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Destination Diary – Lago Maggiore

We were lucky enough to be invited out to Lago Maggiore to eat, drink and soak up the Italian sun. (even in October!), keep reading to find out what we got up to on our trip out there!

A little bit of information – Lago Maggiore (literally meaning “Greater Lake”) is the second largest lake in Italy and is the largest in southern Switzerland. The lake and its shoreline are divided between the Italian regions of Piedmont and Lombardy and the Swiss canton of Ticino (perfect for a day trip!). There are three small islands on Lago Maggiore and all can be reached via taxi boats.

The lake has a large range of hotel and meeting spaces ranging from 400 bedrooms to small boutique hotels of 20 bedrooms. On our last visit to the Lake we visited Grand Hotel Dino, it is situated right on the lake with incredible mountain views. The 370 bedrooms are decorated with traditional Italian colours. While we were there a beautiful outside wedding took place with the picturesque backdrop of a sunset, and then to finish fireworks and lanterns set off into the night.

Activities wise, Lago Maggiore is a great place for an incentive trip. We were lucky enough to go on the incredible Zip Wire from the mountains surrounding the lake. On a clear day you can see views of the lake, and mountain ranges, unfortunately for us it was too foggy!

From water sports to historical tours of the islands it has got something for everyone. A short taxi boat  from the mainland took us to the island of Isola Bella, created from a crumbling rock to a magnificent garden where white peacocks strut and a Palace kept in perfect condition. It has taken over 400 years for the Palace and island to be finished. It is a work of Art and a must see if you ever get the chance to visit Lago Maggiore.

Our favourite bit about any trip is the food – we were taken to the incredible restaurant Piccolo Lago,  the restaurant is set on the shores of Lago Mergozzo and boasts two Michelin Stars. Head chef Marco Sacco (the most patient chef we have ever met) treated us to a cookery class in his kitchen and then sat in the sun and ate 6 courses including our own handmade Gnocci. Other than this fabulous restaurant there is so many places to sit and eat – large Italian Halls, to serene gardens overlooking the lake.

Overall Lago Maggiore is a beautiful place, a scenic 40 minute drive from the Milano Airport, and a mild climate all year it’s no wonder 100’s of events take place here every year.