Lake Maggiore, Italy -- also known as Laggo Maggiore in Italian -- is situated in the far north of Italy on the south side of the Alps. The lake stretches from the Italian regions Piedmont and Lombardy to the Swiss canton Ticino. This lake is the biggest one in Switzerland and the second-biggest in Italy. It is famous for the scenic landscape, the rich architecture, the picturesque small villages, and the beautiful view of the lake and the mountains.
Due to its location in the middle of the nature and close the mountains, it is well-known for hiking and biking. For instance, the area around Montorfano on the west side of the lake and the mountain Monte Faiè are well-attended spots for outdoor activities. Apart from sport enthusiasts, Lake Maggiore is a popular destination for families, nature lovers, and locals from the bordering regions in Italy and Switzerland, especially on the weekends and in summer.
Along Lake Maggiore there are just a few budget accommodations. Only in Verbania and Locarno, can you find usual hostels in Lake Maggiore, Italy; the supply is completed with several guesthouses. Even if the summer is the peak season, you can still book a bed in one of the Lake Maggiore, Italy hostels around the lake. Many tourists, especially families and travel groups, prefer to stay in hotels. However, don't forget that the usual rule applies -- the sooner you book, the more choices you have. Keep in mind the national and popular holidays. The period around the Easter holidays in general, the Swiss national holiday on August 1, as well as the Italian national holiday on June 2 can fill up the available hostels in Lake Maggiore, Italy.
The small town Stresa used to be a meeting point for artists, poets, and the upper class in previous centuries. The combination of fine hotels, the charming old architecture, the promenade, and the stunning view of the gulf makes Stresa a worthwhile place to visit. Once you are in Verbania, do not forget to check out the gardens of the Villa Taranto. The variety of colourful flowers and plants in a beautiful design create a lasting impression and is one of the well-known highlights around the lake. Consider that the gardens are subject to charge and usually open between March and November. Arona is a bustling town along the lake with shopping opportunities, a small harbour, beautiful architecture, a historic centre, and an attractive lakeside promenade including a beautiful view to the mountain fortress Rocca di Angera on the other side of the lake. These are just some of many highlights along and nearby Lake Maggiore.
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