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Lake Maggiore

Culture & History

Our most recommended Lake Maggiore Culture & History

Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella Hop-on Hop-off Boat

1. Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella Hop-on Hop-off Boat

Discovery of the fishing village of Isola dei Pescatori, the only one of the Borromean Islands inhabited all year round. Explore its many charming alleys and stop to taste the typical dishes of the lake at one of the numerous restaurants. Then continue to Isola Bella, the queen of the Borromean Islands, where, in addition to the beautiful ancient village full of typical craft shops, you can decide to visit the Palazzo Borromeo with its wonderful gardens and peacocks ready to be photographed.

Cannobio: Guided Walking Tour with Aperitif

2. 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!

Lake Maggiore Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

3. 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: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

4. 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).

Lago Maggiore: Monte Carza Outdoor Orienteering Tour

5. 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.

Lake Maggiore Private Home Cooking Class

6. 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.

From Stresa: Isola Madre Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket

7. From Stresa: Isola Madre Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket

Discover the beauty of Isola Madre on a convenient Hop-On Hop-Off Boat from Stresa. Admire dazzling natural scenery dotted with azaleas and ancient vine trellises. Visit the attractions of the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore at your leisure. Enjoy frequent boat service every 30 minutes so you can explore Isola Madre's attractions. Check out its spectacular botanical garden (not included), photograph its splendid white peacocks, and more with a convenient Hop-On Hop-Off Boat ticket.

Stresa: Private Cruise to Santa Caterina del Sasso

8. 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.

Borromean Gulf: Sightseeing Cruise

9. Borromean Gulf: Sightseeing Cruise

Set sail on this Borromean Gulf cruise and admire the area’s sights and scenery from the water. Pass by Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Bella. Marvel at the Borromeo Palace. Leave from Stresa towards Isola Madre, famous for its gardens with tropical blooms and for its villa that will leave you speechless. After having made a complete tour around the island, head towards the fishing village of Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen's Island), the only island to be permanently inhabited all year round. Spot a set of ancient houses rich in history. Finish off your cruise with a tour of Isola Bella from the water. Sail around the Borromeo Palace and see the memorable gardens and terraces, where, if you are lucky, you will be able to see some white peacocks peeking out.

Lake Maggiore: Return Boat Transfer to Borromean Islands

10. Lake Maggiore: Return Boat Transfer to Borromean Islands

Explore a Borromean Island of your choice with a return boat transfer from Stresa. Take as much time as you want to see the sights before returning. Meet the boat directly at your hotel's dock and embark on a scenic ride across Lake Maggiore. Choose one of the islands to discover: Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, or Isola Madre. Relax on the boat and take in scenic views of the lake as you sail to the island. Stay and see the sights as long as you want, your boat will be waiting for you when you're done.

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What people are saying about Lake Maggiore

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 6 reviews

The experience is unique! Cinque Terre from the sea is of incomparable beauty. In addition, the boat stops twice to swim in blue waters with fish. Don't forget your swimsuit and bottles of water. Totally recommended!

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!

Everything went great. Very friendly and accommodating. When we put it on, we were immediately informed when he would be back.

A must see if you pass by this lake. Fabulous palace, superb island with shops and restaurants