An ideal destination for every age and passion
Lake Maggiore, known also as Lacus Maximus or Verbano in the ancient times
A unique destination, full of entertainment, outdoor activities, charming homes, and gardens
Lake Maggiore extends over 66 km, from Italian to Swiss territory, from the plain up to the Alpine peaks of Ossola and Ticino. Fed by the main Ticino and Toce Rivers’ waters, it is located 194 meters above sea level. It has a maximum depth of 380 meters near the town of Cannero Riviera.
Of fluvioglacial origin, Lake Maggiore was called Lacus Maximus since Roman times because it was larger than the nearby lakes. However, it was also known as Verbano, from the association of two Celtic words.
The upper part of the lake, where Ascona and Locarno are located, is in Swiss territory, while the Italian portion is split among the provinces of Varese, Novara, and Verbano Cusio Ossola.
The two shores, the western and eastern, are quite different from each other: on the western one, in Piedmont, elite tourism over the centuries is associated with thriving hospitality industry. On the opposite shore, in Lombardy, the development of the tourism sector is more recent.
Thanks to its strategic position between Italy and Switzerland, the opening of the Napoleonic Road in 1805, and the Simplon international railway line opening in 1906, Lake Maggiore has acquired considerable importance as a tourist destination over the centuries. From the middle of the fifteenth century until the eighteenth century, the lake’s area was granted as a feud to the wealthy Milanese Borromeo family, who also chose it as a place for holidays and representation.
A lake surrounded by the Prealps and a treasure chest holding unique jewels such as the Borromean Islands, Lake Maggiore was the place and source of inspiration for writers and musicians from all over Europe who, between the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, made it as a destination of their rrand Tour. Among the most famous names, we can mention Stendhal, Byron, Dumas Senior, Flaubert, Ruskin, Dickens, Nietsche, Dostoevsky, Hemingway, Mendelssohn, Listz and Wagner.
Main towns in Piedmont: Arona, Baveno, Belgirate, Cannero Riviera, Cannobio, Castelletto Sopra Ticino, Dormelletto, Ghiffa, Lesa, Maine, Oggebbio, Stresa, Verbania Intra and Verbania Pallanza.
- Surface: 212 km²
- Perimeter: 170 km
- Bordering areas: Piedmont, Lombardy, Switzerland
Isola dei Pescatori (o Isola Superiore o Isola Superiore dei Pescatori)
Isolino di San Giovanni
Isolotto (o scoglio) della Malghera
Castelli di Cannero
Isola di San Pancrazio (o Isola Grande) (Isole di Brissago)
Isola di Sant’Apollinare (o Isolino) (Isole di Brissago)
Ufficio Turistico di Arona
Largo Duca d’Aosta 28041 NO
+39 0322 243601
Ufficio Turistico di Baveno
Piazza della Chiesa 8 28831 VB
+39 0323 924632
Ufficio Turistico di Belgirate
Via G. Mazzini 12/14 (c/o Imbarcadero) 28832 VB
+39 0322 7244 / +39 338 9904221
Ufficio Turistico di Cannero Riviera
Via Orsi 1 28821 VB
+39 0323 788943
Ufficio Turistico di Cannobio
Via Giovanola c/o Palazzo Parasio 28822 VB
+39 0323 71212
Ufficio Turistico di Lesa
Via Vittorio Veneto 2 28040 NO
+39 0322 772078
Ufficio Turistico di Stresa
Piazza Marconi 16 28838 VB
+39 0323 30150 / +39 0323 31308
Ufficio Turistico di Verbania
Piazza Ranzoni 40 28921 VB
+39 0323 503249 / +39 0323 556669
Ufficio Turistico Pro Loco di Verbania
Viale delle Magnolie 1 28922 VB
+39 0323 557676