Oasi della Bruschera

Lake Maggiore

One of the last remaining wooded wetlands in Lombardy, this 400-hectare site has several trails including a lakeside path with fine views across the reed beds to Angera. The reserve is an important nesting site for waterbirds, including moorhens, mallards and kingfishers. Just off shore is Isola Partegora, a protected island that's home to a colony of cormorants.

The park is located about 1.3km east of the ferry dock, with an entrance near Via Arena and Via Sandro Pertini.

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Nearby Lake Maggiore attractions

1. Rocca di Angera

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2. Sacro Monte di San Carlo

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3. Museo dell’Ombrello e del Parasole


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4. Santa Caterina del Sasso

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One of northern Italy's most spectacularly sited monasteries, Santa Caterina del Sasso clings to the high rocky face of Lago Maggiore's southeast shore…

5. Parco della Villa Pallavicino

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An easy 1km walk southeast of central Stresa along the SS33 main road, the Pallavicino is a 19th-century neoclassical villa set in banked lakeside grounds…

6. Lungolago di Stresa

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7. Giardino Botanico Alpinia

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8. Sacro Monte di San Francesco

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