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Lake Maggiore from Stresa to the Swiss border

Lake Maggiore from Stresa to the Swiss border

By car, 81 km, 1 day

Mort Shuman may have sung about "the snow on Lake Maggiore", but the exceptionally mild climate here has made this a favourite holiday destination. The Strada Statale 34 road skirting the west bank of the lake and its resorts full of luxuriant vegetation offer a rare environment blending a Mediterranean climate and the mountains. The breathtaking 360° view from the Mottarone and its snowy slopes provides a panorama over the sublime archipelago of the Borromeo Islands.

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Stresa

Stresa
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Mottarone   Worth a journey Worth a journey Worth a journey

28049 Stresa
Nature and gardens

Dominating Stresa and Lake Maggiore from a height of 1,491m, the Mottarone which is reached up a panoramic toll path, the " strada del Mottarone", commands a superb panoramic view over the region's seven lakes, the Alps and the Mount Rose range.

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Villa Taranto   Worth a detour Worth a detour

28922 Pallanza
Nature and gardens

The gardens of this villa, designed by a green fingered Scottish major, include a profusion of dahlias, rhododendrons, lotus flowers, water lilies and tropical trees whose curious outlines evoke those of the celebrities who planted them.

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Orrido di Santa Anna   Interesting

strada per Malesco 28052 Cannobio
Nature and gardens

Three km west of Cannobio, Orrido di Sant'Anna is an impressive gorge, whose high walls are carved out of schist and at the bottom of which is a fast-flowing waterfall.

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