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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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$79.34 Day Trips & Excursions

Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Lago Maggiore, Verbania, Lake Maggiore, PiedmontOn the borders of Piedmont, Lombardy and Switzerland, Lake Maggiore, also known as Verbano is the second largest Italian lake. Your visit will start with a lake cruise.On board you will enjoy the view of exquisite lakeside villas and lush gardens surrounded by crystal blue waters set amidst the beauty of snow capped alps.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori), Lake Maggiore, PiedmontFirst, we pass the exotic Isola Madre, home to a 20 acre park that is considered one of the most impressive in Italy, before heading back in time to the simple life of Isola dei Pescatori where you will have free time to explore, shop or enjoy a light lunch. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Palazzo Borromeo, Isola Bella, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, PiedmontThe next stop will be the luxurious Isola Bella with the elaborate gardens of the Borromean Palace surrounded by boutiques and cafés housed in grand historic buildings ( entrance to Palazzo Borromeo not included).Finally, you will re-join the boat and cruise back to Stresa where you can have free time to explore this quiet and fascinating little town, try some local food or indulge in some shopping before returning to Milan.Duration: 1 hour

$1165.16 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.

$115.25 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.

$9.22 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.

$328.46 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tour of Borromean Islands from Stresa

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Borromeo Palace, Lake Maggiore, LombardyYou will visit the richly decorated rooms in the sumptuous Borromeo palace and the terraced gardens on isola Bella accompanied by an expert tour guideDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori), Lake Maggiore, PiedmontYou will enjoy some free time for a meal or wandering around on lovely isola PescatoriDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Isola Madre, Lake Maggiore, LombardyYou will visit this gorgeous island, still privately owned, to discover exotic species in its lovely English garden surrounded by peacocks and phaisants. Your personal guide will also show you the Renaissance palace dating back to the 16th centuryDuration: 2 hours

$17.29 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

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

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Isola Madre, Lake Maggiore, LombardyExplore Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands at your own pace with a 1-day hop-on hop-off ferry tour from Stresa. Get on and off the ferry as often as you like as you admire the beautiful scenery of the lake and visit the superb sights on the islands.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori), Lake Maggiore, PiedmontExplore Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands at your own pace with a 1-day hop-on hop-off ferry tour from Stresa. Get on and off the ferry as often as you like as you admire the beautiful scenery of the lake and visit the superb sights on the islands.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore, PiedmontExplore Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands at your own pace with a 1-day hop-on hop-off ferry tour from Stresa. Get on and off the ferry as often as you like as you admire the beautiful scenery of the lake and visit the superb sights on the islands.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Navigazione Sulle Isole Borromee del Lago Maggiore, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, PiedmontExplore Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands at your own pace with a 1-day hop-on hop-off ferry tour from Stresa. Get on and off the ferry as often as you like as you admire the beautiful scenery of the lake and visit the superb sights on the islands.Duration: 1 dayStop At: Consorzio Interlaghi Maggiore e Orta, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, PiedmontExplore Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands at your own pace with a 1-day hop-on hop-off ferry tour from Stresa. Get on and off the ferry as often as you like as you admire the beautiful scenery of the lake and visit the superb sights on the islands.Duration: 1 day