Discover the 12 enchanting villages located around Lake Maggiore!

Enter a magical and picturesque world by exploring the 12 enchanting villages that line the shores of Lake Maggiore. Let yourself be seduced by the beauty of these places steeped in history and charm, where each stone tells a story and each street invites discovery. Prepare for a journey full of surprises and wonders, ready to reveal the hidden treasures of this region of Italy, between lush nature and authentic heritage.

Natural border between Italy and Switzerland, THE Lake Maggiore unfolds majestically and offers an idyllic setting for an unforgettable vacation. This natural site is surrounded by charming, picturesque villages, each with a unique identity and sumptuous landscapes. Let’s dive into discovering these 12 enchanting jewels around Lake Maggiore!

Stresa and its Borromean Islands

Stresa, located in Italy, attracts with its elegance and Belle Époque villas which border the shore. Stroll along the lake promenade, visit the splendid Villa Pallavicino with its lush gardens and zoo, and take a boat to explore the beautiful Borromean Islands. An enchanting stopover not to be missed!


On the hillside and close to the Swiss border, Cannobio transports its visitors to another time thanks to its medieval streets and its baroque palaces. Stroll its cobbled streets and visit the imposing church of the Santuario della Santissima Pietà which overlooks the village.


Ascona, in Switzerland, seduces with its charm and its multiple facets. Relax amid enchanting landscapes, taste local dishes in the typical restaurants and explore the picturesque streets of this beautiful village on Lake Maggiore.


Overlooking the Borromean Islands, Baveno offers exceptional panoramas on Lake Maggiore. This historic village is home to superb Belle Époque villas and allows you to enjoy water activities or simply relax on one of the most beautiful beaches of the region.


Located in Lombardy, Luino is synonymous with nature and gastronomy. Explore the local market, stroll through the botanical gardens of the Villa Serbelloni and enjoy breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains. A haven of peace for lovers of good things!


Arona has one of the most admirable historic centers in the region and a living walk on the edge of the lake. Soak up the medieval atmosphere before admiring the Colossus of San Carlo Borromeo, a 35 meter statue dominating the landscape.


Surrounded by hills, Vogogna is a peaceful refuge. Between churches and authentic streets, this village is perfect for those looking for calm and serenity.


In Lombardy, Laveno-Mombello stretches along the lake with its historic center and its pleasant promenade. Get on board the cable car to Sasso del Ferro for a spectacular view of the lake and mountains, offering a unique perspective on the region.

Angera and its castle

Angera stands out for its famous Rocca d’Angera castle, which overlooks the village and the lake. Immerse yourself in more than 1000 years of history and appreciate the beauty of its architecture while strolling through the charming historic center.

Cannero Riviera

Cannero Riviera is the ideal village to relax along the small beaches, coves and at the small port. You will also find a pretty historic center to explore, between narrow streets and traditional buildings.


Located in Switzerland at an altitude of 600 meters, Gambarogno offers breathtaking views of Lake Maggiore. THE cable car from the village provides access to even more spectacular panoramas. Ideal for hiking, it is the perfect starting point for exploring the region.


Although not directly on the shores of Lake Maggiore, Mergozzo is worth a detour. This alpine village is home to a charming little lake and a captivating historic center. Enjoy its beaches and discover the authenticity of this enchanting place.

Continue your adventure and discover many other gems nearby such as the villages of Piedmont in Italy or those of Switzerland to extend your trip to the Lake Maggiore region!