Italy, Lake Maggiore
Summer holidays in Baveno take you to a place with wonderful views of the Borromean Islands. Lovely Baveno has been a well known tourist resort since the early 19th century. This elegant past is reflected by the beautiful villas that dot the surrounding landscape.
Baveno has a small harbour, an attractive promenade with lakeside cafés and a profusion of flowers and oleander trees. Take summer holidays to Baveno and explore the splendour of Lake Maggiore in the glorious Piedmont. There are regular ferry connections to Pallanza, Stresa and the Borromean Islands. Enjoy perfect, long, lazy lakeland days in the hot Italian sun!
Isola Pescatori is an old fishing village with good restaurants, famous for the white peacocks that strut in the botanical gardens. Isola Bella, perhaps the best known of the islands, features the magnificent Borromean Palace and beautiful landscaped gardens. Take a summer holiday to Baveno for all this and much more, set in a gorgeous cosmopolitan paradise.
NEW for summer 2014 we have introduced a unique lakes and mountains experience, where you can combine your stay on Lake Maggiore with our NEW mountain resort of Gressoney, set in the heart of the Italian Monte Rosa Mountains.
Two centres | You can also combine your stay on Lake Maggiore with any resort on Lake Como so you can compare the two lakes.
Resort Code: ITBA
Languages spoken: English
Time difference: GTM +1
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Transfer Approx. 1hr by coach.
Supplements: are based on 7 nights departures.
Self drive is available
Car hire available: Yes
Evening resort bus service: No
Local bus services:
Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: No
Special Excursion Package - £105 SAVE £28
Pre-book the Macugnaga, Ascona and Cannobio and Wine Tasting excursions and receive a FREE one day boat ticket to Baveno or Stresa and the Borromean Islands
Three Lakes Tour £50, Tuesday, full day
Visit Lakes Como, Lugano and Maggiore
Milan £48, Friday, full day
Visit the Sforza Castle, the spectacular Galeria and gothic Duomo (cathedral). City guide included. Free time for shopping or La Scala visit
Macugnaga £52, Saturday, half day (runs mid June to mid Sept)
Mountain village visit and optional cable-car
Ascona and Cannobio £40, Thursday, half day
Combines Swiss Ascona and lakeside Cannobio
Wine Tour £41, Sunday, half day
The gentle hills of the wine-growing area near Stresa
BOOK LOCALLY Prices are shown for guidance only.
Zermatt and Matterhorn £71, full day
Island Tour £22, half day
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Other things to do in and around Baveno
• Swimming at Baveno’s Lido
• Villa Fedora and Villa Branca
• Romanesque belltower and Octagonal baptistry (5th Century)
• Visit Pallanza by ferry
• Mottarone cable-car
• 18th Century 'Pallavicino' botanical park
• Alpine gardens at 'Gignese'
• Mountain biking from Mount Mottarone
• Stresa classical music festival (August - September)
The Borromean Islands
The three Borromean Islands are easily reached from Baveno. Isola Bella was transformed in the 17th Century when the Borromeo family built their baroque palazzo and classically Italian terraced garden. Peacocks strut around the gardens on elegant Isola Madre, the largest island; the villa contains rooms which have been decorated and furnished in period style. Isola dei Pescatori is humble by comparison, but charming nevertheless, retaining the air of the fishing community it once was. Dickens wrote of Isola Bella "However fanciful and fantastic Isola Bella may be, and is, it is still beautiful". Our 'Island Tour' includes guided visits of Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella including entrance to the palace and gardens.
Inghams Insider Tip
Lake Maggiore is known for its fantastic display of flora - visit in May & June for the most vibrant array of spring flowers.