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Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands Sunset Cruise

1. Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands Sunset Cruise

Navigating Lake Maggiore is a pleasurable-enough experience as it is. When coupled with a good bottle of Prosecco, it becomes even more unique and unforgettable. The boat you use throughout this activity is suitable for small groups of people for cocktails, or to make a romantic surprise for your partner. Larger groups can be accommodated inside of the boat, protected from the weather but at the same time offered wide views of the lake through the boat's large windows and open terrace area. Enjoy a delicious aperitif in good company as you socialize onboard your comfortable boat. During your approximately 1-hour cruise, make the most of your time to take photos and learn more about this wonderful side of Lake Maggiore.

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Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Isola Bella Private Boat Tour

2. Stresa: Lake Maggiore and Isola Bella Private Boat Tour

Explore Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore, and the surrounding area on this private taxi-boat tour. Discover all the mysteries and history of the Borromean Islands with a professional tour guide exclusive to your group. Start your excursion in Stresa Piazza Marconi either in the morning at 9:30 AM, or in the afternoon at 2:30 PM. Then set off on your customizable tour whose duration and timing will be at your discretion (about 2-4 hours). Stop at Isola Bella and take a guided tour of its architectural beauties with your knowledgeable guide. Stroll through the beautiful baroque gardens, and admire the wonderful views of the Borromean Gulf.

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Stresa: Lake Maggiore Private Boat Tour

3. Stresa: Lake Maggiore Private Boat Tour

Cruise Lake Maggiore in your own private boat, operated by a driver who will take you around the lake and the 3 Borromean Islands. Soak up the enchanting atmosphere of one of Italy's largest and most well-known lakes. Admire the stunning scenery of the surrounding mountains and villages as you cruise. Choose the most suitable boat for your occasion, whether it be romantic or family-oriented. You can also opt for various tours or itineraries on your hour out on Lake Maggiore. Enjoy boating out to the Borromean Islands of Isola Bella, Isola Madre, and Isola Pescatori. You can also be taken to the coastal towns of Stresa, Verbania, and more.

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Lake Maggiore Private Home Cooking Class

4. 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.

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From Como: Private Day Trip to Stresa & Borromean Islands

5. From Como: Private Day Trip to Stresa & Borromean Islands

Enjoy a convenient pickup from anywhere within 30 kilometers of Como in a luxury air-conditioned minivan. After a brief introduction, begin the 1-hour journey to Lago Maggiore, one of the largest lakes in Italy.  Discover scenic Lago Maggiore, known for its stunning Alpine backdrop and elegant lakefront promenades. Explore the charming village of Stresa located on the shores of the lake. After a short stroll in Stresa, embark on a tour of the Borromean Islands, hopping off at one or all three of the tiny island towns of Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Madre. Enjoy some time to break for lunch on any of the three islands, at your own expense. After lunch, meet your driver once again and cross the border from Italy into Switzerland. Stop in the town of Mendrisio where there are two major attractions. Choose between some of the best shopping deals in Europe at the world-class luxury brand outlet center Foxtown, or try your luck at the casino. Enjoy about 2 hours of free time before making the journey back to Como.

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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.

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Lake Maggiore: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

7. Lake Maggiore: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at the Cesarina's home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by a glass of local wine. During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal to you the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic regional pasta recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Each participant 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.

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What people are saying about Stresa

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Was a great trip to be taken to three islands in a private shuttle boat. Initially the disappointment because we assumed that we would have the boat available for € 200. We would have preferred to visit Verbania and sail relaxed over the lake. Renting the boat privately means that you and your group are only sailed back and forth on the boat to the three predetermined islands and you can call the skipper 15 minutes before you want to leave so that he will pick you up again. Is luxurious, not long lines that you have to connect to - and wait until the right shuttle boat passes. Hop On hop OFF costs € 60 (in our case with 5 people)

Beautiful ride on the lake and its islands

In fact we opted for a private boat, thinking that it would be waiting for us on each island. But no, we had to call 10-15 min before. It is a bit of a shame because it is not what we expected. To see if it was the best option in view of the price. there may be a better solution. Otherwise efficient service and pleasant welcome every time

The service was extremely efficient and quick. The quida explained many things to us about these beautiful islands.

Romantic evening. All perfect. Great buffet. Friendliness on the part of the skipper. Recommended

We had a romantic trip with sparkling wine and various antipasti. A good start!