Category Archives: Lake Maggiore

Sacro Monte of Saint Charles

Carlo Borromeo was born on October 2nd 1538 in the castle that once stood on the Rocca di Arona ( The rock towering above Arona) and was later on destroyed by Napoleon. Carlo died in 1585 and in 1610 he … Continue reading

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Two countries, two trains and a boat trip.

Today we are doing one of the classic excursions from Lake Maggiore featuring a boat trip along the lake followed by two train journeys. Starting from Stresa we sailed past the Borromean Islands and continued north towards the Swiss border. … Continue reading

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Isola dei Pescatori

Just to the north of Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore lies Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island) It is only 300 metres long and 100 metres wide and was once a typical fishing village with the inhabitants earning their living from … Continue reading

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Isola Bella.

Just offshore of Stresa lie the Borromean Islands, the largest of which is Isola Bella. The island was owned by Count Carlo 111 (1586 – 1652) and he transformed the rocky islet into a Baroque palace and gardens. He then … Continue reading

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Lake Maggiore

Ciao. I have just returned from a short break at Lake Maggiore, the second largest of the Italian Lakes. I stayed in Stresa on the western shore of the lake, an idyllic setting with easy access to the Borromean islands. … Continue reading

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Lake Maggiore

Sunday 1st August. Today we went on a coach trip to visit lake Maggiore, the second largest of the Italian lakes. We travelled along the western shore of Lake Como to Menaggio where we turned left into the Val Menaggio … Continue reading

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