Lake Maggiore
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  • 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: Lake Maggiore Sunset Cruise

    2. Cannobio: Lake Maggiore Sunset Cruise

    What could be better than a relaxing lake cruise at the end of a hard day? This is your opportunity to go from Cannobio by private boat to admire the famous "Castelli di Cannero Riviera", which has been a pirates' hideout in the past. You can enjoy a delicious aperitif in good company, as you socialize onboard your comfortable boat. During the cruise, you will have plenty of time to take photos, and learn more about this wonderful side of Lake Maggiore. Your cruise will take approximately 1.5 hours, and will end once back in Cannobio. Once back at the port, you will discover many restaurants and cafès which will be available for you to choose from.

  • Cannobio: Guided Walking Tour with Aperitif

    3. 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 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.

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

    5. 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.

  • Borromean Gulf: Sightseeing Cruise

    6. 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.

  • Stresa: Private Cruise to Santa Caterina del Sasso

    7. 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.

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What people are saying about Lake Maggiore

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 6 reviews

We really enjoyed the peace and quiet and the drive. It would be very pleasant if he explained something about the surroundings, for example something about the ruins of the Pirate Castle and its renovation. There is definitely something to tell about the history of Lake Magiore. With best regards Dagmar and Erst-Jürgen

Many thanks for the wonderful and competent guidance. We really enjoyed it and all of our questions were answered comprehensively. We will recommend this beautiful tour to our friends.

Interesting city walk, we learned a lot that we didn't know about Cannobio. Delicious aperitivo, included in the best cafe, we were welcomed nicely there too. Thanks Simona

Excellent, advice

Very nice romantic positive experience since my wife was with me, too bad it lasts only an hour and a half, but I highly recommend it. Thanks

Our guide Simons was kind and very knowledgeable Great tour !