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Lake Maggiore

Lago Maggiore stretches over a length of 66 km between the Italian and Swiss territories, from the Po valley to the Alpine peaks of The Ossola.
The second Italian lake basin in size terms, Lago Maggiore – also called Verbano – is of glacial origin and collects waters from the rivers Toce and Ticino; it is situated at an altitude of 194 metres above sea level, reaching a depth of 380 metres at Cannero Riviera.


If you have a heart and a shirt, sell your shirt and go to see the shores of Lago Maggiore.



With the Alps framing it and the picturesque towns overlooking its banks, the beauty of Lago Maggiore is enhanced by the pearl of the Golfo Borromeo.
The territories of Verbano, which have long been a source of inspiration for scholars, artists, musicians and writers from all over Europe, became a destination of their Grand Tours in the 19th century, and are still recognised today as a destination for élite tourism.

There are many well-known localities that give colour to its coasts.

Stresa Stresa


A key stage of the Grand Tour with the Borromean Islands


Baveno Baveno


At one time an important spa centre, today it is a resort location on the Golfo Borromeo


Arona Arona


A lively commercial centre, Saint Charles Borromeo was born here. The “San Carlone”, the spectacular copper and bronze statue that inspired the Statue of Liberty in New York, was built in memory of the great man


Angera Angera


Possessing picturesque charm and a thousand-year history, the town is famous for its medieval fortification, the Rocca di Angera


Cannero Riviera Cannero Riviera

Cannero Riviera

On the delta of the Torrente Cannero, off the town’s shoreline are the fairytale castles that emerge from the lake



A key stage of the Grand Tour with the Borromean Islands


Discovering the lake in a cruise

There is different and romantic way of experiencing Lago Maggiore. In a cruise, the waters of the Golfo Borromeo provide original perspectives and unforgettable views. For a visit you can choose between boat and private motorboat. La Navigazione dei Laghi and private firms offer routes linking up the main localities of Verbano that connect Italy to Switzerland.

The Lago Maggiore Express offers the possibility of a complete trip amid the wonders of The Ossola and Switzerland. You set out by train from one of the towns of the lake, reaching Locarno, to then continue by boat and enjoy a trip amid suspension bridges, valleys, gardens on the water and islands that seem like paintings.

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Simbolo di magia, saggezza e purezza, ma anche di onore e devozione, l’unicorno è senza dubbio tra le creature leggendarie più affascinanti.
Questa figura mitologica è uno dei simboli della famiglia Borromeo: svetta maestoso in cima al Teatro Massimo, ma è presente in moltissimi altri punti di Palazzo e giardino dell'Isola Bella.
Cercatelo nelle story, riuscite a trovarlo?
A symbol of magic, wisdom and purity, but also of honor and devotion, the unicorn is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating legendary creatures.
This mythological figure is one of the icons of the Borromeo family: it stands majestically above the Teatro Massimo, but it is also present in many other spots around the palace and the garden of Isola Bella.
Look out for it in our stories, can you see it?

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“Tis love that make the world go around, my baby". 
Così Charles Dickens intendeva l'amore, un sentimento così potente da far girare il mondo. 
Festeggiamo questo giorno lasciandoci andare alla stessa ispirazione che crediamo lo scrittore abbia trovato sull’Isola Madre quando ci soggiornò.
Avete una storia romantica da raccontarci vissuta sulle nostre isole?
“Tis love that make the world go around, my baby." 
So Charles Dickens meant love, a feeling so powerful that it can make the world go around. 
We celebrate this day by succumbing to the same inspiration we believe the writer found on Isola Madre when he stayed there.
Do you have any romantic stories to share with us about the time spent on our islands?
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