Lake Maggiore Villa Holidays

This unbelievably pretty region of Italy makes a perfect holiday destination for those wanting a rich cultural experience.  When you rent a Lake Maggiore villa you will discover a wide variety of tourist attractions and many areas of unspoilt beauty.  Lake Maggiore, otherwise know as Verbano, is Italy’s second largest lake and can be found on the brink of the Italian Alps.  This magnificent body of water reaches 65 kilometres in length and separates Lombardy and Piemonte, with its north shores extending into Switzerland.  When staying at a Lake Maggiore villa during the summer months you can enjoy delightful walks which allow you to admire Neo-classical villas, blooming gardens and exotic palm trees. 

When you rent a villa on Lake Maggiore one of the best ways to discover the area’s hidden treasures is by boat.  As you sail serenely across the lake you can take delight in the stunning islands which grace its shimmering surface.  The three exquisite Borromean Islands, which are owned by the Borromeo family, are situated on the western side of the lake where you can witness breathtaking views through the eyes of the celebrated statue of San Carlo.  Isola Pescatori, which is popular with fishermen, is the smallest of the Borromean Islands and boasts incredibly picturesque scenery.  However, if you travel to Isola Bella during your stay at a Lake Maggiore villa you will be greeted by the fantastic Baroque palace which is home to charming terraced gardens.  The largest of the islands, Isola Madre, has a colourful botanic garden and white peacocks, and it has often been said that the island oozes sensuality.

If you appreciate the history and authenticity of narrow-gauge trains then you would thoroughly enjoy a trip on the Lake Maggiore Express.  This splendid journey takes you through awe-inspiring countryside as it twists among bridges and viaducts with occasional stops at quaint villages, allowing for many photograph opportunities.  With an inclusive ferry trip across the lake you are guaranteed to witness some of the most picturesque and panoramic vistas in Italy. 

There are many different activities that you can indulge in throughout your stay at a Lake Maggiore villa, mountain biking and windsurfing are ideal for visitors who like more energetic pursuits, whilst sailing and golf may be best suited to those who prefer a more relaxing holiday.  The 18-hole golf course at Des Iles Borromees makes a great retreat for golf enthusiasts and also offers astonishing aspects of the landscape.  At most of the larger towns close to Lake Maggiore villas you can find many enjoyable bars and restaurants, and during the summer months you can attend a variety of jazz festivals.  If you would like to shop for designer clothes during a Lake Maggiore villa holiday then why not take a day trip to Milan where you can browse around stylish boutiques?

Lake Maggiore has something wonderful to offer on each of its shores, with the west coast being the more popular destination.  Here you will find the major town of Stresa where there is access to the lake’s islands.  The attractive town has elegant gardens and beautiful villas but more importantly, the cable car is a must for those wanting to catch sight of outstanding aerial panoramas of the lake as it ascends up the side of Monte Mottarone.

If you travel towards the northern end of Lake Maggiore on a villa holiday you can visit the eye-catching village of Cannobio which lies a mere four kilometres from the Swiss border.  The pretty village is renowned for its painting of the Virgin Mary which, in 1522, is claimed to have bled from the canvas.  It was said that shortly after the miraculous event a plague spread throughout the shore side towns and villages of Lake Maggiore, however Cannobio was somewhat untouched by the epidemic.  Pope Carlo Borromeo instructed the erection of a chapel which was to re-house the enigmatic painting.  Cannobio is a fascinating place to visit when holidaying at a Lake Maggiore villa, its buildings are steeped in ancient heritage and the village has its own lido and pristine sandy beach which has been awarded European Union Blue Flag Status due to its cleanliness. 

There is a wide selection of villas to rent on Lake Maggiore, each with its own unique charm. One of the main benefits of renting a villa is the freedom to enjoy your holiday how you please as self-catering accommodation means that you are not restricted to set mealtimes. The accommodation featured on the website varies from modest apartments to luxury villas at Lake Maggiore, meaning that everyone can find something that they are looking for.  If you wish to travel during the hot summer months there are also Lake Maggiore villas that have their own private pools which are ideal for cooling off in.  Browse the website to find your perfect location and holiday villa.