Lago means lake and Maggiore means major or superior. Lago Maggiore is a beautiful holiday destination for nature lovers. It is a great destination for a weekend or better a few days in midweek when it isn’t crowded. Before we talk about what to do at Lago Maggiore, we shall give you some background information.
With a length of 66 km and a width of up to 10 km, Lake Maggiore is the second-largest Italian lake after Lake Garda. Lake Maggiore is fed by the Ticino, which leaves the lake in the south and is connected to Milan via canals (in Italian Navigli). Thanks to this waterway, the marble required for the construction of the Milan Cathedral from the Candoglia area at the beginning of the Ossola Valley was shipped directly to the Milan Cathedral.
The most important places on Lake Maggiore are Locarno and Ascona on Swiss territory and the beautiful lakeside towns of Verbania, Stresa, Baveno, and Arona on the Piedmontese side in Italian territory.
The northern part of Lake Maggiore (20% of its surface) lies between the foothills of the Alps in the Swiss canton of Ticino, while the larger part of the lake (80%) forms the border between the Italian regions of Lombardy in the east and Piedmont in the west. From the mountains around the lake, you have a wonderful view over the lake with the Borromean Islands to far over the Po Valley, which adjoins Lake Maggiore in the south.