One of the three big lakes in Italy's north just outside of Milan, Lake Maggiore stretches all the way up into Switzerland. Like all of these prealpine lakes, it's renowned for being gorgeous, and has attracted celebrity visitors from Napoleon to ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

My mother and I got extremely lucky to go on a private tour of Lake Maggiore with Fabio, a great and wonderful guide. There was only another young couple with us, so it was a lot of fun with just the 5 of us! Fabio had great storytelling demeanor and told us a brief history of Milan. We took the train, so that's why we met at the Caldorna train station, where Fabio found us on time. We took very short boat rides to Lake Maggiore and another small island I can't remember the name of at the moment, had time for a delicious lunch and shopping. And sightseeing of course. We met at our designated areas pretty much on time, and had a full fun day with Fabio. Thank you!

Doing what: Lake Maggiore Day Trip by Train from Milan Including Cruise to Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

What a wonderful tour! Lake Maggiore is spectacular. The Borromeo Palace on Isola Bella is beautiful and has an interesting history. Our local guide (Sara) was entertaining and knowlegeable. Our lunch at La Pescheria on Isola dei Pescatori was delicious. Stresa is a lovely town with friendly people, quality hand made gifts, and exceptional gelato. We had terrific weather and enjoyed the climate, palm trees, and boat rides. Our local guide (Lara from Zani Viaggi) was very nice and attentive. She even helped us to go for last minute tickets to see Da Vinci's "Last Supper" on our return to Milan, which was a perfect way to end the day. Highly recommended.

Doing what: Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2012

Beautiful scenery! The bus ride wasn't too long, and the tour guide was excellent. If you are in northern Italy, don't miss out on a trip to one of the lakes. I always dreamed of Lake Como, but Maggiore is just as beautiful and the Borromean islands provide a rich and interesting history, as well as spectacular views.

Doing what: Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2014

This tour was good, the guide was knowledgable however seemed a little disinterested or as though she was on auto pilot. The Lake Maggiore area is very picturesque. Cruising on the lake in an old school wooden boat was very cool. Our first stop was on the beautiful Isola Bella where we were guided through the palace of the Borromeo family. The palace and the terraced gardens were amazing and well worth going to. We then cruised over to Isola die Pescatori for lunch. Would not recommend going to the restaurant the guide suggested, it was too busy, staff were not that friendly and after we were seated we were forgotten. There are lots of other places to go that looked really nice and prices were comparable. Probably too much time was given on this island, not that much to see and do and the souvenirs are pretty much all the same on all the islands. We then went back to the town on Stresa on the main land, we also had free time here as well, once again time could have been cut back a little. Found a great ceramics store in one of the ally ways so ended up buying our soverniers from here. All in all a great day.

Doing what: Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan

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