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Mesmerising Lake Maggiore holidays
The majestic Lake Maggiore, with its three enchanting islands, is often called the most scenic of the Italian lakes. Known locally as ‘Verbana’, which is a flower growing abundantly along its shores, it is Italy's second largest lake. Stresa, Maggiore’s most captivating town, poses beautifully under the majestic peak of Mottarone, just across from the mystical Borromean Islands. Baveno is Stresa’s quieter sister, connected by a beautiful villa lined road. Together, they are celebrated for their architecture, cosmopolitan lifestyle, elegant boutiques, bustling cafes and gastronomical delights.
Best time to visit Lake Maggiore
• The best time to head to the lakes is from April to October when days are brighter and sunny
• During the summer months the number of visitors rises, especially during August when most Italians go on their holidays; the lakes' water is generally warmer in July, August and September making these the prime swimming months
• There is often rainfall during the summer and nights are cooler than you might expect following hot days
• From November to March, lakeside beaches and outdoor swimming pools are not always open and the temperature can fall quite low; temperatures fall to single figures between December and February.
Lake Maggiore holiday highlights
Poised majestically on the lake’s western shore, Stresa is the leading resort of Lake Maggiore and has idyllic views of the famous Borromean Islands. Visitors can wander through the beautifully maintained gardens of Villa Pallavicino and Villa Taranto, take a short boat ride to Isola Bella to visit the opulent palace, and climb Mount Mottarone to enjoy superb panoramic views of this wonderful Italian lake.
The elegant lakeside town of Pallanza is famous for its stunning Englishstyle landscaped Villa Taranto Gardens, which are known for their beauty. The peaceful resort of Baveno is renowned for its natural hot springs and pink granite.