Lake Maggiore is the second biggest Italian lake after Lago di Garda, its eastern bank is in Lombardy, the western in Piedmont while the northern section extends into Switzerland. The charming little towns along its shores are popular resorts today with their grand hotels recalling the Belle Epoque.
The most renowned towns of Lago Maggiore on the Piedmont side, from South to North, are Arona, Stresa with its refined elegance, Baveno, Verbania Pallanza and the town Verbania Intra, the charming village Cannero Riviera with a nice beach and Cannobio, close to Switserland.
On the Lombard side, from North to South, there are Maccagno with a popular beach, the town of Luino and its famous market, the charming Laveno and its cableway towards a panoramic view, and finally the laid-back village Angera and its Castle La Rocca.
Especially noteworthy are the Borromeo islands just in front of Stresa and Baveno, these small islands include: Isola Bella with a majestic pallace, Isola dei Pescatori the Fishermenís Island for a nice stroll along tourist shops and restaurants, and Isola Madre with a bothanical garden.
From Stresa there is a cableway up to the Mottarone mountain providing a spectacular view over Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta. In winter itís possible to ski here and in summer itís a great day out for walking around or mountain biking your way down to Stresa.
Just next to the golden triangle of Lake Maggiore (Stresa, Verbania, Laveno), donít forget to visit the beautiful monastery of Santa Caterina del Sasso.