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LAGO MAGGIORE Villas, Gardens and Holy Mountains

14 September 2021

6 days from £2,745pp

Surrounded and surmounted by the glistening of the great Italian lakes, the natural setting becomes other-worldly.
  • Visit the islands of Isola Bella, Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, each offering a unique experience from one and other 
  • Explore the spectacular churches, statues and scenerie of UNESCO heritage site Sacro Monte in Varallo 
  • Stroll along the shores of Lago d’Orta on Isola di San Giulio
  • Take in the picturesque town and famed aristocratic retreat of Stresa
Less glamorous than Lake Como and less developed than Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore is perhaps the most idyllic of all the Italian lakes. Nestled at the foot of the Swiss Alps as they descend into the Po Valley, Maggiore has been a celebrated retreat since the days of Ancient Rome and shares its shoreline between Lombardy in the east and Piedmont in the west. The lake’s worldwide fame rests on the latter, specifically the area on the Borromean Gulf, extending from the splendid resort of Stresa to the lovely lakeside village of Pallanza. Between them lie the magical floating garden terraces of the Isola Madre, Isola Bella and the Isola dei Pescatori. The combination of picturesque villages, old villas and parks offering views framed by oleander shrubs and palm trees thriving in this subtropical microclimate, is the Romantic dream of an ideal Italian landscape come true, and for centuries the blend of natural and man-made surroundings was hailed among the Italy’s greatest sights.
In addition to the world’s aristocracy, it was the literary élite that promenaded and sat by the shore; their accounts of the lake were legion, from Dumas to Dickens, from Heine to Hemingway. Stendhal even went as far as to urge his readers that anyone in possession of the heart and a shirt should sell the shirt to visit Lake Maggiore and its surroundings. Shirted or otherwise, we invite you to come and see for yourselves.     
 

Your Accommodation

Grand Hotel Majestic, Pallanza

★★★★
Overview
Built in 1870 on the Piedmont shores of Lake Maggiore, the Grand Hotel Majestic is a prestigious Belle Époque 4-Star Superior hotel, with beautiful private gardens, leading to the lake with private jetty - five minutes-walk from the harbour, restaurants and shops.  Rooms are well-appointed and have a lateral view of the lake (full lake view available at a supplement).
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Minibar