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.
A key stage of the Grand Tour with the Borromean Islands
At one time an important spa centre, today it is a resort location on the Golfo Borromeo
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
Possessing picturesque charm and a thousand-year history, the town is famous for its medieval fortification, the Rocca di Angera
On the delta of the Torrente Cannero, off the town’s shoreline are the fairytale castles that emerge from the lake
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.