Lake Maggiore

Welcome to Lake Maggiore

Lying north of Milan, Lake Maggiore (Lago Maggiore), stretches for about 65 kilometers, reaching into the Ticino region of Switzerland. Despite its name (“maggiore” means “major”), it is only the second largest of northern Italy’s lakes.

Top Attractions

Its most popular attractions are on the western shore, where the magnificent Borromean Islands with their subtropical parks draw the most tourists. The trees of Lake Maggiore include a number of subtropical species: figs, olives, and pomegranates flourish in the mild climate, and several splendid show gardens are open to visitors. Regular boat services connect the various lake towns. But as several of the most popular attractions are not close to a boat stop, a car is the best way to explore the entire lake. A car ferry across the center of the lake makes this even easier.
These cliffs and the associated resort beach attracted artists including Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet. They were featured prominently in the 1909 Arsène Lupin novel The Hollow Needle by Maurice Leblanc. They also feature in the 2014 film Lucy, directed by Luc Besson.

The climate is mild in both summer and winter, producing Mediterranean vegetation, with many gardens growing rare and exotic plants. Well-known gardens include those of the Borromean and Brissago Islands, that of the Villa Taranto in Verbania, and the Alpinia Botanical Garden above Stresa.

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