Welcome to Lago Maggiore
Only the northeast corner of Lago Maggiore is in Switzerland – the rest slices into Italy’s Lombardy region. The second-largest lake in Italy has cinematic looks, with inky blue waters rippling against a backdrop of lush, rugged mountains where the snow lingers into spring. Necklacing the lake are Italianate villages and towns with piazzas, Renaissance churches and alfresco cafes that remind you just how close Italy really is. As if you need reminding: here the sun often shines, warming botanical gardens ripe with lemon trees, oleanders and magnolias that release their perfume as you walk along the lakefront promenades.
In summer everyone heads down to the lake – to walk, flirt, swim, lick gelato or to cruise out to the islands. Cooler still are the pine-brushed mountains and their walking trails, reached by cable car from Locarno.