Category: Where, When, How

Intrigues on Lake Maggiore: on the track of Matteo Basso

19th July

From 20th July to 22nd October 2017

High steep peaks and a beautiful blue lake. Lake Maggiore meets southern Alps’ easy mood. Romantic walks, lovely churches, enchanting islands and mountains reflecting on quiet waters: it’s difficult to imagine, but behind this idyllic landscape, a lot of intrigues are hidden and everything becomes the set of a gruesome murder. This is the world where the ex-police psychologist Matteo Basso wants to rest. In Bruno Varese’s novels “Die Tote am Lago Maggiore” and “Intrigen am Lago Maggiore”, the writer makes his novels’ heroes benefit from this breathtaking landscape, but they must also shed light on murders. Let’s start with a new adventure, a holiday to relax and to discover intriguing crimes. Welcome to Lake Maggiore!

1st day: Welcome to the Isola Bella!

After the individual arrival you will be … Read More »

Mountain biking on Mount Mottarone – 2017

20th June

Off-road trails and breathtaking views
Every day from July 1st to October 31st 2017

Enjoy a thrilling mountain bike ride along the winding paths of Mottarone above Lake Maggiore for stunning views with every turn of the road. You don’t need to be an expert cyclist. If you can cycle, and have strong hands to brake, then you will be fine!
The exact route taken will depend on the weather, and tours are adapted to take in the different colors of the seasons. But expect to see the gentle grassy slopes that divide Lake Maggiore from Lake Orta, and some of the most breathtaking views of the distant Alps.
Enjoy an uninterrupted panorama that takes in the Ligurian Apennines and Maritime Alps, as well as the Monte Rosa Massif and the high peaks of Switzerland across the Po Plain. Hikers head to … Read More »

Canyoning in the Ossola Valley – Come and enjoy yourself!

20th June

Discovering hidden places in the Ossola Valley
From July to September 2017

Experience a mixture of water, nature, and adventure on a half-day trip that takes you canyoning in Ossola Valley, located close to Lake Maggiore.
Start off your day with a transfer from Stresa, Baveno, or Verbania to Premosello Chiovenda. Then, with the help of an alpine guide, you will be taught the basics of canyoning. Put on your wetsuit and your safety gear, and then set off on an expedition that includes walking, climbing, jumping, and abseiling through a deep and wild canyon with carved rock formations. You will follow your guide along an exciting and surprising route, through ravines, along natural pools and slides, and more, as you explore the valley paradise.

When: From July to September 2017

Where: transfer from Baveno or Stresa to Premosello Chiovenda – Ossola Valley (VB)

What to bring: bathing suit … Read More »

In Vespa between Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta

20th June

In the saddle of an Italian icon
Everyday from July until October

The movie Roman Holiday evokes in the collective imagination, the most playful and romantic way to discover the Wonders of the Bel Paese.
Discover the enchanting Lake Orta starting from Lake Maggiore, where you’ll have an optional visit to the famous Umbrella Museum, before continuing with a fun route of winding roads, gentle slopes and lots of unexpected stops in nature.
You’ll travel through small villages: Armeno, Ameno, Gozzano (with the little church of Santa Maria di Luzzara dedicated to Maria’s nativity), San Maurizio d’ Opaglio (home of faucets), before reaching Pella, directly on Lake Orta. Park your Vespa and, after a pleasant walk along the lanes of Pella, reach Imbarcadero Restaurant for some lunch.
In the afternoon leave Pella by motorboat and reach Isola San Giulio. The island, widely known as the Reign of Silence, hides … Read More »

Enjoy in kayak and discover Lake Maggiore – 2017

20th June

Fun on the water in an enchanting environment
Everyday from July to end September 2017

Lake Maggiore surrounded by mountains is always elegant particularly when the wind blows from the south or the north and moves the water. This is the reason why every week you can go out on the lake for a canoe-kayak excursion and discover this wonderful spot. You first learn how to stay on a canoe and how to paddle before departing on a 1-hour excursion on the Borromeo Gulf.
Heading out on the water, you learn about the dangers of the water and discover canoeing as a means of transport. All this is possible in the unique environment of the Borromeo Gulf, where nature creates wonderful landscapes to be discovered. Here you can relax and enjoy the magnificent views.

