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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
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

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2012

The guide was excellent as was the tour, although we did think we would do more in the 3 hours than visit Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Santa Maria delle Grazie. Luckily as we passed San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, it was open and our guide took us in there on the way to "The Last Supper".

Doing what: Leonardo da Vinci Half-Day Walking Tour including 'The Last Supper'

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2014

Although the Cinque Terre is gorgeous, this tour spends more time on the bus getting to/from the Cinque Terre area then actually in it. So felt a bit rushed and only got to 2 villages with no walk between Manarola and Riomaggiore. Doing the boat trip from Portovenere to the last village, Monterosso, was enjoyable because you got to see all the Cinque Terre from water.

Doing what: Cinque Terre 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

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2012

I'm giving this trip 3 stars for two reasons. 1)I didn't like that there were like 40 people on this trip after going on two smaller tours with only 12 people each. 2)After walking the Love Path to Riomaggiore, we literally only had about 30mins to get through the tunnel and walk around Riomaggiore before having to get back through the tunnel to meet for our train departure. I felt extremely rushed during this time. It was still a great tour with the exception of these two points and you get to see and experience so much (you will be tired and ready to sleep on the way back). Also, skip where the tour guide suggests for lunch in Monterosso and go to the pink restaurant by the water called Ristorante Il Casello. Have the trofie al pesto dish and the best meal of your life...trust me!

Doing what: Cinque Terre Day Trip from Milan

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
August 2012

The guide barely said a word the entire bus trip - only speaking up to tell us that the boat trip from Portovenere to Monterosso would be cancelled. The bus broke down breifly and most of the day was spent on trains or waiting for them. We had exactly ten minutes to "explore" Riomaggiore. It was a five minute walk from the train station and five minutes back so just enough time for a glimpse of the town before running back. That being said the coast itself is amazing and we are so glad we got to see it. If we go back we will go to Cinque Terre ourselves and stay in Monterosso.

Doing what: Cinque Terre Day Trip from Milan

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