Baveno Holidays

Baveno's a great base if you're looking to travel to Lake Maggiore's various towns and islands. It has a small harbour with a lake side promenade and bustling cafés. You won't beat Baveno for views of the Borromean Islands and there are regular ferries to Pallanza, Stresa and the islands. 

What to see on a Baveno holiday 

There are colourful flowers and oleander trees all over the town and it's full of parks and botanical gardens, ideal if you're looking for a relaxing holiday in the Italian sun. You could walk around all day and never get bored. After a day of walking we love sitting in a café by the lake with a board of local cured meat and cheese and a cold bottle of white wine, chatting and soaking up the atmosphere.

If you need a bit more adrenaline in you life then there's loads of water sports on the lake and Lake Maggiore's great for wind-surfing and water-skiing. This could be the perfect contrast to sightseeing and leisurely garden walks!

Why book a holiday in Baveno with Inghams

There's always help at hand when planning your perfect Summer holiday with Inghams. We know all the best places to visit and our staff are always happy to help out. Book a holiday with Inghams and you know you'll be in safe hands.

  • from£549pp
  • 113 rooms
Hotel Simplon, Exterior

The gardens of Hotel Simplon are stunning. There's around 20,000 square metres providing lovely walks, secluded spots and welcome shade in the sunshine. There's a large outdoor pool plus you can use the pools at the sister hotel. The centre of Baveno is within walking distance too.

Excursions

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Three Lakes Tour £36 per person (full day)

Visit three lakes in one day: Maggiore, Lugano and Como. Begin in Stresa with a scenic drive along the shores of Lake Maggiore before crossing the Swiss boarder to visit Lugano. Explore the chic city – art lovers should look out for Bernardino Luini’s fresco ‘The Last Supper’ in the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli. On Lake Como, you’ll explore Tremezzo’s Villa Carlotta and its beautiful gardens and the city of Como.

Departs: Tuesdays

Milan from £35 per person (full day)

One of the most stylish cities in the world, Milan is the Italian fashion capital. Make the most of your time in the company of our local guide with a visit to the elegant Vittorio Emanuele Galleries and the Sforza Castle. There's free time to visit La Scala Opera or some of the famous boutiques too. 

Departs: Fridays

Macugnaga from £32 (half day)

In just 90 minutes we go from 260 metres above sea level in Stresa, through the Anzasca Valley where the ancient houses of the Walser people cling to the cliffs, to the foot of the second highest mountain in the Alps - Monte Rosa at over 4600 metres. Stroll through the picturesque alpine village of Macugnaga and enjoy the views across the mountain pastures. For views that are even more spectacular take the cable car.

Departs: Saturdays, from mid-June to mid-September – Optional cable car ticket (approx. €12), payable locally.

Ascona and Cannobio from £31 per person (half day)

Visit the elegant Swiss town of Ascona, a photographer's dream and home to an attractive lakeside promenade and interesting boutiques. After, head to the sleepy Italian village of Cannobio - its picture postcard setting is a favourite with local artists. 

Departs: Thursdays

Wine Tour from £34 per person (half day)

Where would Italy be without its renowned pasta and wine? This excursion gives you the chance to try some of the region's finest local produce. We’ll guide you through the beautiful countryside to the wine cellars of Ricetto, where you’ll learn about the art of wine production in the area. You'll have the chance to enjoy some Piedmont wines and tasty local snacks, 

Departs: Sundays

Excursion Package from £97 per person

Pre-book our excursion bundle, which includes the three half day tours: Macugnaga, Ascona and Cannobio as well as the Wine Tour and receive a free one day boat ticket to Baveno or Stresa and the Borromean Islands.

We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our Terms & Conditions.

Things To Do

Things to See and Do

If you're into history, The Romanesque church of Baveno San Gervasio e Protasio's a must see. The church dates back to the 14th Century and was consecrated by the Viscount Guglielmo Amidano on 13 May 1343. You could also hop on a ferry and visit the Roman town of Pallanza; home to artefacts dating back to the 1st Century! It's crammed full of colourful period buildings and a Romanesque basilica, the Church of Madonna di Campagna, which has architectural features from the 16th Century.

A trip to Baveno wouldn't be complete without visiting at least one of the three Borromean Islands. The Isola Bella's the most famous island and was turned into an Italian terraced garden in the 17th Century by the Borromeo family. It's so beautiful that it's inspired writers and poets throughout time. Dickens wrote, "However fanciful and fantastic Isola Bella may be, and is, it is still beautiful". Isola Madre's the biggest island and has peacocks strutting around its' gardens. Check out the villa and its classic Italian style. The third island, Isola dei Pescatori is a lot more down to earth. It's an old fishing island and still is today. This is where Maggiore gets it's delicious fresh fish. It's easy to get to these islands on the ferry.

Food & Drink

Primi piatti tend to be pasta or risotto dishes (in true Italian style), but for secondi you have to try out the fresh fish straight from the Adriatic sea. Fish is a staple of the region and a delicious way to enjoy your evening meals. Cheese and cured meats are also fantastic in Lake Maggiore. They have the perfect mountain climate and conditions to raise healthy cattle. Try the local Mortadella dell'Ossola a speciality cured meat and the local Ossolana d'Alpe or Bettelmatt cheeses.

Activities

If you love the water then Baveno has a great lido for swimming or you could do some water sports on the lake. There's loads to do if you want an activity packed holiday! For the sightseeing part of your holiday you can't miss the Villa Fedora public park. Lake Maggiore's known for it's botanical gardens and the 18th Century Pallavicino park's no exception. It's a wildlife park and botanical garden and a great place to walk around and check out the exotic plants and the 50 species of mammals and birds that live there.

 

Good to know

  • Buy a Rover Ticket so you can hop on and off ferries all day to explore Lake Maggiore and its islands
  • Check out the church of San Gervasio & Protasio and its fresco paintings. Visit at midday to hear the church bells ringing around the piazza
  • The famous quarries near Baveno supplied red granite for the columns of the Milan Cathedral
  • The municipality of Lake Maggiore's called Verbania
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