This canoe course of 2 hours can be organized in … Read More »

Visit to the wonderful Borromeo Islands – 2017

15th June

Discovering the splendid Borromean Gulf
Everyday from  March to October 22nd 2017

The Borromean Islands are the jewels of Lake Maggiore. The Isola Bella is the true diamond, created by a man madly in love in honor of his wife Isabella. The grandiose silhouette of the Baroque palace occupies the northern part of the island and contains priceless art treasures. When you exit the palace on the other side you might think you have travelled to Wonderland; the Italian garden laid out on ten terraces is the habitat of countless exotic plants whose beauty is enhanced by the white peacocks who live freely on the island. Then there is the Isola Madre, the larges of the Borromean Islands and the first one to be inhabitated. Here we find yet another palace, albeit slightly more discrete then the previous one, and a garden, … Read More »

Come and live an experience on the glacier

26th May

Live Macugnaga
Experience on the glacier 

Meet in Macugnaga Staffa at 9:00 a.m. ca. with alpine guide. Departure by cableway from Macugnaga to Mount Moro. From the mountain hut, you will start a guided walking tour (3 hours) with easier final crest to reach the summit of Seewijnen. Return to the hut at Restaurant “Lo Smeraldo” in Mount Moro for a snack based on local cold cuts and cheeses. Free time in Macugnaga.


EXCURSION PRICE:                    € 198,00 per person min. 2 people        

                                                             € 148,00 per person min. 3 people

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“Ferrata” with guides to Macugnaga – Passo Monte Moro

26th May

Live Macugnaga
“Ferrata” with guides


Meet in Macugnaga Staffa at 9:00 a.m. ca. with the alpine guide. Departure by cableway from Macugnaga to Mount Moro. From here you will start a 1 hour walk to reach the climbing route at 3.000 metres above sea level. The activity will take about an hour and half, climbing in safety on a protected route for a total elevation gain of 250 m on compact rock. Return to Mount Moro, where you will enjoy typical “Polenta e Spezzatino” (cornmeal porridge and beef stew) at Restaurant “Lo Smeraldo” in Mount Moro.  Free time in Macugnaga.



EXCURSION PRICE:            € 117,00 per person min. 2 people        

                                                      €   98,00 per person min. 3 people

                                                      €   92,00 per person min. 4 people



Alpine guide, half-day, in the morning;
Lunch with Polenta e Spezzatino, dessert, drink and … Read More »

A musical tour and many discoveries on Lake Maggiore

24th May

A MUSICAL TOUR ON LAKE MAGGIORE /3 days and 2 nights
21st-23rd July 2017

“Tones on the stones” – the adventure of the Centovalli train, between Italy and Switzerland – and the discovery of the Borromean Islands.


1 st Day: Arrival and concert 

Arrival at Lake Maggiore and accommodation in a 3* hotel, located on the Lake.
In the evening, departure for the village of Trontano, situated in the Ossola Valley; Arrival at the cave of Trontano, aperitif with local products and participation at one of the concerts of the famous “Tones on the Stones” music festival. Return and overnight-stay at the hotel.

2nd Day: Lake Maggiore Express
Departure from Stresa by  the FFSS train to reach Domodossola, from where you will take the small train of the Centovalli to Locarno. During the journey, it is possible to make a stop in the Vigezzo Valley. In Santa … Read More »

Do not miss the wonderful islands and a magical festival

23rd May

2 days and 1 night

Weekend break on the lake for the magical festival “Tones on the stones”. What better occasion to discover Lake Maggiore and its beautiful islands.


1st day: Arrival and concert

Arrival at Lake Maggiore and accommodation in 3* hotel located in one of the lake towns.

In the evening, departure for the little town of Trontano, situated in the Ossola Valley. Aperitif with typical local products and participation at one of the concerts of the show “Tones on the stones”, which takes place in a serizzo stone quarry.

Overnight stay in the hotel.


2nd day: Borromean islands

After breakfast and check-out. Departure from Stresa by motorboat to visit the Isola Madre, the biggest of the three island, with its aristocratic villa and its majestic English garden, rich in plants and exotic flowers, in which beautiful peacocks, pheasants, parrots and other … Read More »


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