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People still stream into Stresa to meander along its promenade and explore the little hive of cobbled streets in its old centre (especially pleasant for a coffee break is shady Piazza Cadorna).

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$79.66 Day Trips & Excursions

Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan

Lake Maggiore, also known as Lake Verbano, is the second-largest lake in Italy and is surrounded by picturesque villages. As you arrive in the lakeside town of Stresa, you will have free time to explore this quiet village, have a bite to eat or browse shops before heading out on the water on your boat cruise.On board the boat, you can admire the splendid lakeside villas and lush gardens; the mild Mediterranean climate ensures that an abundance of exotic and rare plants thrive year-round. Sit back and relax as you cruise around the Borromean Islands. Pass by Isola Madre before heading to Isola dei Pescatori, where you will dock and enjoy free time to explore, hit the shops or enjoy a light lunch. Next, it’s back on board the boat for a stop on the third island, Isola Bella, where you can visit the Borromean Palace and gardens (entrance not included) or discover the many shops, boutiques and cafés housed in historic buildings. Finally, you will rejoin the boat and cruise back to Stresa for your return Milan.

$1167.25 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Milan to Italian Lakes and Verona 4-Day Tour with Boat Trip

Popular with holidaying Italians and visitors wanting a slice of laid-back lakeside tranquility, the Italian Lakes of Lombardy are surrounded by picturesque scenery with forests, sleepy cobblestone towns and snow-capped mountain peaks. Spend three nights exploring the countryside and towns around lakes Orta, Maggiore, Como and Garda, with a guide. Enjoy free time in Orta San Guilio, Stresa, Bellagio and Sirmione and get to know the larger town of Como and city of Verona on walking tours. Boat rides around each of four lakes are included, as is your 4-star hotel accommodation in the towns of Como, Verona and either Brescia or Bergamo.Please note: Rates do not includes city taxes. City tax will be paid directly at the reception hotel desk at the arrival or at the check out according to the local city board procedure. City tax will change according to hotel category. Hotels are subject to availability at time of booking. In the rare event that the mentioned hotel is unavailable, you will be accommodated in another centrally located hotel of the same star rating.

$115.45 Day Trips & Excursions

Lake Maggiore Full-Day Tour by Train from Milan

Meet your guide at Milan’s Cadorna train station in the morning, hop on a train and relax on the 1.5-hour ride to Laveno-Mombello, a lovely port town on the western banks of Lake Maggiore. The second-largest lake in Italy, Lake Maggiore straddles the Piedmont and Lombardy regions, and is most famous for its gorgeous Borromean Islands. Literature buffs may know the area as being a setting in Ernest Hemingway's infamous novel, A Farewell to Arms.With your guide, hop on a boat and enjoy views of splendid lakeside villas and Mediterranean gardens as you cruise for 1.5 hours along the deep-blue water. Float past Isola Madre, lush with exotic vegetation year-round, before arriving at the picturesque Isola dei Pescatori (Island of the Fishermen).Spend time exploring the little island at your leisure. Explore the maze of narrow alleys, and pop into a cafe or restaurant for lunch (own expense).Back on the boat, cruise to Isola Bella (Beautiful Island), one of the larger Borromean Islands. Here, visit independently Borromeo Palace, a 17th-century baroque palace featuring lovely Italian gardens. Then, enjoy free time to explore independently or go shopping in town.Hop on the boat again in the late afternoon and cruise to your last stop, the elegant lakeside town of Stresa. With its easy access to Milan, Stresa was a favorite destination for artists and writers in the 19th century, including Hemingway. Enjoy free time to explore the hive of cobbled streets in Stresa Old Town.Then board the return train to Milan, arriving at the Milano Centrale train station in the early evening.

$9.24 Tours & Sightseeing

Lake Maggiore Isola Bella Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

With this hop-on hop-off boat tour you can explore the beautiful Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands. The exclusive boat service travels between Stresa and  Isola Bella. This tour allows you to travel at your own pace – you can leave the ferry at any of the islands and hop back on the next boat when you want to continue. This tour is one of the most used services for reaching the amazing locations of the Borromean Islands and Lake Maggiore. The modern and comfortable boats take you to the most stunning and characteristic places on Lake Maggiore, the Borromean Islands, and Stresa. Ideal for those who like the freedom to travel at their own pace, this tour allows you to simply relax and enjoy the beauty of the lake. Entrance to the Palace Museum and Gardens is not included in the ticket but we highly recommend visiting.

$329.05 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tour of Borromean Islands from Stresa

The sightseeing tour of the Borromean islands will start in Stresa. The discovery of isola Bella will begin in the 17th-century palace owned by the Borromeo family, where an expert local guide will show you all the interesting rooms on a private tour at your own pace that also includes the famous gardens of isola Bella built on levels. At lunch time you will be able to enjoy a stop at Fishermen's island where some free time for lunch will be available in the picturesque fishermen's village. Your tour guide will then take you on a sightseeing tour of Isola Madre that houses a Renaissance villa and an amazing botanic garden with peacocks and pheasants. Please note that the order of the visits on this tour may change: it could be isola Madre in the morning and isola Bella after lunch stop.

$17.32 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour from Stresa

Make the most out of your day by arriving in Stresa in early morning. The first public boat leaves at 9am and departures continue about every half an hour throughout the day until the evening (18.00). Step aboard the comfortable boat and try to nab a window seat if you can. From there, peer out over the breathtaking Lake Maggiore and the forested hills and dramatic mountain peaks that rise beyond the shimmering lake’s edge. You are free to hop on and off the boat as much as you please, so you can create a sightseeing itinerary to suit your preferences. Wander through Isola Madre’s English-style gardens at your leisure, strolling among colorful blooms, which include azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and wisteria. You might also visit the 16th-century villa house on the island, where you can explore a collection of period rooms and an exhibit of small puppet theaters.When you’re done on Isola Madre, head back to the harbor and catch the next boat to Isola Pescatori. Use your boat ticket to continue on to Isola dei Pescatori, the only island that is inhabited year-round. Stop for a bite to eat at one of the island's fish restaurants (own expense) or wander around the quaint fishing village, which retains its old-world charm.Use your boat ticket to continue on to Isola dei Pescatori, the only island that is inhabited year-round. Choose to stop  at Isola Bella and pay an entrance fee to explore the sumptuous and ornately decorated 17th-century palace that dominates the island. See the home where the noble Borromeo family lived and entertained. Admire tapestries, fine paintings and antique furniture, all displayed in lavishly gilded, rococo rooms. Afterward, wander around the well-tended formal gardens. Look out for the two white peacocks strutting their stuff amidst the fountains, flowers and topiary. Feel free to revisit any of the islands’ during the day as your ticket is valid for as many journeys as you please during the day (from 9.00 to 18.00 period), but be sure to catch the last boat back to the mainland in early evening.