Lake Maggiore (also called Verbano) is a lake basin of north-east Piedmont, which borders on Lombardy and Switzerland. It is the second biggest Italian lake, after Lake Garda.Placed in the shelter of Alps, it lies on a valley crack which is likely to have tectonic origins; it is 65 km long. NNE-SSW from Magadino to Sesto Calende, it has a maximum width of 4,5 km (between Cannero Riviera and Germignaga, Borromean gulf excluded) and has a surface of 212,2 Km. It represents the greatest extension in Italy and it acts as a border between Piedmont and Lombardy regions; only its northern end section (42 Km) is Swiss. Its coasts are 166 km long. Lake Maggiore catch basin is very extended and includes river Ticino and river Toce valleys, besides Maggio creek. Tresa creek brings Lake Lugano waters, Strona creek brings Lake Orta waters and Bardello creek brings Lake Varese as well as Lake Mergozzo waters, which floods from river Toce are separated from Borromean gulf. The only bayou is river Ticino, which comes out from the lake at Sesto Calende and merges into left side of river Po in Pavia valley. Our suggested tours to discover the lake
A delightful tourist attraction
Internationally renowned places such as Stresa (linked with Mottarone peak through a modern cable car), Baveno, Belgirate, Verbania, Cannero Riviera and Cannobio are exposed on the lake.Supported by a mild climate and equipped with excellent hotels and various campings, Lake Maggiore is a very popular tourist attraction. Sporty people have a very wide range of choices: fishing, water ski, sail, windsurf, rowing, swimming and the opportunity to play in the golf courses of Stresa, Gignese, Golf & Sporting Club Verbania, Premeno. In wintertime, they will find sport facilities on Mottarone, Pian di Sole and Piancavallo.
How to reach StresaDistance from Milano and Bergamo Airports to Stresa:
from Milano Malpensa 45 km, from Milano Linate 110 km and from Orio al Serio (Bergamo) 130 km.
By car: A26 motorway towards Gravellona Toce – Carpugnino exit. From Carpugnino follow indications to Stresa.
By coach: Arona or Baveno exit.
By train: from Milano Centrale station and Milano Porta Garibaldi station – Stresa stop (1h-1h30m).
Car distance from SwitzerlandBrissago – Stresa Km 44
Ascona – Stresa Km 53
Locarno – Stresa Km 54
Lugano – Stresa Km 100
Briga “Brig” – Stresa Km 107
Losanna – Stresa Km 253
Ginevra – Stresa km 315