Italian glamour, mountain views and palazzo-topped islands
Holidays in Lake Maggiore offer something for every taste; delicious food and wine, beautiful natural scenery and 19th Century palaces to name but a few. Located in the picturesque Southern Alps, Lake Maggiore is the second largest of the Italian lakes and treats its visitors to a beautiful Mediterranean climate. Its shores are peppered with quaint fishing villages, each of which has its own distinct character, boasting colourful buildings, harbours and architectural wonders. Couples and families alike will be drawn to the glamour of Lake Maggiore, where days can be spent relaxing in the sun, enjoying the food scene or exploring the cobbled streets of the nearby fishing villages.
A holiday at Lake Maggiore would not be complete without visiting the Borromean Islands, where awe inspiring botanical gardens, palaces and vanilla white houses are waiting to be discovered. Hop on a boat from the waterfront at Stresa and enjoy a day exploring these beautiful islands. And, on a Wednesday, be sure to visit the famous market in Luino, where local samples of fruit, cheese and other delights are waiting to be tasted.
Luxury holidays in Lake Maggiore allow for a truly indulgent and sophisticated break. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches, and many of the restaurants here are al fresco, allowing you to savour some of the best food in Italy while soaking in the stunning lake views. For those wanting to enjoy some high end shopping and restaurants, head to Milan, which is just over an hour away. Here, you’ll find grand architecture, culture and art to inspire you.
Lake Maggiore is home to many excellent luxury hotels, but Sovereign recommends the Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromées. Easily the most exclusive hotel in the area, guests will be treated to first class facilities with inspiring views over to the Borromean islands and the Alps. Alternatively, opt to stay at Villa e Palazzo Aminta Beauty & Spa, where stunning lake views and excellent dining can be found, as well as a spa offering a Turkish bath and other deluxe treatments.
Flights to the Italian Lakes take around 2 hours from the UK.
Transfer time from Malpensa airport to Lake Maggiore is approximately 1 hour.
The Italian Lakes are at their best between April and October. June, July and August see temperatures soar to the high 20s (perfect for swimming and sunbathing), while the slightly cooler temperatures in April, May, September and October are ideal for those who want to spend a bit more time walking, cycling or sightseeing.
British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit Italy.
When you dine out in Italy, you will generally be charged a coperto (cover charge), which is for the bread, tablecloth, cutlery, etc. Tipping in Italy is not customary, but is always appreciated.
The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.