of plants. But also the swiss part of the lago maggiore knows how to inspire. The isole brissago form a unique botanical garden, which will enchant you with a fascinating fauna. The home of over 1.600 different plants have attracted in the past many musicians, painters, sculptors and all kinds of other artists to be enchanted by the scent of flowers.
Discover a variety of places of interest
One of the most beautiful and at the same time most popular sights on lake maggiore is the sanctuary sacro monte di ghiffa, which since 2003 even belongs to the UNESCO world cultural heritage and is enthroned on the sacro monte. A hike up the mountain is rewarded with a unique view of the lake. Visit also the holy mountain of the madonna del sasso, one of the most important religious places in the canton of ticino in switzerland. The sanctuary is located on a spectacular rocky promontory from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the town of Locarno and the lake. Worth the climb on foot, passing a wonderful landscape and picturesque chapels. Or you can reach the mountain with the rack railroad from locarno. A rather rare sight is the castello di cannero – a castle that seems to be built directly on the water of lago maggiore. by boat you can go from the village of connero to the opposite islands and admire the historical walls of the castle from close up. No matter which of the numerous excursions you choose, lago maggiore offers a lot of entertainment and new impressions that will make your vacation a real experience.
Vacations for the whole family
lago maggiore offers pure variety and is therefore well suited for an eventful vacation with children. Camping is particularly recommended in the well-equipped campsites along the lake. During the day you can play, splash and much more; in the evening you can sit around the campfire and tell stories. What could be better than spending your vacations with the family in the nature camping? For those who prefer to have a solid roof over their head, there are also numerous vacation apartments at your disposal.
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7-day car tour: lake lucerne and lake maggiore
Learn about two picturesque lakes on your individual car tour "swiss lake world" know. From Lake Lucerne you will go to the enchanting lake maggiore. We have put together a package for you, where you can relax and unwind.
Numerous leisure activities in and around the lake
No matter if swimming, sailing, surfing or canoeing: at the lakes there are many possibilities to spend your free time. stroll along the promenades and in the beautiful parks or get active hiking and biking. For the more adventurous, a scuba dive will allow you to discover the underwater world of the lakes from a different point of view. Or would a driveway to the brissago islands on lago maggiore more for you? A few unforgettable moments are waiting for you.
Excursions worth seeing
While you’re lingering on the shores of Lake Lucerne, you should also find a trip to lucerne ("the city of lights") make. The wooden chapel bridge is characteristic for the cityscape. But also the architectural masterpieces like the water tower, the jesuit church and the musegg wall you must have seen.
Relaxed and individual with the auto- you decide!
Of course, you can complete your seven-day trip personalize with as many intermediate stops as you like. If one day you are looking for peace and quiet and the next day you are looking for excitement, of course it is possible. You have the steering wheel in your hand!
get to know lake lucerne and lago maggiore during your car tour!
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8-day car tour of the upper italy lakes
The landscape of the upper italy lakes provides you with picturesque nature, sunshine, contentment and peace of mind. depending on the route, you can expect beautiful landscapes and pretty places like limone sul garda, sirmione, bergamo and arona.
„Bella italia" on lake garda where else?
Also the largest of the upper italy lakes and at the same time the largest lake in italy, the lake garda, must not miss on your trip. In the beautiful limone sul garda arrived at the terraced rocky outcrop, you can spend the vacation of your dreams. Above limone sul garda you will find a picturesque landscape with olive groves and lemon trees. Take a walk on lake garda and get a break from everyday life. "Bella italia!
The south of the lake garda enchants all your senses
Mild climate, thermal baths and pure romance await you in sirmione, on the southern shore of lake garda. It is considered one of the most wonderful cities in this region and simply captivates everyone! Also the contemplative pozzolengo – a charming village in the middle of the imposing moraine hills – awaits you with magnificent villas and historical buildings!
Mediterranean flair around arona
On your way is a detour to bergamo, one of the most beautiful cities in italy, highly recommended. Also the pretty fashion metropolis milan, one of the oldest shopping malls in the world and numerous sights such as the UNESCO world cultural heritage santa maria delle grazie has to offer, you should not miss it.
Not only the old town of arona with its winding streets and historic buildings is well worth a visit castle rocca di arona üover the charming little town and the statue of san carone, with a height of about 35 m, surpassed only by the new york statue of liberty, are more than impressive. The lago maggiore with its mediterranean climate and clear water is a eldorado for active vacationers, but also offers numerous oasis of peace, art and culture. Our tip: take a boat trip to the barromean islands!
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8-day car tour switzerland – italy – france
Nature lovers take note! You long for fresh mountain air, crystal clear lakes, untouched countryside and mediterranean climate? Then this route is just the right one for an adventurous car trip through the switzerland, northern italy and the french alps, where you can walk through different climatic zones and be surprised by some natural wonders!
First highlight is the lake lucerne in central switzerland: the 114 km² large bathing lake attracts with a breathtaking mountain panorama, secluded bays and places worth seeing, such as lucerne. on the way to your next destination, you will cross the alps and experience the change from the fresh, alpine climate to the more subtropical, mediterranean zone. Visit the sophisticated lugano, in swiss ticino before you arrive on lake como arrive. Known by the locals as lario for short, it is one of the three largest of the upper italy lakes and enjoys, still, special popularity among the beautiful and rich. Take a boat trip across the lake and marvel at the numerous luxurious domiciles that are perched on the shores and are home to international celebrities. No wonder- this blue jewel, amidst stately mountains, magnificent villas and artistic gardens, is a true beauty!
La dolce vita experience with guarantee also at your next stop, at the much sung about lake maggiore. With an area of over 212 km² it is not only second largest lake in italy, but also sees itself as a recreational area and a place of longing for sun worshippers, garden lovers, hikers and water sports enthusiasts. Its image is characterized by dreamy fishing villages and charming tourist resorts, which offer everything that makes the heart of every holidaymaker beat faster, and each place has its own charm. original, authentic and at the same time urban, distinguished- üsee for yourself the myth of this enchanting region!
On your onward journey towards french alps you should consider a visit to the fashion metropolis milan with the imposing dome not to be missed. Your next highlight is located on the border between italy and france and is 4 km high.810 meters of altitude europe’s highest mountain: the mighty mont blanc, also the "roof of europe called. on your way to your next accommodation in a french mountain village we recommend a side trip to the lake geneva. So seemingly quiet and innocent, it offers an impressive backdrop of alpine panorama and wine terraces and reveals a multifaceted cultural and lifestyle life.
the last stage destination – but no less spectacular for that – is the car-free mountaineering village of zermatt, in the swiss valais. At the foot of the impressive matterhorns situated, it combines high alpine character and tranquil mountain village romance in a very special way…and with over 300 days of sunshine it is definitely a year-round destination!
Book today your personal adventure through three countries that could not be more different!