One of Italy’s most famous lakes shares its northeastern end with Switzerland, allowing visitors to the Italian-speaking region of Ticino (blessed with the mildest climate in the country) to lap up a little ‘dolce vita’ during their Swiss sojourn. Think palm-fringed lake paths, pastel-colored piazzas, lushly green mountains, clear waters and Switzerland’s sunniest disposition.
Sightseeing possibilities on Lago Maggiore include visiting the lakeside towns of Locarno and Ascona, and cruising to the Brissago islands to visit its botanic gardens. If you fancy a splash, Lido Locarno, in lakefront Parco della Pace, offers wonderful facilities, including indoor and outdoor pools, a beach, water slides and wellness options.
The best way to get around the lake is with Navigazione Lago Maggiore, which operates year-round services across the lake, including into Italy (take your passport).