Lake Maggiore (also called Lake Verbano in Italian) is the second largest lake in Italy and is located in the border area of Italy and Switzerland. The west bank of the Italian part is located in the Piedmont region, the eastern bank in Lombardy. The lake is 212 km², the northern part is in the Alps, the southern part in the hills that forms the transition between the Alps and the Po Valley.
Lake Maggiore is surrounded by high hills and mountains that offer protection from the cold northern winds. The beautiful landscape has been an absolute source of inspiration for many foreign artists for centuries. The European nobility built beautiful villas and castles here in the nineteenth century. Be amazed by the versatility of botanical gardens, exotic planting and many types of palms. There are also beautiful islands to visit, the most famous are the Borromean Islands: Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori
Lake Maggiore offers an enormous variety of possible activities such as swimming, fishing, rowing, sailing, windsurfing and diving due to the excellent water quality. During sporting activities such as hiking, climbing and mountain biking you will be able to enjoy the fantastic views over the lake. There are also many natural reserves such as the National Park of Val Grande and the Natural Park of the Ticino Valley, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Who loves to play golf can choose from a variety of beautifully situated golf courses. Beautiful cities such as Milan, Varese and Lugano are close by.