Lago Maggiore Travel Guide
beautiful lakeside villages and...
beautiful lakeside villages and...
Isola dei Pescatori
Isola Madre - The Largest of the 3 Islands
After we paid for our boat rides and tickets for entrance to Isola Madre and Isola Bella we hoped on board our boat for the short 5 minute hop over to our first island Isola Madre. The day started out nice and clear with the temperatures in the upper 60's so it was just an...
Sights while driving around Lake Maggiore
There are so many things to do and see around the Lake Maggiore you could easily spend a week or two here if you were really keen!There are good roads right around the entire lake but there are also ferries that provide transportation criss crossing up and down the lake. I...
Isola Bella is a beautiful small rocky island in Lake Maggiore wholly occupied by the Borromeo villa and its garden extravaganza.Already in the 18th century it was seen as one of the world marvels.Following the baroque taste for placing a villa at the centre of a layout and...
Botanical Gardens at the Lage Maggiore
Villa TarantoBeautiful Botanic Gardens at Lago Maggiore. These gardens were originally made by a Scotsman named Neil Boyd McEacharn. There are several different gardens each with an own athmosphere.
Isola Madre - 5
The only house on this island is the Palazzo, built by the Borromeo family of course. Its architect was Pellegrino Tibaldi, and the work started in 1585. The palace has two main entrances, the one I show in my second picture is called Kashmir entrance, because of the big...
Isola Madre - 4
Among the birds you will meet here, the ones that will get more noticed are certainly the peacocks. After all, their mission in life is being beautiful, and making sure that everybody notices. You will find normal peacocks and also white ones. If you want to take pictures,...
Isola Madre - 3
Those who created this garden had a taste for the exhotic not only with regard to plants, but also with birds. For me "The Little Blue Bird" was the title of a play, because I had never seen a blue bird before coming here. In this island I have also met for the first time a...
Isola Madre -2
If you have a cold, I recommend to postpone a visit to this island to when you feel better, because if your sense of smell is impaired you will miss part of the pleasure. The colours and the scents you will find will depend of course from the time of the year. If you visit...
La Pescheria: Fish, on the Fishermen's Island
The Isola dei Pescatori has about 60 inhabitants, but practically every house hosts a restaurant or a cafe. Anyway, on an island whose name means 'Fishermen's Island' it seems mandatory to look for a place where you can order some local fresh fish. The meal is made even more...
Excellent food and service at the Hotel Verbano
There were two restaurants at the Hotel Verbano, a inside and outside. Both had excellent food. The inside restaurant had linen and an excellent wine menu at a very reasonable price. We noticed a lot of local Italians coming out to the Island to eat.
Surely the most scenic way to explore Lago Maggiore is by ferry service. A day or pass for the lake will be really good value and a leisurely way to enjoy the lakeside resorts and the Borromean islands - a hat to protect you from the sun rays is a good accessory to have...
Use the local ferry to go around the lake, including the many islands that are scattered around the lake. There are several boat lines, with winter and summer schedule, you can check it out on the web before you head towards your route. This is a website for ship routes on...
Various: Open Air Markets
Several towns and villages on the banks of Lago Maggiore have open air markets. In fact, for each day of the week there is a market somewhere.On Monday it is in Baveno, on Tuesday in Arona, on Wednesday in Luino (this one is especially big and famous), on Thursday in Omegna,...
Alessi: Italian style on your table
Alessi is one of the most famous Italian brands of tableware and kitchenware. Some of its production is designed by the most important architects and designers. Their goods can be bought anywhere in the world, and not many people know that the factory is near the Lago...
Camellias & C.
In the area around Lago Maggiore the soil is particularly rich in acidic sediments, originated from the granite of the surrounding mountains. This type of soil is ideal for the acidophilus plants: azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. This explains why these flowers are...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Visitors should not forget that the Lago Maggiore is at the foot of the Alps, and in this region the weather is changeable. Bringing a rain-proof jacket with a hood is always a good idea. Even if it does not rain it can be very useful to protect you from the wind.
Written May 29, 2007
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The most appropriate adjective to describe this small island is "unique". Picturesque villages with a waterfront can be found in many other places, the same can be said about stately mansions in the baroque style and formal gardens, but finding them all together on a tiny...
I have a special liking for this village, in the northern part of the lake. In fact I have already spent three springtime holidays there, and I have dedicated to Cannero Riviera a detailed page on VT.There are visitors and vacationers here, but not much of mass-tourism: the...
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