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Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella Hop-on Hop-off Boat

1. Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella Hop-on Hop-off Boat

Discovery of the fishing village of Isola dei Pescatori, the only one of the Borromean Islands inhabited all year round. Explore its many charming alleys and stop to taste the typical dishes of the lake at one of the numerous restaurants. Then continue to Isola Bella, the queen of the Borromean Islands, where, in addition to the beautiful ancient village full of typical craft shops, you can decide to visit the Palazzo Borromeo with its wonderful gardens and peacocks ready to be photographed.

Cannobio: Lake Maggiore Sunset Cruise

2. Cannobio: Lake Maggiore Sunset Cruise

What could be better than a relaxing lake cruise at the end of a hard day? This is your opportunity to go from Cannobio by private boat to admire the famous "Castelli di Cannero Riviera", which has been a pirates' hideout in the past. You can enjoy a delicious aperitif in good company, as you socialize onboard your comfortable boat. During the cruise, you will have plenty of time to take photos, and learn more about this wonderful side of Lake Maggiore. Your cruise will take approximately 1.5 hours, and will end once back in Cannobio. Once back at the port, you will discover many restaurants and cafès which will be available for you to choose from.

Lake Maggiore: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

3. Lake Maggiore: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Take part in an authentic, private dining experience at a local's home. You will get to enjoy an exclusive cooking show and to taste authentic recipes that have been treasured in family cookbooks and passed down by real Italian Mammas. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Enjoy a 4-course menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee).

Cannobio: Guided Walking Tour with Aperitif

4. Cannobio: Guided Walking Tour with Aperitif

Your special walking tour begins right in the center of Cannobio, which is a little gem on Lake Maggiore. Your meeting point will be at 5:30PM in the old town. Whilst walking through its narrow streets you will learn of old traditions, curious stories, legends, and even of a miracle! The tour is designed to show you different points of interest of this ancient lake town, and continues on with a guided visit to the Sanctuary of S. Pietà on the stunning lakefront. At the conclusion of the tour, a very welcome aperitif complete with a lake view awaits all the tour participants!

Lake Maggiore Private Home Cooking Class

5. Lake Maggiore Private Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines.  During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

Stresa: Private Cruise to Santa Caterina del Sasso

6. Stresa: Private Cruise to Santa Caterina del Sasso

Depart from the resort town of Stresa on a relaxing sightseeing cruise along the beautiful coastline to discover the lesser-known corners of Lake Maggiore. Admire architectural masterpieces such as "Villa Amalia Bernocchi" in Empire style, "Villa Carlottina Margherita" in Liberty style, "Villa Excelsior Niobe" in Castellano style, "Villa Vignolo Domus" and the most famous "Villa Pallavicino". Sailing away from the coast of Stresa, move in the direction of the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, which perched on a sheer rock face overlooking the lake is undoubtedly one of the most evocative scenarios of Lake Maggiore. Take unique photographs and enjoy a tour of the lake outside the classic itineraries but no less fascinating and rich in history.

Lake Maggiore Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

7. Lake Maggiore Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Go food shopping like a local with your host, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land.  Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

From Stresa: Isola Madre Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket

8. From Stresa: Isola Madre Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket

Discover the beauty of Isola Madre on a convenient Hop-On Hop-Off Boat from Stresa. Admire dazzling natural scenery dotted with azaleas and ancient vine trellises. Visit the attractions of the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore at your leisure. Enjoy frequent boat service every 30 minutes so you can explore Isola Madre's attractions. Check out its spectacular botanical garden (not included), photograph its splendid white peacocks, and more with a convenient Hop-On Hop-Off Boat ticket.

From Stresa: Lake Maggiore Cruise & Santa Caterina del Sasso

9. From Stresa: Lake Maggiore Cruise & Santa Caterina del Sasso

Explore Lake Maggiore and the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso at your own pace with a private boat service from Stresa or Baveno. Admire the beautiful scenery and visit one of the most famous site on Lake Maggiore, Hermitage of santa caterina del sasso. Admire historical villas and get stunning panoramas on a scenic cruise from Stresa before landing on Hermitage. Enjoy a scenic and relaxing sightseeing cruise from Stresa town admiring the splendid villas of stresa (Villa Pallavino, Villa Bernocchi, Villa Excelsior Niobe ).Raised on the raw rock wall, on the "wild" Lombard shore of Lake Maggiore, the hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso is reflected in its deep waters. The tour includes departure from Stresa Piazza Marconi Imbarcadero, or upon request from other neighboring towns. We will reach the monastery of Santa Caterina del Sasso and observe the natural beauty of its position, between rock and lake, which is made even more picturesque by the three buildings that the composition and by the cycles present in the chapel dedicated to Santa Caterina and in the two internal churches, the Church of Santa Maria Nuova and San Nicola.

Lake Maggiore: Market & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

10. Lake Maggiore: Market & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

On this tour, you can go food shopping like a local with your "Cesarina", enjoying the distinctive Italian local markets and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. Then, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her/his family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish and dessert with drinks (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

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What people are saying about Lake Maggiore

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Many thanks for the wonderful and competent guidance. We really enjoyed it and all of our questions were answered comprehensively. We will recommend this beautiful tour to our friends.

Great tour. Very nice tour guide. Great atmosphere in the small streets of the city. Thank you for the informative evening. Delicious aperitif. ‍♀️

Excellent, advice

Very nice romantic positive experience since my wife was with me, too bad it lasts only an hour and a half, but I highly recommend it. Thanks

A friendly welcome, frequent and occasional shuttles between the islands

Our guide Simons was kind and very knowledgeable Great tour !