Learn italian in Italy: Maggiore

Lake Maggiore


The palaces on the islands and the castle are open from
19th March to 1st November 2022.

The largest town on the south coast of Lake Maggiore is Arona. This is an important tourist and business centre where you can admire various important historic-artistic monuments and also have nice walks along the lake and the narrow inner alleys.


Pallanza offers panoramic views over the lake and is full of tourist attractions such as Villa Taranto, which boasts one of the most important botanical gardens in the world; Villa San Remigio, with a park characterised by typical italian terraces as well as many museums and religious buildings.

It is the second largest among Italian lakes after Lake Garda. The archipelago of the three Borromeo islands, of geographical, historical and cultural interest, renders this area unique and unforgettable. Isola Superiore, also known as the "fishermen's island" to highlight the traditional work of its inhabitants, is a spectacular maze of picturesque and charming alleys, with its typical white houses with colourful doors and windows, which impressed famous visitors like Hernest Hemingway, Arturo Toscanini and George Bernard Shaw. On Isola Bella you can admire the ancient buildings in which the Borromeos lived in the 17th century. The gardens, rich in plants and flowers of all types and covering ten overlapping terraces, embellished by fountains, statues and architectural structures, are very spectacular. Isola Madre boasts a luxurious garden with wonderful plants and even some exotic varieties, surrounding a sixteenth century palace.


In Arona you can get a ferry-boat and cross the lake to go to Angera where there is a beautiful castle which hosts a Doll Museum, one of the most important in Europe. There is also a section devoted to toys from non-European cultures as well as a collection of 19th century French and German automatons from the collection of the Petit Musée du Costume of Tours.


Gianfranco Giustina from Borgomanero, the curator of the gardens of the Borromean Islands, was awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2014.