From Baveno you can practice many activities in contact with nature, in addition to the famous Borromeo islands (Isola Madre, isola bella and isola dei pescatori) you can visit the Mottarone, from which the view will leave you speechless, you can arrive on the top with the cableway that starts directly from the lake. The area also offers many botanical gardens, the cities of Stresa, Verbania and Arona and much more, click on the various photographs for more information ..
A indispensable step is the visit to the wonderful and suggestive islands of Lake Maggiore.
L'isola Bella is famous for the most beautiful terraced garden with a 360 ° view over the Borromeo Gulf and the Family Palace where you can visit all the rooms.
L'isola dei Pescatori is a very characteristic small hamlet used by fishermen in the past, hence the origin of the name, as a point of support for their work. The island offers many restaurants for all tastes to enjoy the delights of the lake.
L'sola Madre with a large quantity of bird and its beautiful botanical garden with large trees and multiple flowers.
The islands can be reached by taxi boats from Baveno or with the boats of Lake Maggiore Navigation, the closest port to the Camping Tranquilla is Baveno, which is only 1.5 Km far away (easily accessible by walk or with the free shuttle service from the campsite)
Navigation link: www.navigazionelaghi.it
Link tour of the Borromeo Islands: www.isoleborromee.it
The gardens of Villa Taranto, considered among the most beautiful in the world, host about 1,000 plants on an area of 160,000 m2.
The floral species present are manifold and come from all over the world, among the rare species and you can find the large water lilies (cultivated in tropical greenhouses), conifers, ferns and rubias.
You can reach the gardens not only by land (car, bus, etc.) thanks to the presence of a large parking lot below the gardens, but also from the lake through a special stop where serves Lago Maggiore Navigation and a mooring for private yachtsmen.
For more info visit: http://www.villataranto.it/
Among the main tourist attractions of Lake Maggiore, together with the Borromean Islands and the gardens of Villa Taranto, Villa Pallavicino has always been a strong point for the family and school group thanks to the presence of animals inside the park like: fawns, llamas, Tibetan goats and up to the colorful parrots.
The villa, with 15 hectares of park, was sold by the Duke of Vallombrosa to the Pallavicino family in 1862, and 61 years open to the public, has recently been restored and reopened to the public thanks to the passage of the villa under the management of the Borromeo family who have entered Villa Pallavicino within the circuit of the gardens, of which Bella Island and Mother Island are two of the top attractions.
The Mottarone, despite being among the lowest mountain peaks in the Alps, overlooks a spectacular panorama. From its rounded summit, you can enjoy a 360 ° view from the Alps Marittime to Monte Rosa, passing through the Po Valley and the seven lakes (Orta, Maggiore, Mergozzo, Varese, Monate, Comabbio and Biandronno). It is also easy to see, on good weather, the triangular summit of Monviso.
The Mottarone can easily be reached via the Mottarone cable car from Lake Maggiore (Carciano) or by car using the Borromeo road, paying the toll at the Alpino resort.
At the top of the Mottarone was built Alpyland, a railroad racing track on Lake Maggiore.
cableway link: http://www.stresa-mottarone.it
link Alpyland: http://www.alpyland.com
Lago Maggiore Express
An unforgettable tour of the lake and mountains from Baveno is possible to reach Switzerland, visit the city of Locarno and cross the entire area from the mountains of Switzerland and the Val D'Ossola.
Lake Maggiore Express offers a complete ticket for a daily excursion consisting of a boat, historic train through the valleys (hence the name centovalli) and the return train to Baveno.
Many options with a single purpose, not to miss the charm of the Lake Maggiore region in all its multifaceted facets.
Every day of the week it is possible to visit one of the traditional weekly markets outdoors located in the different towns on the shore of Lake, can be reached by bus or using the sailing boats of Lake Maggiore.
Here's a list so you will not miss one:
- MONDAY: Baveno, Santa Maria Maggiore
- TUESDAY: Arona, Laveno, Saint Maurice D'Opaglio, Pettenasco, Ascona
- WEDNESDAY: Luino, Orta San Giulio, Gravellona Toce, Casale Corte Cerro
- THURSDAY: Omegna, Premeno, Feriolo (July and August only), Locarno
- FRIDAY: Cannero Riviera, Stresa, Pallanza
- SATURDAY: Armeno, Crusinallo, Gozzano, Intra, Domodossola
- SUNDAY: Pella, Cannobio
Waterfall of Toce
In the heart of Val Formazza, here is the Toce waterfall, which at 1675 meters above sea level is the second highest waterfall in Europe, with its 143 meter waterfall and the highest front at the base, of 60 meters. This natural wonder, defined by many of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Alps, with the top of the famous Waterfall Hotel, opened in 1863, from where you can see breathtaking views of the waterfall and the surrounding valley. It is also surrounded by a lots of paths that lead the enthusiasts to the discovery of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the area.
Before visiting the waterfall it is advisable to check the opening days and times of the waterfall, as to protect the water the waterfall is only open at certain times.
Waterfalls are open to the public at times available on the website: http://www.comune.formazza.vb.it/ComSchedaTem.asp?Id=18343
Lake D'orta and Lake of Mergozzo
If Lake Maggiore is not enough, two other small lakes enchant the region:
A day at Lake Orta (or Cusio) is a must, this picturesque lake charms the visitors also thanks to the town of Orta San Giulio, which behind the Sacro Monte was inspiration for poets, intellectuals and writers from all over the world, enchanted by the evocative environment, have contributed to further enrich the already ancient history of this corner of rare beauty.
The pearl of the lake is the island of San Giulio that can be visited thanks to the service of Lago D'Orta Navigation.
Links: http: //www.navigazionelagodorta.it/it/index.php
Mergozzo, with its small clear water, is a village of characteristic houses made of Ossolana stone. On the waters of Lake Mergozzo it is forbidden to drive motorcycles, which allows for long swim safely and the use of canoes or pedal boats.
Arona e la Rocca di Angera
The city of Arona is located on the Piedmont side of Lake Maggiore, which, in addition to an enchanting panorama, offers fashionable locals and numerous shops for shopping lovers.
The bars on the lakefront offer music and cocktails for pleasant evenings.
Another visit not to be missed is the statue of San Carlo Borromeo, bishop of Milan, loved by the city and honored with this statue of 35 meters overlooking the lake.
Right in front of Arona you will see Angera, a small town on the Lombard lake side, famous for its medieval fortress that rises majestically from the rock and still belongs to the Borromeo Family.