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Lake Maggiore

Fisherman's Island is a delightful stop on Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore    (Lago Maggiore)  is an colorful oasis that complements a beautiful countryside. Its villages are clean, bright and enticing, but you will want to travel as much as you can by boat, so that you can see all of the beauty Lake Maggiore has to offer. 



A visit to the Borromean Islands is  recommended.  Fisherman's Island (Isola Pescatori), shown in the photograph above, offers great views of the lake and the neighboring islands. Be sure the see the Borromeo Palace (17th century) on Isola Bella shown in the photograph below and plan on spending some time wandering its beautiful gardens and amphitheater.   The palace has many delightful treasure and is a treat to tour.  If you are a gardener, you will likely want to spend  time inspecting the terraced Italian Garden. The island is usually open from late March to late October during daylight hours. 

The Isola Madre (Mother Island) is the largest of the islands and has a wonderful botanic garden that is a pleasure to tour.  The official website to the Borromean Island can be found here.

The views while cruising Lake Maggiore are beautiful

Lago Maggiore is the second largest of the Lakes and abuts Switzerland.   Ascona and Locarno, which is shown below, are the two leading Swiss cities on the Lake and both are deserving of a visit.  In addition to being located in two countries, Lake Maggiore also marks the border between the Piedmont and Lombardy regions of Italy.

Although you can drive much Lake Maggiore's shore, the lake is best seen from the water.  Plan to spend some time cruising around the lake's beautiful scenery to make the most of your visit.

The charming town of Locarno is a delightful place to visit

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